I have seen the future! Blei gießen is a tradition in Austria, and basically what you do is to melt some led, throw it into cold water, and then interpret the shape using a chart on the back of the cardboard from the packet that you bought. 😛
My fortune sort of looks like a heart, which means luck and joy. It also looks like a rooster someone said, which is a bird, and that means unforeseen luck. Well…. There are no bad fortunes on this cardboard thing. I guess that means that nothing bad can happen. 😀
Happy new year to you all!
So, not far from this massive fake column that was for sale at Caritas, I put down my bag because I needed both hands and some climbing skills to get to the perfect chair to add to our three existing kitchen chairs. I turned my back on the bag, and when triumphantly emerging from the chaos of chairs with my prize, it was nowhere to be seen. A customer said he saw a man exit with a red bag a minute earlier… so, I immediately called, cancelled my cards, and made my way home thinking about what was in my bag. My wallet. That’s a big one. My work keys. My colleague’s work keys, that I was bringing to her. My possum merino gloves (I loved those!). But, that’s kind of it. Lots of paper and junk and empty shopping bags and probably some nicknacks that I have forgotten about. Just yesterday I also had my slr in there, and that would have been pretty awful to lose. So… it sounds crazy, but if I ever was to have my bag stolen, today was not that bad a day for it!
I still hope that my keys and the other keys are returned to me.
The boat came and took me home. Been travelling this route for over 15 years. Some things never change!
Happy birthday to my blog! Because I failed selfie-school the picture is blurry, but it is related to the post I published earlier today. 🙂 Here’s to another year of Vienna blogging!
Today is the 2nd anniversary of my blog! I wasn’t sure whether I’d make it this long when I started, but then Vienna is a huge city, and as I have several fellow Viennese bloggers it’s easy to see that between us all it’s near impossible to cover the whole city in just a few years. And it keeps changing too!! So to celebrate, why not give you some info on our own Viennese champagne factory. 🙂 For New Year’s Eve, and other celebrations a bottle of Schlumberger with gold in it is a popular treat. The cellar is located in the 19th district close to Spittelau, on the D Tramline. And it looks rather impressive as you zoom past on the tram!
The first Austrian producer of sparkling wine was Robert Alwin Schlumberger, who presented his first sparkling wine in 1846 under the name Vöslauer weißer Schaumwein (White sparkling wine of Vöslau). It was produced from Blauer Portugieser grapes growing in vineyards in Bad Vöslau which Schlumberger bought in 1843, and the sparkling wine was an immediate success. Stuttgart-born Schlumberger had worked in the Champagne house Ruinart (Ruinart Père et Fils) before he moved to Vienna in 1842 (Wikipedia). But why did he leave France?
One day in the year 1841, Robert Schlumberger met an enchanting Viennese girl on a Rhine cruise and fell head over heels in love with her: Sophie Kirchner. Another sparkly event that led to a decisive turn in his life as Sophie´s anxious mother did not want to see her daughter move to France (aha!). Consequently, young Robert decided to leave his secure and well paid position behind, bid farewell to “Ruinart” and start a new existence with his young wife in Austria. Shortly before the 1843 grape harvest, Robert Schlumberger and “his Sophie” moved to Vöslau, the only place where he had found ideal conditions for his own champagne.
Only three years later, his successful experiment of producing “mousseux wine in the champagne style“ from Austrian wines was awarded a medal at the Trade Exposition of 1845. In 1862, on the occasion of the World Fair in London, his “Vöslauer Schaumwein“, which he called by this time “Sparkling Vöslauer“, was found appropriate to be included in the wine menu of Queen Victoria of England. Schlumberger had reached courtly status. “Schlumberger Champagner“, as this beverage was called right until the Peace Treaty of Saint-Germain in the year 1919, grew to be the favourite beverage of the Viennese society of the late 19th century. A visible sign of Schlumberger´s ongoing success, the founder of the company ascended to hereditary nobility as “Edler von Goldeck“ (taken from the Schlumberger home page).
If you want to read the whole story, check out the Schlumberger home page. It’s written in English. 😉
I wonder how they get these numbers. Is there a thing that counts cyclists as they ride past the sign? Hmm. Well, in any case looking forward to riding to work tomorrow. Biiiicycle! Biiiicycle!
This weekend was the street parade around the Ring. It turns the ring into one huge dance-floor, blasting music out through speakers on each car. It was very loud!!
Cycle ways are actually quite good in Vienna. And as the city is relatively flat, it’s also an ideal way of getting around which doesn’t take much time compared to the subway and other public transport. I see many that can’t be bothered wearing a helmet in traffic though, which always makes me wonder whether people care at all about what’s inside their skulls. Even companies don’t seem to care here. In Norway everyone cycling for a courier service would most definitely wear helmets… And in NZ it is illegal to cycle without a helmet.
Lately the weather has been quite shifty. Today it is really beautiful though, with cotton clouds and nice sunshine. 🙂 Perfect cycle weather.
Quiet yesterday at the Prater Hauptallee. The weather wasn’t that great, which could be the reason why I suppose… but it wasn’t that bad either!!
Today I’m being a student at WU, actually sitting up here in the gravity-defying building where there is a nice study area. The view is quite impressive, with the massive Prater park in front of me, and the siluette of the city in the background. I’m surprised at how many students are here already… courses only start in five weeks, and still it is reasonably full.
Just a small shot from Alte Donau, where people go swimming and also rent those paddle boats that you see in the back of the shot. Alte Donau is the part of the river that’s closed off, and the water there tends to be warmer than in the main river. There are also many artificial beaches along the old river bend, most you have to pay to enter, but Arbeiterstrandbad is free. 🙂
The next stop on the journey is Bamberg. It’s close-ish to Nürnberg, and is a very charming old city. Currently there is a festival on, a Kirtag of sorts.
There are several hills in the city, as well as a river that runs straight through it.
The old city hall is on an island in the middle of the river. Seems the place has a ridiculously rich history, but I’m here for only a few days so I doubt I’ll cover all of it.
This is the home of the famous smoked beer. I can’t quite describe the taste… it literally tastes like smoked beer!
And there are many cool door knockers in Bamberg. It’s my new obsession….
This little girl gets kisses and flowers from the PhD students after they are finished. They climb up and kiss her on the cheek, and then they put flowers on the dome. Nice tradition 🙂
Out looking at the local life today I saw these words on the wall. On holiday those words are very true 😀
This restaurant is one of the most impressive looking ones in Vienna, in my opinion. It’s located out by Alte Donau.
There is so much detail put into it, all the way down to the roof tiles and interior decor. But really the most impressive sight is the garden. Which is where we spent yesterday evening.
The centrepiece of the garden is the mossy fountain in the middle of the fish pond. I really really like it!
There is also a quite impressive gazebo in the garden, which we didn’t inspect more closely as we were too busy eating, drinking and celebrating my friend’s birthday.
The food was also really great. I had sweet and sour pork, which was the best I’ve had in Vienna so far. Not quite as awesome as the one in NZ, but really I was satisfied and I enjoyed it immensely.
As the light drained out of the sky giving way to a very bright moon, we made our way back home, very full, content, and sleepy from the food. 🙂
I like this place, even if it’s not really a place to hang out per se. It’s impressive! The ww2 memorial with the large fountain in front of belvedere is really nice. In the evening it lights up in many colours.
I think this mural is trying to tell us something about the world. It’s one of the more interesting pieces down by the canal, imho.
The Twin city liner goes several days to Bratislava, which is the capitol of Slovakia. It takes less than an hour, and will set you back about 30€ if you take it one way. I’ve never done it, as I favour Blaguss (bus) when I go to Bratislava, as it’s only a 12€ return fare, but I think it could be quite nice on a sunny day to take the boat.
I finally tried out this place, having cycled past it a lot of times. It is located on the Donaukanal, just next to Badeschiff. It’s an American style BBQ restaurant. Something I really enjoyed was their selection of IPAs!! Hello, and YUM!! Indian Pale Ale is hard to come by in Vienna in general, and they had a cool selection. Not that cheap though, with the Sierra Nevada on the bottom end of the price scale at 4,90€. But worth it. Unfortunately I didn’t whip up my phone to take a picture of the food.. But I can assure you it was yummy! I had the pulled pork sandwich with kimchi, and a side of rocket and tomato salad. To die for. Portions are not huge, but they fill you up. And I guess that’s the most important thing about eating. This is the view when you’re leaning back satisfied, sipping your beer after a nice meal. I can recommend this place, yes.
These are so cute and small! I don’t know if they are actually travelling around, but the green one looks like it is. Three days are prime ice cream times! Hot. Hot. Hot.
Sometimes you cannot quite control the weather…! It did clear up though, once everyone were thoroughly wet. And then we ate!
It’s still months away from opening, but some of the platforms already have traffic. Here is a view towards Arsenal, Which is right on the edge of the new station. This place is massive. But then, it is going to be the main international train station in Vienna, which is smack in the middle of Europe, so I guess the size is justified. In September they are opening the shopping mall in the station, and the station itself will be fully operational in December. Go trains!
It had just started raining when I took this picture out the window of the tram I was in. Even though it’s not very sharp, I still quite like it. I don’t often take the tram on weekdays, but as there was no service on the U4 I had little choice. It was a cool ride though, through Vienna.
It’s been a long day! And so, I reckon it’s ok to go to bed early 😛
Sunsets look very pretty from the Belvedere garden. Don’t you think? 🙂
Today has been insanely hot. And tomorrow it’ll be worse! 34 degrees….
We went to the end of the u1 line today, to celebrate the wedding of friends. On our way there we took the Sbahn, and I snapped this photo out the window.
I saw this place a while ago, and always wanted to try it. Yesterday we finally had a chance to! It’s located right next to the Altes AKH, on Spitalgasse. And boy do they make good pies. And they’re cute too!
Pies cost between 4 and 5 Euros, and I can definitely recommend them for people who like a good pie.