A really good place for some refreshments this arvo. Having visitors is great for getting out and about in the city, and today we found ourselves in need of feeding and watering when we were close to the Museumsquartier. Rather than trying to find a reasonable place around Hofburg, we decided to head to MQ. This cafe is nice, fairly ok priced (though not budget), and had nice teas and other beverages. I was also fascinated by the little dollhouse displays on the wall – super cute!
This is a pub in the 3rd district that I’ve been wanting to go to for AGES. It looks quite inconspicuous, but they have a really kickass selection of beers on tap and bottled, just check out their drinks menu. Some day soon I WILL CHECK IT OUT!!!
As some of you may have noticed, an icon popped up in the side-bar a couple of days ago with a link to InterNations. I found out that they have a blogroll there, recommending blogs from expats to people considering moving to a city. After a very smooth process, I have now been featured in the Vienna-section! Yay, supercool! 😀 If you would like to read my interview, you can click on this link.
Hopefully my blog is now of use to people wondering what Vienna is really like. There is definitely more to the place than all the spectacular tourist views, but that just makes it even more exciting to come here. Once you’ve checked off all the 'must see' things on your list, there is another layer of events and attractions to be found behind the tourist scenes.
I've been registered with InterNations for about three years now… probably a bit more than that. I haven't fully capitalised on all that they offer though. They have a lot of events, and there are so many great people there. Here in Vienna they have two get-togethers every month, usually one clubbing and one 'drinks', or sometimes two clubbing events. I’d hugely recommend InterNations to people who are new somewhere, and who want to find some like-minded people. Not just for people in Vienna, but all over the world! You can go to http://www.internations.org and check out if they have a chapter in the city where you live. The sign-up process also prevents the site from being run over by creeps. Big plus! 🙂
Ok, so today is totally dedicated to offline activities, namely cleaning out the new flat. The previous tenants must have been some real pigs… but here is a shot of my new street – my hood! ya! Just an average street, looking towards the Belvedere garden. I’ll miss having trees on my street. That I will.
He’s always looked somewhat ok, I reckon. Definitely mayoral. But one thing that is common for all the shots of him that end up on billboards, is that he looks like he’s been made to smile for hours, and he’s always wearing a lot of foundation. Well, that’s what it looks like. Herr Dr. Häupl has been the mayor pretty much since I moved to Vienna.
One of the cool things about Austria is topfen. I love this stuff, it’s amazing in cakes, and not unhealthy. Topfen is essentially the same as quark, and can be bought here in tubs at the supermarket. They also have a variety of topfen desserts, which I went for at lunch today. As a replacement for chocolate… I’m going a little bit nuts trying to stick to my resolution of no chocolate this year, so I’m trying to find healthier alternatives. Topfen and I are becoming good friends. 🙂
How many times haven’t I walked down my beloved Landstrasse, towards Wien Mitte, feeling like I really belong here? I can’t even count the times.. I’ve loved living in the 3rd. I’ve been here for 3 years now. I immediately felt at home when I moved into my little flat in January 2011, and now this is coming to an end. I’m moving to the 4th. A new chapter of my life is starting, being close to Belvedere, and afternoon walks in the gardens surrounding Prinz Eugene’s summer residence will be an everyday occurrence. I’m happy about the new neighbourhood, it’ll be nice to be able to take the D line all the way to 38A, perhaps a bit quieter then in the morning. It adds another 10 minutes to my commute, but I’ll be taken through the centre of town every morning. I won’t complain. 🙂
The 3rd will always be a favourite though! I’m happy about the years that I’ve spent here, and I’ll look back at this with fond memories. Now a new chapter of my life is starting..!
As some commenters have mentioned, there are many tourists at the most ‘famous’ Christmas markets. This shows a row of buses outside the Schönbrunn market. Buses come from Poland, Czech, Hungary, Slovenia.. All over the place! I suppose some people think it’s worth it to come here for a bit of pre-Christmas cheer. Vienna is really at its most picturesque during this season… it really knows how to do Christmas! So, I’ll continue to work my way down the list of markets. 🙂
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.
Scene from Stadtpark. A small example of the cute-looking streets here in Vienna. 🙂 If you wonder how I’m going in Asia, visit my Instagram profile! 🙂
Today was the day of the pride parade. And where was Tina? Off stressing, preparing for the big trip, having lunch.. working.. in short: Everywhere but the parade which I wanted to take a picture of!! So, I happened to pass the gay and lesbian house today, and I thought maybe that’s a good replacement. After all, the gay and lesbian house is there all year long, whereas the parade is there only today… so … ahem. WELL anyway. I present to you: The lesbian and gay house on Pilgramgasse. Enjoy, 😀
According to the website, Beethoven Wohnung in the Vienna suburb of Heiligenstadt is dedicated to a crucial and devastating event in the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. It recalls the “Heiligenstädter Testament” he wrote in 1802 – the letter to his two brothers which he never sent and in which he expressed his despair over his advancing deafness.
The exhibits document the background to this intimate testament, to the compositions of the summer of 1802, and to the summer resort of Heiligenstadt at that time. A second room takes a look at the last months in the life of the composer, and his death in the Schwarzspanierhaus, which no longer exists.
Well… it doesn’t look that strikingly extraordinary on a normal afternoon… 😉
These old gas bells (the big brick thing) have now been transformed into a fairly huge apartment complex called Gasometer. It’s housing a fair amount of modern apartments, and a shopping mall, and an entertainment complex. I go there sometimes for the gym. And for large concerts… it’s got one of the biggest concert venues in Vienna. 🙂
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Pani Bär is undoubtedly the place where you can get the best horse meat dish in town. If you really like horse (in a culinary sense) or you’re curious, I’d recommend a trip to Milennium city to try it out (dish nr. 19). If you think it’s awful to eat horse, then please don’t go out there to complain… I really love this dish! 😉
On the weekends, no cars are allowed to drive into prater. The area is for buses only, and pedestrians, cyclists, rollerbladers, runners, dogs etc. No cars. Sometimes, they place several police cars in intersections, and round up all the cars that come past. Here you can see them in action in the intersection at Hauptallee and Stadion. 🙂
Postmen are quite yellow in Vienna. The first time I saw someone with one of these babies, I seriously thought they had it pretty rough. But then, comparing them to other countries where they often have to carry the load in a bag or whatnot, actually they should be relatively cofortable. I think these trolleys can carry quiiite a bit of weight. So if I ever have to move homes without a car, I’ll see about nicking one of these 😛