I saw this on the pillar of a bridge on the canal. Does anyone know the artist? You’ve got to love such an initiative. It’s definitely different!
Today I made the season’s first visit to the Christmas market at Karlsplatz. The market here has a lot of art stuff and jewellery.
It also has some quirky stuff, like this home made, bicycle powered carousel. It’s really quite charming. 🙂
I was quite mesmerised by these lovely creatures of light that danced and moved around the market. They were so incredibly soothing.
I stalked them for quite a while. 😀
This market is located right smack in the park between Kunsthistorische and Naturhistorische Museum in Vienna, around the large statue of Maria Theresia.
It’s also extremely close to MQ and their winter village, so the view of the MQ from the market is really nice. 🙂
We came here for the Punsch a few evenings ago, to meet up with people before they disappear for Christmas. The Punsch and Glühwein at this market comes in these really cute boot-like cups, so it looks smaller than the other markets but I reckon it’s about the same amount once you get down into the boot. No complaints about the blood orange Punsch or the apricot Punsch!
The backdrop of the market is really impressive, with the two beautiful museums at each side.
Not to talk about Heldenplatz on the back end of the market!
As far as shopping goes, I think this market has some really nice stuff. I got a cable for my advent star here two years ago, from a stall that sold the same type of stars as I had got at the spittelberg market. And they have some really nice stuff for the tree, as you can see.
With an unlimited bank account I could do some serious shopping here for the tree. Oh well.. some day! 🙂
They also have some nice natural decorations around the place. I like that because it’s a little bit different to what I have seen so far. This place had lots of very nice smelling decorations, with cinnamon, cloves and whatnot. It smelled really nice to walk past. 🙂
And Alex came away with a little hedge hog from this booth. The guy makes everything from wood that he glues together, and the animals really look cute! They are quite light, so I suspect there is styrofoam inside that he pins things to and then glues the wood together around it, but hey, they look really good. So why on earth not!
I was thinking this girl will probably get snow-blind from working in this booth… lol.
Food options are also good here, with varied alternatives. although I’m not sure I would trust this cook. 😛
To sum up: A nice all-rounder, good shopping and good Punsch. It’s not extremely large, but that just makes it more manageable. What they have is nice, so if you need to get some Christmas shopping done in a hurry and want to grab a Punsch while you are at it, this is a nice place to go, where most of the booths have really nice stuff.
You can see these on the canal, below where WU used to be at Spittelau.
This little one quite resembles one that is painted on the wall close to Haus des Meeres in the 6th district. I suspect it’s the same artist 🙂
And next to it there are some strange looking bull-men. All in all though, a nice little collection!
We recently walked past this very interesting piece of street art in Vienna’s 6th district. To keep it in its current context, I did not remove the campaign posters for the upcoming European Parliament elections from the photo. As always, the right wingers’ posters are a particular eyesore with their nonsensical slogans visually screaming at you from every corner of the city.
Today is the first anniversary of my blog! One year ago I posted my very first post. I promised myself I’d keep going for at least one year, which technically speaking means I’ve made it. But, Now I’m really attached to it, so I’m going to keep going. Initially the goal of this blog was to connect with Vienna, as I was always criticising it for not being Wellington. Poor Vienna… what an unfair judgement I had passed on it! Still there are thousands of photos that could be posted. And there are so many wonderful restaurants yet to be visited, places and sights to see, churches to behold, events to attend, wonderful people I have yet to meet, and a whole new chapter of my life just waiting around the bend in the road. So yes, it has worked. I ❤ Vienna.
By now my blog is also starting to be the archive that I wanted it to be… it's possible to search for things – and find things – that you want to know about Vienna. Hurrah!
So today I have a scary clown for you. I think (or at least for me) it is supposed to be IT, from the Stephen King book/movie. And it has been there for the whole time that I have lived in Vienna, almost amazingly never tagged over. For us who live here it is a familiar sight, one which I see on averge twice a day when I'm on the U4 or cycling past it on the canal.
I don’t have much confidence when it comes to black and whites, but after some kind comments from Lois on my facebook page I decided to feature this one today. I took it on a whim to send to my friend Annika in New Zealand. 🙂 It’s just an Instagram photo… but it did turn out nice, albeit far from ‘proper camera quality.’
There’s an exhibition on now at Leopold Museum that depicts naked men in art since the 1800s. So to promote this, they’ve put up a huge 3D billboard outside the museum in MQ, which people have been climbing on and making fun of/admiring since it was put up in October. I’ve yet to see the exhibition, but as soon as my friend recovers from her operation we’re gonna go check it out. 🙂