October 2014 archive

12 munchies

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On a grey October day I found myself in the 18th district of Vienna. I have been told that there is a small cute cafe called “12 munchies” running under the motto “we are small but we stand tall”.

Dominique, the owner of 12 munchies, had been there since 8.00 am and welcomed me with hot chocolate and some delicious cookies. Fortunately she had time to sit with me and tell me some things about herself and the 12 munchies cafe. She told me about her decorating ideas, from where does she draws inspiration and how much she and her clients love the 12 munchies cafe. We also talked about our adventures all around the globe and we found out that we both harbor the same love for Greece.

Whether you are a tourist or resident in Vienna, leave all the Viennese traditional cafes behind you and try something special. Simply the name of the cafe 12 munchies, which means sudden hunger for snacks, inclines you towards something delicious. Visit Dominique at 12 Munchies in the 18th district and say hello to her from The Viennese Girl.

Café Prückel

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The appointment at Café Prückel was at 12.00. I was a bit late and my friend who arrived earlier told me that the place was full. It was not the first time that I visited Café Prückel but this time we were a bit disappointed. We ordered one “Wiener Frühstück”, meatballs with salad, two macarons, one meringue with whipping cream, and one apple strudel with vanilla sauce.

The “Wiener Frühstück” was basic, nothing exceptional and the macarons costed 4.60, which is too expensive for two small macarons. The only thing I liked was the apple strudel. Except the food, they brought a dirty tablecloth with hair on it. I guess it was just an exception but we asked them to take it away. As for the decoration, of the whole deco, I like the chandelier the most. Besides, Café Prückel is divided to two rooms: one for smokers and the other for non smokers.

So, this was our experience at Café Prückel. I think that they should be more careful and I am sure they can do better. It worth a visit if you are around the area but you shouldn’t go with big expectations or you never know, you might like it more than we did. Peoples’ tastes differ.

 

Weekend inspiration

Weekend inspiration I spend a lot of time now and then reading quotes because some of them gives me such an inspiration, boost and a lot of strength to hold on. I made a list with my favourite quotes and share it with you. Enjoy!

1.Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.- Anais Nin

2.Distance means so little when someone means so much.

3.The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

4.Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.

5.A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. – Coco Chanel

6.Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground – Theodore Roosevelt

7.The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

8.Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.- Kahlil Gibran

9.Don’t lose a diamond while chasing glitter

10.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

11. 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

Wish you were here

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Wish you were here” is a post dedicated to those who would like to be in Vienna but aren’t and to those who are here and miss somebody who lives in another city/country. You tell me now which one is the worst? Missing somebody who doesn’t live in the same city with you or when you live in another city instead of living in the city that you want. It’s complicated. Good news are that there is always a solution. When there is a will, there is a way. Never forget that.

 

 

Vienna in October

Vienna in October
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October is about to come to an end and so far the weather has been good, mostly sunny and warm until today!! I went to buy some donuts today and a sudden cold feeling made me want to get back home as soon as possible. Well, it was my fault actually, because my friends warned me yesterday and I still wasn’t dressed that warmly to face such a sudden temperature change. I refuse to accept the fact that the winter is coming to Vienna but tell me how I can accept, when my mind and heart are still in Santorini, where I could roam around the alleyways and gaze at the infinite blue sky.

On this post I share with you some snapshots I took in between classes in the University and other important meetings in the center. Follow along Instagram for more exciting shares and happy moments.

Cafe Central

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Café Central is one of the traditional Viennese cafés, and in my opinion the most impressive for its unique architecture. I would really like to know what people think at the moment they enter this café. Even from the facade, you can perceive that something interesting is going on in there. The grandiose building calls you to enter for a delicious Viennese pastry and wiener melange. Once you enter, you usually have to wait a little bit until you are seated. While you wait in the line, either you can take pictures of the statue of the writer Peter Altenberg who sits by the door or you can see the pastries in the display window and you might think of me when I am telling you that it’s hard to choose.

As for me, I used to visit café central in the past more often than now. My preferences have changed with time and I now prefer visiting some other cafés where I can relax unperturbed for hours. But I strongly recommend you a visit to Café central if you come to Vienna for the very first time, or even for the second time. You will have the chance to enjoy your coffee in a historic place which was once the meeting point for Arthur Schnitzler, Sigmund Freud, Peter Altenberg, and Leo Trotzki.

I love Vienna

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Why do I love Vienna? Ouuui….At the beginning, it was love at first sight, and you cannot always explain it when you have a crush on something. Now it has turned into a long lasting relationship which doesn’t fade away with the passing of the years.

This is one my favorite posts of this blog. Photos of this blog post document some of my favorite spots of the city and some of the things I really fancy to do.

♥ I like roaming through the alleyways of the centre, those alleyways, although being in the centre of the city, has no tourists. I even twirl around sometimes…

♥ I love drinking a warm Orangenpunsch at Vienna’s most elegant café, at Café Mozart. Especially when it’s cold outside and the sky is grey.

♥ Oh my God, a piece of Greece in the middle of Vienna. In the Volksgarten you can find the Theseus Temple. Every time I visit this Temple, I feel like, hmmm, like being home. I feel like a Greek Goddess.

♥ Do you know what is Bougatsa and where you can find it in Vienna? Bougatsa is a Greek pastry which has sweet custard filling, it can be chopped into small bite-sized chunks and it is sprinkled with powdered sugar. Did you start drooling? I know that feeling very well, so I am going to share my secret with you. There is a Greek Bakery in the centre of Vienna and it is called Pnyka. In the Pnyka bakery shop you can also find some other mouthwatering Greek products, like tiropita and ION chocolate!!

♥ It’s impossible to come across a Fiat 500 without stopping and start taking pictures. If I could, I would wrap it like if it were a present and would bring it home.

Neuer Markt is one of the oldest plazas in Vienna and one of my favorite spots of the city. There is a very beautiful fountain in the middle called Thunder Fountain. Around the square you can find the Capuchin Church, hotels and bars, and my favourite French Bistro, Le bol! There is also something that I don’t like and I have to write it down with the hope that someone will read my little complaint and do something about it. There are so many cars in this plaza. Such a beautiful plaza ended up being a parking place. Unbelievable!

♥ And last but not least, write down those two words: Carbonara Salmone. For the delicious Carbonara Salmone, I go to Vapiano. There are 6 vapiano restaurants in Vienna. I only go to the one in Walfischgasse 11.

Café Diglas

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I have been to Cafe Diglas many times. But wait, to which one? There are two Cafe Diglas in the center of Vienna. One is in Wollzeile and the other one is in Fleischmarkt. On this post, I am writing about the cafe Diglas in Wollzeile. If you want to see photos of the one in Fleischmarkt, have a look here.

I remember that I once visited the Cafe Diglas in Wollzeile and I forgot my cell phone on the table. I was somehow lucky because it was late and we were the last customers, so I hoped the waitress would find my cell phone on the table and keep it for me. The following day, I was there when the cafe opened at 08.00. I doubt I slept that night. It is such a headache to lose your cell phone with all the contacts and photos and I didn’t want to go through this situation to recover all my lost data. There was a lady behind the desk who gave me back my cell phone. Happy ending.

I like visiting Cafe Diglas in the morning and every time I have the same problem. It’s difficult to choose which pastry I should take. As soon as I make up my mind, I sit next to a window and stare at the people who pass by. In the afternoon the Cafe is busier than in the morning, around 16.00 – 20.00 and there is a pianist playing piano. Their pastries are delicious, the decoration is lovely and I feel happy when I walk out the door listening to the Italian waiter that I should come back.

Postcards from Vienna

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Taking pictures of a city that I already know well makes me see that city with different eyes, leads me to new perspectives and viewpoints. Vienna in October is transformed to a toy city behind the lenses of my camera and the Town Hall looks like a part from Disneyland..

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