So, we did finally get some snow. I would have loved to enjoy it fully today, but I was caught between packing up the old flat and resting as I am pretty sick. So I very quickly took this very ordinary photo at Schwedenplatz on my last trip home. Now, rest, sleep, more antibiotics and then more packing to do tomorrow!
The Ring Tram is a tourist train which follows the Ring, which goes around the first district in Vienna. The D line is just as good for seeing most of the Ring, but that’s another matter. You can see from the sign on the top of the tram that 2015 is a special year for the Ringstrasse.
According to the WienTourismus website, “Emperor Franz Joseph opened the Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865, initiating the greatest municipal building project of the age. In the years to follow, magnificent buildings arose that shape the Vienna Ring to this day. Imperial commissions led, for example, to the construction of the Vienna State Opera, the Burgtheater, the Neue Burg, the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the Museum of Natural History. The Parliament, the University and City Hall were a reflection of the new democratic trends. The wealthy haute bourgeoisie built their prestigious palaces in the spaces in between. All of these buildings are now among the sights on the Ringstrasse.
The street, which is 5.3 kilometers long and 57 meters wide, was an elegant promenade for the upper classes. Today it is open to everyone, as is evident from such annual events as the Vienna City Marathon or the Rainbow Parade. Along the Danube Canal the Vienna Ring is also a hot spot for the youthful urban scene as well as modern architecture.”
Leading up to Christmas I’m sure that there are many who wish that they could take care of their errands to the post office during the weekend. And it just so happens that there is a place for us to go here in Vienna if we need a post office late on Saturday or on Sunday!
The opening hours at the post office on Fleischmarkt are much more customer friendly than we are used to from our local post office. It’s just up from the subway on Schwedenplatz. 🙂
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.
The days are just so warm and beautiful this week! This piece of graffiti caught my eye as I was cycling home past Schwedenplatz yesterday afternoon. It’s a picture of the Danube Canal monster… one of the nice pieces on the canal I think. There is so much shit being sprayed on the sides there nowadays… almost as if the people have lost their will to produce nice stuff.
I finally got to editing this one. Shot on my way to an appointment. A bit different than a picture, but still a little snapshot of Vienna. Where things happen to be moving. It’s like Harry Potter 😀
Something strange met me yesterday on the way home from town. This stuff was plastered all over Schwedenplatz subway. Poems, excerpts, slogans etc.. all kinds of pieces of text was there. At first I thought it was something religious, but then I found out that actually it wasn’t.
It was put on by a Viennese poet/writer/philosopher called Helmut Seethaler, who is apparently known for this kind of events around the city. His vision was to make art public, something that also transcends into people’s everyday lives and spheres. So, he is putting up poems and musings on subway stations, light poles, and in other public spaces. And yesterday, he was putting them up here. Great!! 😀
Thanks to fellow Viennese blogger Jedib on http://louisland.wordpress.com/about/ for clearing that up! 🙂
So, you can see here that the water is pretty high in the canal.. This is a picture of Sofitel just across from Schwedenplatz. To compare, you can look at THIS post, where you can see how far down the water normally is in the canal at Schwedenplatz (it helps if you enlarge the photo by clicking on it)… You can only see the topmost largest bricks today! Luckily, Vienna has escaped the massive floods that have ravaged much of Austria in the last days. However, much of the Danube Island is flooded, and it will not open for swimming for a long while after the water has gone down, because of the dirty water/pollution.
If you go on the facebook site for A picture a day from Vienna, you’ll see more impressions from the canal. –>