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!