February 2015 archive

Neni am Naschmarkt

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I am sure you know that restaurant in Vienna. Who doesn’t? Neni am Naschmarkt is that cool restaurant where I am heading to everytime I visit Naschmarkt, and it’s definitely my last stop after strolling around, especially in the summer, and love sitting at the tables outside doing some people watching. I need a bit of luck, though, to find a free table outside, or on the ground floor because I don’t like being seated on the second floor (you see, it’s also very dark for the photos). Nevertheless, you have to visit that place too if you are a tourist in Vienna for some days. Just visit Naschmarkt and stop by at Neni restaurant to try the chocolate soufflé, Caesar’s salad, meatballs as well and maybe falafel, or whatever you are craving.♥

Around Vienna in February

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Well, those photos weren’t supposed to go online. Actually, they were taken with my mobile for my Instagram account. On the other side, I like them a lot and even though the quality is not the best, I decided to publish them on the blog anyway. Those photos were shot during the cold days in February, when I refused staying home and went walking around the center of Vienna. Dear February, I am glad that you are leaving us because not only me, but many others I know, are all waiting and looking forward to warmer, sunnier and brighter days.♥

Onyx Bar

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I was around the center of Vienna and the cold temperature made me crave for something sweet, so this is how I ended up this time at Onyx Bar. And since I like to share all those places I visit on The Viennese Girl blog with you all, I took some pictures, so that you can see how it looks, just in case you haven’t visited Onyx bar yet. This might be one of the most elegant bars in Vienna, I would say, and I would also recommend you to be nicely dressed if you decide to go there. Onyx Bar is the bar of the Do&Co Hotel and the place where my friends and I sometimes have some delicious after work cocktails with a stunning view to Graben and Kärntner Straße. This time not only the mousse au chocolat tasted so good but I am also glad with the outcome of the photos I took inside Onyx bar. Because of the beautiful daylight that enters from the huge windows, those photos are so bright and clean.♥

Stadtpark

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As you can tell from the photos above, not so many people go for a walk in Stadtpark when it’s freezing cold outside. This time, on my walk in Stadtpark I encountered just an Asian tourist couple and few other persons. Of course, there were also the ducks and pigeons, that didn’t seem to be happy with that cold either. When in summer people lay down on the grass and you can hardly find a bench which is not occupied, in winter the scenery changes and on days like those we are going through this week, the biggest park in the center of Vienna turns into a wonderland and I absolutely enjoyed my leisurely walk and realized that the park is beautiful anytime of the year.

Extra tip: if you are around there, don’t forget to visit the restaurant Meierei im Stadtpark.

Le Bol

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Cold temperatures in January kept me indoors, and often under my duvet. The university exams kept me reading the books I wasn’t really interested to read. On the top of that, I had some extra assignment deadlines to meet. Those are the reasons that kept me far from The Viennese Girl blog for a while. That’s why it has been a bit quiet here lately. But now I am back again with my favorite French bistro in Vienna, called Le Bol. When I am not under my duvet, or hidden behind a book in the library, and not in a classroom with my students teaching them Italian, you can probably find me at Le Bol downtown Vienna since I am used to visiting this French bistro more than once per week. It was a kind of challenge taking photos inside there, because Le Bol is usually full of people and I don’t like taking photos of persons that I don’t know and publishing them online without their permission, and secondly, the yellow light doesn’t make photos come out nicely. But the bistro itself is highly recommended and I am always happy to get there and see Vera and Laila, who both work in Le Bol and serve the French delicacies. Those are my favorite treats:

Monsieur Seguin
Croque Madame
Tarte au Citron
Tartine Pagnol
a piece of Bombe au chocolat.

Made in Austria

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Photo © Elena Azzalini Photography
Make up: Valentina Burigo

This is what happens when your friends in Vienna are from Italy. They dress you up, they make you up, they take photos of you and they make you look like a model. But, wait! Did I say model? OMG, I am not a model, nor do I have the aspiration to be one. On the contrary! I feel very awkward looking at all those photos of myself all over the internet. But yes, we definitely love being creative and taking pictures that tell a story. And when I say pictures, I mean not only pictures of macaron, cupcakes, and Sacher torte, but also pictures of us too. Hence, for me it is more about taking up a role and creating a story, than modeling.

This blog post is made in Austria by the Italians and it took us half of the day to have the result that you see above. Who said taking nice pictures is easy? Not at all! It takes a lot of time and it is hard work. When we were done, we went to our favourite french bistro downtown Vienna, Le Bol, and we are already thinking of our next photo sessions. If you have any idea, let me know. ♥