March 2015 archive

Dreamy Vienna

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The story goes like this. We were sitting hungry in our favorite French bistro downtown Vienna. Le Bol was busy and noisy but we enjoyed our breakfast. After we were done with our breakfast and happy, Elena (the girl of the photos above) asked me if I wanted to accompany her to the shop, next to Le Bol, which has eyeglasses and I asked her to go to that magical street with the blossoming trees so we can take photos. We did both. First we went to the eyeglasses shop and then, we took the metro line U4 from Karlsplatz to Pilgramgasse (where I used to have an aparment once) and went to the cherry blossom trees. And this is what happened. No special make up and no hair dresser, we had a spontaneous photoshooting. So, this is my friend Elena in front of my camera. Elena doesn’t model in her life; she posed only for me. It’s safe to say that my friends are beautiful 🙂 As for me, one day I hope, I will be shooting for Dior #bigdreams :)) ♥

Naschsalon

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You know…that kind of small cute cafes in Vienna that I like to visit every now and then. This is Naschsalon, situated in the 9th district and it was suggested by my friend Patricia Vincent. She said that it is her favourite cafe in Vienna, so we met here twice. Both times, I ordered the same breakfast. Salmon with butter, marmalade and warm fresh bread but the best was my hot lemonade with honey. Patricia also told me that they have delicious pastries, but I was so enamoured with my salmon and that warm bread that I couldn’t resist them. Fortunately, Naschsalon is on my way to the university, so I guess I will have that breakfast more often in the future. The best way to reach Naschsalon is by the tram D and you get off at Bauernfeldplatz.♥

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Those who follow The Viennese Girl blog might have noticed the changes we’ve made lately on the blog. Those are small but significant changes for me, as a founder and editor of this Vienna blog. Those are changes I‘ve been wanting to have for such a long time. The problem is that I have had no idea about anything that concerns coding but my friend Ioanna has! We found some free time and sat down and discussed what would work better for The Viennese Girl blog, how can we make it look better, and how can it be more user friendly. Thanks to Ioanna, those significant changes on the appearance of the blog were implemented and I am now more glad than before to have a blog that looks exactly the way I want. At the end of every meeting with Ioanna, I was joking to her: one day I will hire you as my secretary…But seriously, I am glad to have my friend Ioanna on board, who contributes to the blog with her valuable technical knowledge. She is a savvy IT girl.

We are working constantly to improve what we love, The Viennese Girl blog. A photography blog, a visual diary of Silia, who likes to discover beautiful things on a daily basis in Vienna, even when it’s cold and rainy outside. I hope you like the changes we’ve made, too.

This photo was taken at Burgring 1 cafe.♥

Schottentor Vienna

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While everybody else was waiting to catch the next tram, I was taking photos of the cherry blossoms. I really feel like a tourist in my own city and I have a lot of fun with it. While everybody else was in a hurry to get back home or work, tell me, how could I ignore those blossoming cherry trees with Votiv church in the background? Only the cars were disturbing my visual creativity at that moment but I couldn’t do anything to stop them. (Excuse me mister driver, could you please stop driving on that street because at this moment I need to take a photo of the cherry blossom?) I am sure people would look at me strangely too, but I knew I shouldn’t miss that shot.

Schottentor is one of the most frequented and busiest metro stations in Vienna, located between the first and ninth district opposite to the University of Vienna. Not only the U2 metro line but also many trams depart from Schottentor towards the 9th district and 19th district.♥

Birthday girl and a red Vespa

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On my birthday I took a day off from everything and Tony Gigov came up with the perfect idea: a birthday photo session. I guess, you already know what I like to do in my free time: taking photos, going around in the city…and eating sweets. I was checking the weather forecast for the whole week and hoped that the weather on Friday March 20th would be sunny and warm. It seems that someone up there listened to my wishes, and it was such a sunny, bright day. One of those days that you don’t want to end. One of those days you don’t want to go back home. It was the first day of the year that I got to wear shoes without socks and my favorite blouse I bought recently from COS as a birthday present from me to me. White, simple and comfortable. The result of the birthday photo session was about 900 photos and here are some photos of the birthday girl and a red vespa. Tony Gigov made me laugh all the time, and at the end, I was so happy, I took off my shoes and jumped in the air. Fortunately, there was nobody around there to see me being silly in real time. Embarrassed yet super happy.♥

Zoe&Otto: the dog love story

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I love dogs. And this is why I wanted to share this dog love story with you. I usually don’t document dog love stories on The Viennese Girl blog but this one, the love story of Zoe and Otto, spoke directly to my heart and I thought you might enjoy this story too.

You can tell from the photos, that Otto was looking for his significant other. He went out on a sunny day, he suddenly met Zoe, and they started getting to know each other. After rolling around in the grass and having some fun, they finally got hungry and didn’t lose the chance to savor their food.♥

If you would like to have a wonderful photo shooting with your pet, I recommend you to check the services of Shutter dogs.

Coffee Pirates

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I loved the Coffee Pirates. Ideal meeting point in Vienna for a hot chocolate and slice of cake before the uni lesson starts or in between lessons for a pause. You will probably not see any tourist in Coffee Pirates, situated next to Altes AKH in 9th district, but rather young students who crowd the entrance and make it difficult for me to open the door to step outside. Rumors say that they make very nice coffee there, but since I never drink coffee, I am not able to know. You have to try and find out yourself. What I especially liked was the decoration and the coffee cups in what they serve their drinks. This place is very very cute, and here on The Viennese Girl blog, you know, we love all the cute things in life ♥

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When Tony asks you to let him take some pictures of you, you simply cannot say no, even if you don’t have any make up on your face, even if you don’t have that special outfit on you. Strangely enough, I feel comfortable going around the city and being photographed without wearing lots of makeup in order to look beautiful. He gave me chocolate and we had a relaxed stroll downtown Vienna talking mainly about our favorite subject: photography! Those pictures were taken in Graben, one of the most famous streets in Vienna’s first district, and its surroundings. I really had a nice time.♥

Yoga in Vienna

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How would you feel if you found a piece of Bali in the middle of Vienna? Last week The Viennese Girl embarked on a new adventure. Let me tell you about my experience: It never crossed my mind to join a yoga class untill the day my friend Chiana invited me to join her at her mother’s yoga studio in Vienna. She asked me “Do you do yoga?” and immediately I knew I had to give it a try. The welcome couldn’t be better. We started off with a delicious smoothie at the bar, the chocolate cacao flavor was my favourite. Afterwards I joined a yoga class which lasted an hour and a half. At the end, we enjoyed a cup of tea and took some funny photos with the girls, as you see above.

And in case you were wondering…No, I wasn’t able to touch my toes : )

One week have gone by since I attend the yoga course at Bali Yoga Wien and i still remember the smell of exotic perfumes once I stepped inside. After the lesson I felt much happier and full of energy and at the same time it was like mentally travelling to Bali, although we were in the center of Vienna. Then, once I stepped out of Bali Yoga Wien, it was like going back to reality. I tucked myself underneath my umbrella and headed towards the Metro.

I asked Chiana and Beate to share some facts with us about the Bali Yoga Wien and here it is:

Bali Yoga Wien has been open since October 2014 and is a Yoga studio offering a combination of yoga styles from Iyengar Yoga, Yin Yoga to Vinyasa Flow. BYW offers a variety of classes focusing on different areas for every level from beginners to advanced. For example, we have classes concentrating on people suffering with back problems. But asides from being a yoga studio, BYW is also a furniture and homeware store with items imported from the island of Bali. We also have a juice bar where we make smoothies filled with fresh ingredients and super foods plus our own raw chocolate and vegan energy bars to keep you pumped and healthy. Beate, the co-owner of Bali Yoga Wien, lived and raised her children on the island of Bali for more than 20 years. Now, Beate has brought her unique yoga and Balinese style to Vienna. You can find more information about our courses, the timetable and prices on our website or on our Facebook Page.