July 2014 archive

Weekend getaway

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MOLE WEST

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

Here is a weekend getaway idea for you: If you live in Vienna and have a car, or a friend of yours has a car and you two (or three, or four) want to do something different on the weekend and go for a breakfast, dinner, or for a drink next to the lake, visit Mole West in the Lake Neusiedl. As far as I remember they don’t accept reservations and on the warm summer nights this place is usually full. You have to be a bit patient until a table is free. If you want to have a dinner, go earlier than 22.00 because the kitchen closes at 22.00.
It’s a great location and the place gives you that feeling of being on a holiday, so it’s totally worth a visit in my opinion. I visited this place twice and both times we had a chat with a waiter who told us that he came from Hungary and I still remember that he was especially kind to us. The second time he even brought us some finger food even when the kitchen was closed. Overall, a nice experience.♥

Helianthus annuus

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Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

Helianthus annuus aka sunflowers. Have you ever stopped the car suddenly, pulled it up to the side of the road and jumped into a field of joyous Helianthus annuus?
In Burgenland we found many endless sunflower fields on our way and as they are during the peak of summer, we didn’t want to miss the chance of snapping some photos among the yellow, cheery flowers.
My only concern was the bugs, the bees, all the possible insects and my biggest fear was the snakes but in the end everything went smoothly and we had some amazing pictures with a spectacular background. I just love to take pictures in the most incredible amazing places.♥

“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.”- Pam Stewart

Escape the city

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When my friend said that we will go to the village Rust to see the storks, I had no idea what she was talking about. With the spirit of “escape the city, get away from all the stress, embrace the summer, do something different” we arrived to a very beautiful village and to my surprise we saw so many gardens with beautiful flowers, chimneys with nests and storks on them. This is what I like when I visit a place for the very first time. You don’t know what to expect and it can surprise you pleasantly. We sat on a traditional wine tavern and we ate some delicious Eismarillen knödel from Tichy and then we milled around to capture the beauty that was surrounding us. Amazing escape from the city.

Rust is in Burgenland located on the Western shore of Lake Neusiedl.
The photos of this post describe the spirit of The Viennese Girl. Happy and carefree in a peaceful place full of colors.♥

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Roald Dahl

Visit Esterházy Palace

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The other day I had the opportunity to visit Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt. A baroque palace that offers a wine museum, gift shop, guided tours, and concerts. Last week I had the chance to visit the Esterházy Palace but I know that I would like to see and learn more about the Austrian countryside. An Asian proverb says “It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”. I totally agree.

Hope you all have a nice day!

Outfit: Forever 21

Before sunset

Have you ever been to Podersdorf am See? Well, it’s not the place that I liked so much but the lighthouse, the lake, the pier, but above all…. the sunset. After work, take your significant other and drive to Podersdorf am See, sit on the pier and enjoy the sunset…just the two of you! Doesn’t it sound nice? It doesn’t only sound nice. It is!!!

Podersdorf am See is on the shore of the Neusiedler See, not far away from Vienna and close to Hungary. After that, go to Mole West for a drink.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault.

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

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The blogging experience

The blogging experience

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

I started blogging seven months ago and I thought I should write some words about the blogging experience and share my thoughts with whoever might be concerned. Thoughts come out from my experiences. Blogging was and still is a very new world for me, such a big world and so many new things to learn, from technical things such as hosting companies, plug-ins, and SEO, to marketing and promotion. Overall, the blogging experience is fun but it can also be very tricky as well.

Copyright is something that everybody should take seriously. But many people don’t know that. And to be honest, some months ago, I also didn’t know that. When you hear of copyright, you might think: what’s the problem if I take a picture from another website? It is not that simple. Taking pictures that belong to others or copying text that someone else has written might get you into a problem and actions can be taken. I am not trying to warn you or to threaten you, don’t get me wrong. I am just trying to tell you to be careful with this stuff. I also visited once a lawyer who gave some very useful advices on what to do and what I shouldn’t do and also talked with photographers about copyright. For that reason, on my blog, which is like a photo journal, I use photos that were taken by me, or photos that other persons gives me with their written permission. I never use others’ photos without their permission.

To create a blog you need money and technical knowledge at the beginning. To keep up the blog and make it grow and grow you need a lot of time and creativity, and a big imagination in order to write entries that people would take the time to read and photos that people would fancy to look. Blogging is a job. It is like any other job that requires your effort and time. So, I find it reasonable that bloggers add advertisement to their blogs to make some money out of this.

The usual topics that bloggers write about are fashion, food, and travel. And I find that reasonable too. Would you imagine a girl writing about politics or football? I mean, if you feel like writing about football, you can do so. Nobody will forbid you from doing so, unless you do something that hurts or insult others. The topics of my blog are the same with so many other bloggers. By blogging the same topics we all run one risk. The risk of doing something that at the end might become boring and of no interest. The best we can do is, not to change topics of course, but to try to do it on our way, personal and unique.

The virtual world of The Viennese Girl has nothing to do with Silia’s world, my real world. This website gives me the chance to create a brand new world. A world that is more exciting, more charming and more interesting than my real world. A world without airplanes that are crashed on the air above the Ukrainian air zone, a world without wars and battles, a world without hunger and poverty. It’s all about creativity and imagination and whoever follows this blog shouldn’t confuse these two different worlds.♥

I have some plans that excite me for the future and the online world of the Viennese girl. But it takes time to realize them because simultaneously I have to carry out several other things in my private real life that need my time as well.

The conclusion is: You should never stop doing what you love and makes you happy, no matter what.

Dinner in the sky

I checked the weather, it was good. And I thought I shouldn’t spend the night at home. For a long time a friend of mine and I wanted to go for dinner at Akakiko in Mariahilferstrasse and have dinner in the sky. The Japanese restaurant is on the fifth floor of the shopping center Gerngross, so you have a view of Mariahilfer church and of the roofs in the 6th district. Locals may already know this place, but this could be a good tip for tourists.
I called to make a reservation in advance because I know very well that when the weather in this city is nice, all the places are usually full. I went there, I sat on a table waiting for my friend to come. Then I looked at the menu, and I felt so embarrassed because I realized I was sitting in the wrong restaurant. If you want to eat sushi, and not Austrian cuisine, don’t do the same mistake. Next to Akakiko there is another restaurant called Brandauer im Gerngross but we wanted to eat sushi. I apologized to the waiter and moved to Akakiko.
We had a dinner that lasted from 19.30 till 23.00. The waiter turned down the lights at 23.00, it was time to leave.
I hope you enjoy the photos below.

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Blue Danube

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The blue Danube (which is actually not that blue) is an ideal green oasis for those who want to escape the city. Take the metro line U1 and get off either at Alte Donau metro station or at Donauinsel.

What can you do there? Invite your friends and host a barbecue (but remember to reserve a place in advance), have a dinner at the restaurants (I like this one for the atmosphere) and cafes directly on the waterfront, do some water sport or go swimming or jogging, rent a pedal or an electric boat for a super romantic ride on the water or just sit on a bench, relax and gaze at the sunset.
I shouldn’t forget to mention the Donauinselfest, which is an open-air free music festival that takes place every summer and lasts for three days.

On the photos above, I gladly share some snippets of my last visit to the blue Danube.

One more Vienna tip

I brought my lovely friend Ioanna to Himmelblau and she was excited. I told her “You see, after some years in Vienna, there are still new things to discover” although Vienna is more like a big village for us and not like a big capital city”. When you come from a huge city like Athens, then Vienna is more like a playground, like a big village.
Himmelblau was the reason that brought us to the 18th district and we both loved it a lot. A bit far away from the centre but the ambience, sweets and the waiter from Chile who served us a Couscous Tabbouleh, an omelette and some delicious pastries are good reasons to go back to Himmelblau. What we liked most was the Ginger Lemonade.
One more Vienna tip: On the same street you will find the Kutschkermarkt where you can buy fruits, vegetables and flowers.

“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.”
― Jo Brand

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