Summer sun in Vienna

Eeva looking at our breakfast at Neni's at the Naschmarkt, ViennaSaturday was just so amazing. Not only did Vienna prove to be as beautiful as we had figured it would be on Friday, it was also t-shirt weather: just so warm!

We started with a lovely breakfast at Neni’s at the Naschmarkt. The Naschmarkt is a big market that streches for at least 500m between the streets “Linke Wienzeile” and “Rechte Wienzeile” and has not only market stands where you can get vegetables and fruits (from the normal stuff to very exotic fruits that other than in Thailand I have never seen before) but also many small restaurants. Our breakfast e.g. included not only nice views of the market but also scrambled eggs, fresh cream cheese and homemade bread and also some tea and (we thought we deserved this) a glass of champagne. Continue reading

Where I’ve been, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia, 2007

Part 3 of the 10-Days-Special on Australia will be on another part of Sydney: The Rocks. I’ve been there many times and took several people sightseeing when they came and visited. If you only have a few days in Sydney you should spend at least half a day at The Rocks, preferably on the weekend. You could either spend half of the day shopping in the CBD, walking through the Botanic Garden or taking a guided tour in the opera. Or you head to the other side, to Darling Harbour and the explore that part. But maybe you just start with the Rocks and see what the day brings. Continue reading

Where I’ve been: Barcelona.

I’ve lived in Barcelona and I loved it. But it’s been years (nearly 10 to be precise) and yes I went there afterwards again in 2006 and 2009 but it’s about time to go again. Therefore here my Barcelona highlights, as a guide for myself to check them out again soon:

  1. I love Gaudís buildings, even though they are usually full of tourists. But there are also many beautiful buildings from other times:
    • Gaudí’s Parc Guell is a beautiful retreat in the city and offers amazing views
    • Gaudì’s Casa Battlo looks beautiful from the outside
    • Gaudì’s Casa Mila is beautiful from the inside
    • La cathedral
    • Santa Maria del Mar
    • Barcelonata
    • L’Eixample Continue reading

Documenta in Kassel – an art event

If you into modern art and haven’t been to the documenta13, the big modern art exhibition that takes place every 5 years in Kassel, Germany, than you should hurry. It’s only open until the 16th of September.

I was there on the last weekend of July with Eva. We went from venue to venue, covering the Fridericianum, the Ottoneum, the Documenta Hall, New Art Gallery, all venues on the old Central Station except for the Audio exhibition part and the Karlsaue. Here are some impressions: Continue reading

Where I’ve been – Barcelona’s museums

I’ve lived in Barcelona and I loved it. But it’s been years (nearly 10 to be precise) and yes I went their afterwards again in 2006 and 2009 but it’s about time to go again. Therefore here my Barcelona museum highlights, for you and as a guide for myself to check them out again soon:

Museums: want some culture? Get some culture!

  • Are you a fan of Picasso? Here is his museum, based in some old town houses from the 13th till 15th century in the quarter Born.
  • Like Miró? His house is on the hill next to the Montjuic. Only the free audio guide made me nearly running out of the museum. Miro wrote the texts himself and I liked the pictures and statues but with his commentary they were rather disgusting. Sometimes it might be better not to understand what an artist wants to say with his Art.
  • History is your favourite? The Museu d’Història de Catalunya has it all. And you can touch, hold, try and otherwise get deep into the old times with you own hands.

There are even more museums, for design, art or football. But these three were the ones that got a special place in my memory.

Lich and surrounding – Middle Hassia on a Spring Sunday

Yesterday my cousin had his confirmation. For all of you who are not Protestant Christians: this is a specific event on which 14 year olds confirm the christian believe their parents “gave” them with their baptism. And with that they turn “of age” in a church sense, meaning they are now old enough to vote in church and receive the holy communion, but that just as a side note.

I went to Langsdorf, a little village in my home state of Hassia and we had lunch in the nearby little Town of Lich. After having eaten too much, to be honest, I went for a little walk, as Lich has a nice historical center.

While there have been finds dating back as far as 100,000 BC, what you can visit today is a historical city center with its timber frame houses dating back to the 17th century, the old defensive city walls with towers dating back to the 13th century and they have a palace as well. Here you can only visit the park but finding the entrance only when driving past on my way back home I was too lazy to look for a spot to park my car and walk through it too. The timber frame houses are amazing. Some are rather bend to some side, but they are all finely restored and magnificently painted and best of all, normal people still live in them. It is not just a museum part but a normal living quarter. Continue reading