Thursday, February 22, 2018

Upper Belvedere - The Marble Hall

The grand staircase leads to the Marble Hall, the Upper Belvedere's most magnificient room. The hall occupies two storeys and once served as an antechamber. On 15 May 1955 the Austrian State Treaty, that re-established a free, sovereign and democratic Austria after the end of World War II, was signed here by the Allied occupying powers (France, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union) and Austrian foreign minister Leopold Figl.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No Bad View

That's what you see when you stand in front of the Upper Belvedere and look towards the city center. I love the expression of the sphinx's face...

Monday, February 19, 2018

Upper Belvedere

We had another dreary weekend... As it was also rather cold, my Sunday afternoon walk ended at the Upper Belvedere. The palace was built as summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy who used it primarily for purposes of prestige and display. In the second half of the 1770s the "Imperial Picture Gallery" was transferred from the Imperial Palace to the Upper Belvedere. Today the palace houses the permanent collection of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Flowers #258

"Even though February was the shortest month of the year, 
sometimes it seemed like the longest." - J. D. Robb

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

If You Love me...

This street art piece in the 6th district is a collaboration of the Israel-based artists Dede Bandaid (swan) and Nitzan Mintz (poem).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Let's eat Krapfen!

Today is the last day of carnival, the last possibilty to indulge in "Krapfen", the traditional Austrian carnival sweets: they are dougnuts made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil. The classical version is filled with marmelade or jam with powdered sugar on top, but you get them also filled with vanilla cream, plum butter, nougat...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Schulhof

Schulhof is one of my favourite little squares in the city center. Its name derives either from a school run by Jesuits or a synagogue (jiddisch: shul) which were located here in the past. The building on the left side (with the red and white banner) houses the Clock Museum.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday Flowers #257

"February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting
can bring back any air of summer." - Shirley Jackson

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Look up

Don't forget to look up every once in a while, there are a lot of beautiful facades to see...

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Walk in the Snow

Here's the last photo from my Wednesday afternoon walk along the Old Danube in the snow...

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Snowy & Dreary

Here's another impression of yesterday's afternoon walk along the Old Danube. I thought that there would be a lot of children with their sledges or building snowmen because of the current school holidays, but I hardly met anybody... Well, no problem, I prefer deserted alleys, but I have a really big problem with the still ongoing drearyness...

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Thin Layer of Snow

Today it was snowing until the early afternoon. Luckily I had the opportunity to take a walk in the snow along the Old Danube

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Weltmuseum - Hall of Columns

One of the museums located in the Imperial Palace is the Weltmuseum Wien (formerly the Museum of Ethnology) with its magnificient hall of columns. The museum has been closed for several years due to the redesign of the permanent collection and public areas and was reopened in late 2017.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Imperial Palace by Night

Until 1918 the Imperial Palace was the political centre of the Austrian monarchy. Today it houses non only the offices of the Federal President, the ministers of the chancellor's office and the secretaries of state but also several museums and the Austrian National Library.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday Flowers #256

"February is the border between winter and spring." - Terry Guillemets

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

Mölker Steig

These steps are a part of Mölker Steig, an alley in the city center. The names derives from the adjacent Mölkerbastei, a former bastion of the city walls.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

February Theme Day: Tired

This is my favourite morning cup: I love the text that reads "Allergic to morning" in French (I bought the cup some months ago in Paris) and the drawing. I'm absolutely not a morning person, and I hate to get up at 6 am during the working week. At this time of the day I always feel nearly as tired as in the evening when I go to bed. 
Click here to view the thumbnails of all participants in the theme day.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Young Athlete & City Hall

The bronze statue "The Young Athlete" in front of the Theseus Temple in Volksgarten and the City Hall in the background last Sunday late in the afternoon. It wasn't as chilly as it looks in this photo.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Vienna Ice World 2018

Currently the City Hall forms the backdrop of the "Vienna Ice World". There's not only an ice rink in front of the City Hall but also an ice path winding trough the City Hall park. Restaurateurs pamper sportspeople and onlookers with regional delicacies at various outdoor booths. The ice rink is open until March 4 from 10 am to 10 pm.

Monday, January 29, 2018

A Teddy Bear in the Subway

Last Saturday afternoon in the subway: a girl and her teddy bear.... I was wondering if she just received him as a gift or if she was on her way to present him to someone. Either way, he seemed to like the ride...

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sunday Flowers #255

"January, the first month of the year,
A perfect time to start all over again, 
Changing energies and deserting old moods,
New beginnings, new attitudes." - Charmaine J. Forde

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Cup of...

To me tea is like a hug in a cup. And with the permanent gloominess I need a lot of "tea hugs"... Do you prefer tea or coffee? 

Friday, January 26, 2018

You Are Not Free...

This mural by Colombian American artist Jessica Sabogal, located in the 5th distreict, is part of a campaign of the non-profit and interdenominational social welfare organisation Volkshilfe. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Midnight Walk

The mural "Midnight Walk" was created by German street artist Mr. Woodland in August 2016 in the context of the "Calle Libre - Festival for Urban Aesthetics".

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Art Nouveau Building

During my Sunday afternoon walk I passed by this beautiful Art Nouveau building in the 6th district.