September 2014 archive

On Instagram

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There is so much traffic on my Instagram account, therefore I would like you to know two things: first, I try to provide high quality content (don’t know if I achieve it) and secondly and most importantly, your positive comments make my day and sometimes put a smile on my face, no matter what my mood may be. I really enjoy sharing my snapshots around the Vienna with everyone who likes to see them and I totally appreciate your kind words.

Besides, there are two things that fascinate me the most in the whole story. First of all making new friends all over the world (if I ever get the chance to meet some of them in person that would be awesome too) and secondly, the fact that images can have such a big impact on other’s life. This is the feeling that I get from every comment. And then I think that images need to motivate and inspire, don’t you agree?

On the other side, I find it challenging having to keep up the good work but somehow writing and snapping photos have become a big passion of my everyday life even though I am neither a photographer or a writer..

Best pizza in Vienna

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Where do you find the best pizza in Vienna? As you know I love food and I especially die for sushi, Greek and Italian cuisine. After many visits in different pizzeria in Vienna, I came to a conclusion. I checked those places again and again with my italian friends and they like their pizza too. They all taste so good like in Napoli, my only complaint is that they cost a little bit more than in Napoli. If you are in Vienna or if you ever visit Vienna in the future, take a pen and paper and write down those top pizza restaurants:

Il sole in the 1st district

That’s amore in the 3rd district

Disco Volante in the 6th district

Da Peppino in the 7th district

Il sestante in the 8th district

Riva in the 9th district

I would love to know your opinion. Don’t forget to leave a comment below.

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Breakfast at Motto am Fluss

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As I spend these days, day after day, in libraries in front of the screen of my computer, hidden behind a pile of books, doing some research on Italian cinema and trying to write a thesis, I thought I should spoil myself with a rich breakfast and headed straight to that place next to the Danube canal which is called Motto am Fluss before heading to the library. Saying that, it’s obviously not my favorite way of spending my days, my cell phone attracts my attention and I cheat a little bit looking at photos on Instagram (I hope the professor doesn’t read this).

Breakfast at Motto am Fluss is always a nice experience, I usually order pancakes with fruits, homemade rosemary lemonade, and chocolate croissant with almonds, and all tastes super delicious but do you know what I like most? Their logo!! Yes indeed, I find it really cute. All in all, a place to visit again and again. ♥

Breakfast at Motto am Fluss

Vienna in September

Vienna in September

I came to a friend’s flat for a couple of days and as I came home alone and tried to open the door, I guess I was doing something wrong and therefore the door didn’t open. I was standing in front of the door with my big pink suitcase, totally frustrated, with one hand trying to open the door and with the other hand speaking to my friend on the cell phone. Suddenly an old man from the apartment across showed up and started asking me if I am a burglar or if I am allowed to enter the flat. He made me really nervous with his nonsense questions, I told him that I am not a burglar and fortunately he locked his door and left me alone.
Later on, when I managed to open the door and entered, it suddenly started raining cats and dogs. The rain didn’t last long and afterwards a multicolored rainbow appeared in the sky. I don’t see rainbows often and at that moment I remained completely in awe because it was like a surprise, a magical one.

Conclusions of September:

1. There is no better welcoming in a flat, than a rainbow in front of your window.
2. And for God’s sake!! You never ask a lady with a pink suitcase if she is a burglar.

In a nutshell, Vienna in September wasn’t so nice; therefore I am glad September is coming to an end.

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Franziskanerplatz

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Franziskanerplatz is one of these places I spotted on the Internet even before I came to Vienna and I was lucky because I used to live very close to this lovely square which has a fountain in the middle and looks like one of those squares somewhere in Italy. Unfortunately my flat now is not so close to Franziskanerplatz but when the weather is nice in Vienna, visit the Kleines Café in Franziskanerplatz (they serve delicious bread with a choice of toppings) and wait for a while until a table is free outside. I never visit this place during the winter because the cigarette smoke indoors disturb me a lot, but during the summer is definitely a very pleasant place, less touristy, central yet quiet.

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Franziskanerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Letters from you

Photos above were snapped on my holidays in Santorini by Antonio Giannakos.

Lately I received some strange emails. But when I say strange, I mean it in a very positive way. I mean…unexpectedly pleasant emails.

There was a girl telling me that she spent one hour and a half in front of the blog reading on it.

There was another email from another girl who was telling me that through the blog she found some places to visit that she didn’t know before even though she had been living in Vienna for eight years.

There was another guy who was a newbie in Vienna and before his arrival he searched for info about Vienna and downloaded lots of online travel guides. He sent me an email telling me that no other site helped him to enjoy Vienna as much as I did.

I replied to all of them. I try to reply to all of them for the simple reason that I appreciate that they took the time to write me. I won’t mention their names for privacy reasons but they really made my day. If The Viennese Girl Blog manages to make even one person smile, or helps somebody to do something, then we already talk about success.♥

Bright side of life

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Photos above were snapped on my holidays in Santorini by Antonio Giannakos.

My return to Vienna hadn’t been as good as I would’ve liked. It was raining nonstop for two days and that didn’t help me at all to adapt myself smoothly to the city life. Leaving a place which has 30 degrees to go to a place which has 14 was very disappointing. I wanted to hide myself under a duvet, or even better, to press a button that would teleport me back to the magic Cyclades, but instead of that, I had to run errands all day in rain. September can be a cruel month for many people, I guess. Kids get back to school and adults get back to work. Whatever happens, always look on the bright side of life.

“Happiness is simply a habit of looking on the brighter side of everything.”Richelle E. Goodrich

Bright side of life

Every summer has a story

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Every summer has a story, Santorini has the best…

The first time I visited Santorini was in 1998 with my pen pal friend from Holland (Bianca, if you are reading this, where are you?). Second time I visited Santorini was in 2003 with another friend of mine. Now I am about to tell you a crazy story. That friend of mine, in the summer of 2003, fell for a guy whom she met in Mykonos. That guy told her that at the end of August he would be working in a bar in Santorini. So now you can imagine why I went to Santorini in August 2003. I had to sacrifice myself to accompany my friend who was in search of her love. It was the last weekend of August, the end of the summer. My friend and I were sitting in the living room and the school was closed. There was nothing to do, we were listening to radio music, we didn’t talk. We were little sad that the summer was coming to an end and that the school was about to start again. Suddenly someone (I don’t remember whether it was me or her) popped the idea to go to Santorini for the weekend. It was around 18.00 and the ship was departing from the port of Piraeus at 22.00. I went home, put some things on a sac voyage and we both met at the harbor, a little bit before the departure of the ship. Don’t ask me where we found accommodation because I don’t remember at all. We had a specific mission to carry out. We didn’t even care that much for issues such as accommodation. But don’t worry, we didn’t stay on the streets.

10 years later I am back to Santorini. What is that thing that makes you love a place forever? What is that thing that makes you keep a place forever sealed in your heart? What is that thing that makes you wanting to come back to a place over and over again? I guess that magic in the air in combination with the mind-blowing landscape. Once I arrived this summer in Santorini, I pinched myself, still hardly believed it, but yes I was back again.

You might wonder now if we met that guy, the reason for the trip to Santorini in 2003….No, we didn’t. It was just a summer love. It stayed in my friend’s memory like that. You know, one of those summer loves that you wish you could have next to you in the cold winter nights.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Dreams come true in Ikies

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I have been dreaming of that specific place for a long time and have been patient till that day the cobblestone alleyways in Oia would lead me to the extraordinary scenery that would take my breath away. I did my research on the internet, I couldn’t be wrong. I wanted something special for the last weekend of August and I knew where I could find it. Once I arrived there, I closed my eyes, I reopened them, I pinched myself and later on I thought…Oh yes, dreams come true in Ikies.

Ikies and the view in front of its apartments is the dream of a photographer. I wanted to take pictures of each and every small detail of our beautiful maisonette, pictures of each and every angle of Ikies traditional houses. If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen some of my pictures that were uploaded real time. I even took a selfie while I was waiting for my friend to come (generally I never take selfies, although that kind of photos seems to be very popular lately.) We then snapped some pictures together, trying at the same time to be quiet and discreet for the other guests of the hotel.

There are many luxury boutique hotels in Oia that have a panoramic view of caldera. What makes Ikies Traditional Houses different and stand out from the others is its key position. It is situated exactly on the edge of the village Oia, which means you don’t need to go out and walk around. You don’t need to leave your maisonette to go to the other part of the village to see the sunset, like loads of tourists do. Just sit in your balcony, and you will have all that you need that will make your stay unforgettable. A better position cannot be found in Oia.

Needless to write more, just to thank the lovely girls at the reception and the whole staff for their kind welcome and their excellent service.