November 2014 archive

Spread the word

Blogs or newspaper? What do you prefer to read? My father never stops telling me that I should read the news and I don’t dare to tell him that I prefer surfing on Internet and reading those links below:

♥Once I was talking to my friend in NY, who happens to know me well, and while we had an interesting conversation, suddenly he told me that I am “an old soul”. I didn’t ask him at that moment what “old soul” meant. This expression remained in my mind and some days after I found this article that states the 14 signs of being an old soul.

♥On October I met Seth, a young journalist from NY, and we visited together Karl Marx-Hof in the 19th district in Vienna. Thank you Seth for incorporating my blog into your article in the newspaper DER STANDARD.

♥I love Sarah Jessica Parker and she loves Greece. Watch this video to find out 73 Things You Never Knew about her.

♥Thank you Miriam for the interview.

♥Business of fashion is the equivalent to New York Times, when it comes to fashion and one of my favorite websites. It helps to understand a lot about the fashion industry.

The Viennese Girl Blog

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Photos by: V-Light Photography

I spend a lot of time reflecting on the Viennese girl project, not out of insecurity, but out of desire to provide readers with interesting content. I wouldn’t dare to say high quality content because I am afraid I am still far away from it, but I am working to that direction, it just takes time like all the good things in life. Nothing happens overnight, it’s a long process. Maybe it is the fact that it starts gaining visibility, and the more visibility it gains, more it scares me and motivates me at the same time to become better and better. I wouldn’t be happy if somebody visits the website and says, “it was a waste of time,” but on the other side, I have a friend who keeps telling me: you are too beautiful to be sad.

Although this blog started for fun, I should admit that I take it seriously. I thought a lot about it and made up my mind: good suggestions are more than welcome, suggestions not that good will be rejected. Sometimes we have to know to say No, when something doesn’t fit or doesn’t bring any value to what we are doing in life, right?

Despite the fact that I am neither a photographer, nor a journalist, nor do I have any idea on advertising and marketing, I use my brain, heart and instict, and I believe in that saying: practice makes the master. If you want something badly, you can achieve it.

Soon the Viennese girl blog will celebrate its birthday. The first year of existence was something like an experimental year; so far I didn’t get any bad feedback and still I feel so excited having that little corner on the web where I can express myself through writing and photography. I suppose that you all know that if we are alone in the world we cannot achieve anything. Of course there were persons who helped me and still help making this project reality. It’s such a nice feeling to have people that support you and believe in what you do, even if they are on the other parts of this earth!! They know who they are.♥

Bad Waltersdorf

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Photos by: V-Light Photography

Bad Waltersdorf is a thermal region located in the south-east of Styria in Austria. As we had three days to spend in the Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel in Bad Waltersdorf, we were given the chance to do several things and discover the surroundings.

Hiking with Erich, organized by the hotel, was exactly what we needed after the breakfast to help with digestion before diving again into the swimming pool. He showed us around, told us nice stories, and was very patient with us while we were taking hundred of photos between the trees in the forest. The morning light combined with the fog was the perfect scenery for some magical shots, and as always, we didn’t miss the chance.

E-Bikes were available for guests in the hotel to explore the surroundings, so we grabbed two of them and went to visit the dairy farm Hofmolkerei Thaller. The owners of the dairy farm gave us a warm welcome and treated us with a fine selection of some of their products such as cheese and milk. They showed us around the stall and told us about their business and farm life. Another day, we visited Weinhof Pichler for wine tasting. The owner of the winery showed us the wine cellars and offered different wines to taste while he was explaining the winemaking process.

Visiting Bad Waltersdorf, exploring the countryside around the Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel, and engaging with local people was a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life and a good way to recharge.

Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel Bad Waltersdorf

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Photos by: V-Light Photography

It was my first stay in a Falkensteiner Hotel and I can say I was pleasantly surprised. The hotel is about two hours and a half from Vienna by train, which makes it the perfect idea for a weekend getaway.

If you visit Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel Bad Waltersdorf, one thing is for certain: you will not get bored. There are so many activities to choose from, both indoors and outdoors. Yoga, pilates, aerobics and water gymnastics are just a sample of the wide range of activities on offer but what we especially enjoyed was the spa and wellness facilities.

The thermal spa water was a boon for our body and soul and the wellness treatments helped us find our biorhythm: we opted for the Aromatherapy with fragrant oils, which was so relaxing that you can hardly keep yourself from not falling asleep. The shockwave therapy was the ideal treatment to say goodbye to cellulite. Who doesn’t need to pamper herself like this now and then?

By the time we set foot in the hotel till the time we had to leave, we enjoyed not only the water world but also the five course dinner and the smashing breakfast every morning. It was both wonderfully cooked and served, and as you can see from the photos above, the choux pastry in the shape of two swans kissing each other was picture perfect.

Overall, three things were highly appreciated. First, the hotel accommodated our special dietary preferences. Second it was possible to do a late check out so we could enjoy the day and depart with the last train to Vienna. Generally the staff made efforts to make our stay special. They made us feel right at home and as we started to get used to this entire pampering treat, however, it was time for us to say goodbye. We left with two bottles of wine, cheese, fresh juices, one honey jar, rose lavender bath salts, but above all we left with good memories from our stay at Falkensteiner Therme & Golf Hotel in Bad Waltersdorf and a wish to come back soon.

Stephansplatz

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Stephansplatz is synonym for the heart of Vienna, as it is literally situated in the heart of the city center and I guess it is the first thing that all tourists visit, once they have left their luggage in the hotel.

Visit St.Stephen’s Cathedral (in german Stephansdom), a gothic cathedral located right in the centre of Stephansplatz. In front of Stephansdom, you will be probably stopped from the seller who wants to sell tickets for concerts. If you aren’t interested, just thank them and move along. Enter the church to admire the inside of the cathedral, statues, paintings, and other artworks.

If you want to see the view from the top, you can climb the towers (the north one and the south tower) of Stephansdom and there are two ways to do so. Either you climb up the stairs (343 steps) which costs 4.00 euros or you go inside the church and take the lift up to the top of the tower which costs 5.00 euros. In my opinion, you ‘d better take the lift because if you take the stairs (a narrow spiral staircase), the view isn’t worth the effort of climbing 343 steps, unless you want a work out on that specific day. The view from the other tower is much better and you don’t have to climb 343 steps. As for me, after having done both, I realized my mistake and thought I should write that down so you can be aware of it.

Around the Stephansdom cathedral you have everything: shops, cafes, restaurants, and many other attractions nearby like the Opera, Hofburg, Stadtpark, and the Rathaus. On top of those tourist attractions, there are several major shopping streets such as Graben, Kohlmarkt, and Kärtnerstrasse but I would suggest you to move forward and discover all the other small side streets, less crowded but still very interesting.