I just started a German course on Neuer Markt, and that takes me down Kärntnerstraße every morning. It’s a good feeling to have something to get up for every morning!
So I have been very quiet lately. But a lot has happened, which explains my absence. I moved apartments and now live with a very cool guy, I finished my doctorate, and the unemployment services are coursing me in how to get a job. All of this combined has meant that I have checked out a bit.
So, behind the sound barriers and trees across the street here is my new home. It has yet to get a kitchen installed, but we’ve been dealing ok with it. In other words, we have a microwave oven. And live next to an all you can eat buffet…
The 22nd is different. It’s quieter, greener, people have gardens, and there is an abundance of Hofer shops.
Also, instead of having a view to the next building outside you see green things. Trees. As a person growing up on the countryside I’m absolutely loving the change. 🙂 so, now I will more frequently show you places in Transdanubia. Although I am still in the city almost every day.
Through the summer, the opera house has a goodie for those who like opera. They screen live feeds of the performances that are showing. So, on a nice evening, one can snuggle up in one of the chairs outside, and watch an entire opera on the big screen. Probably even getting a better view than some of the people inside! With subtitles! 😀
This is one of my new favourite places to bring my visitors for some authentic Viennese coffeehouse action. The cake is amazing, and from what I have been told they know how to make coffee (difficult for me to judge as I don’t like coffee).
The style is comfy, with a touch of art deco in the chandeliers. It is possible to get a seat without a booking, but it could mean waiting. After over six years in Vienna I now have a great range of non touristy coffee houses to pick from. 🙂 Well. Four of them…..
Prater is 250 years this year, and there are many events scheduled throughout the year to celebrate. Yesterday I went into Prater to catch a glimpse of the flower parade featuring horse carriages and various old vehicles. The weather wasn’t great, but could have been worse! 🙂
Sorry for not replying sooner to some of you. For some reason I don’t get new notifications anymore… For anything, even though I have switched them on in my android app. Weirdness!! Anyone else experiencing that problem?
Can’t get away without posting a photo, here from outside a school in the 3rd district, where all the cool kids have scooters locked outside. 🙂
Walking along the Alte Donau yesterday we were soaking up the sun and watching people get boats and bars ready for summer. I like coming here to swim in summer, but so does the rest of Vienna, so I usually end up in Lobau on the Danube island 🙂
Funny pun – is wurscht = it doesn’t matter (or just whatever)
For about 10 weeks I’ve been living in the first district, and prior to that I had only a vague idea of how confusing the streets here can be. It’s practically a maze. Getting to Kleines cafe from where I live on Fleischmarkt for example requires GPS walking if you’re not familiar with the area. What is nice about wandering around and potentially getting lost is the many cute alleys in the first. It’s like getting to know a whole new city. 🙂
Man I’m sick of this weather. It’s not even real weather, it’s just waiting to become weather. So what does one do? Screw it, go for a walk anyway!
So here are two pictures from a walk to Kahlenberg and down again today. Actually enjoyable, considering the company and the exercise. And the views. Which would have been better in any other weather. I correct myself: which would have been improved with the presence of weather.
Oh March…. You’re so much better in the southern hemisphere…
I finally walked past this during daytime. And it is definitely a cool market, if you’re looking for… Well, anything it seems.
Mediterranean foods seem to be in abundance here. Mixed in with clothes stalls, cheese, shoes, knitwear, handbags, funny blinky toys…… And so on. Worth a look see if in this part of town.
If you walk through Prater in the morning, you get a whole other perspective on it. I caught this scene one morning walking to Uni. The ponies were going to the carousel, where they go around all day.
You also notice new things in the daylight when the park is empty. I don’t think I have ever noticed this dragon before…
I think Prater is one of my favourite places to hang out in Vienna. It may be a bit tacky and the music pumping out from all the rides is about as great as the smurf CDs you had when you were a kid….. But you loved that CD. Just admit it. 😉
I feel very bad for the quality of pictures on this post, but I forgot my camera!! My phone had to do its best, and I suppose it does also give you a feel for the atmosphere at the market. Altes AKH is now part of the Univeristy of Vienna, and it is set up inside the old hospital grounds. So, it is completely enclosed in a large courtyard, which makes it a bit sheltered from the wind and cold.
The little Ferris wheel that they have there is very charming. It’s certainly not for grownups though, as the cars are really small. But it adds to the atmosphere 🙂
One of my favourite things about this market is the variety of Punsch. They have all kinds of fruity punsch, much based on liquors (apricot, orange, but also kaluha, baileys, jägermeister and you name it they have it!).
I had a great time sampling these guys’ punsch yesterday. The Marille (apricot) was the best! I think.
I was also very curious about the kokos punsch, but I didn’t end up trying it… next time!
Apart from Punsch they also have a little market, of course. I find that this market is not that great for shopping, but there are of course a few really great stalls at every market. But I would more come here for the atmosphere, and if it’s windy it’s also got some shelter so it’s more bearable.
There is variety! I like the sausage dog. The things people put on their tree these days… tut tut!
So, if you’re in the 8th/9th district and you feel like Punsch, this would be a good place! That’s my tag-line for this market. 🙂