October 2015 archive

South beach Miami

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So, this is my third blog post for my travel in Miami. I spent one day in South Beach Miami. I walked along the beach from the 23rd street to South Pointe Park Pier. It was one hour walk and back, each way. I encountered gulls on my way, saw a photo shooting happening in real time, talked to people, and gathered sea shells as souvenirs.

The day I took those photos I had to deal with strong wind. Unfortunately it was so windy and I couldn’t swim in the ocean because of the waves, although I have longed for it so much. And I got unexpected sunburn on my face and shoulders. I said unexpected because it was partly cloudy and I was so naive, believing that this cannot happen in October but in Miami it can. As for the photos, I didn’t have the complete control of the situation because the sunlight was very strong and I could hardly see the screen of my camera…But none of those was a problem as we were in South Beach Miami feeling good and that was all that matters! It’s so nice to be young and free and travel but you need a bit of luck to meet nice people on the way… I was lucky enough and met very nice people in Miami.♥

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Before I got to Miami, I did a research on Google for Miami travel tips of bloggers who reside in the city and I hardly found something. So, here are a few travel tips, based on my experiences in the city, for those who are going to visit Miami:

1. The most romantic place I visited in Miami was Vizcaya museum and gardens. I can imagine hundreds of photo shootings taking place here.

2. Go to Le Sandwicherie for fresh yummy huge sandwiches. I loved it and went twice.

3. Explore Miami Beach on two wheels. There are city bikes to rent and many hotels give them to their guests for free. Miami beach is a bike friendly area with not much traffic, unless you go to the avenues which are more crowded, and many bike lanes. Moreover, it’s hard to see everything on foot, so the smartest way to explore Miami Beach is by bicycle.

4. In Miami Beach don’t visit only the touristic parts like Ocean Drive and Lincoln road. Go and check the side streets.

5. One of my favorite parts of South Beach Miami was hands down Española Way. If you go there, you will understand why!

6. When it comes to art, go to The Wynwood Walls and PAMM Museum.

7. Apart from Miami Beach, check out those neighborhoods: Downtown Miami, Brickell city centre, Coral Gables, Little Havana art district, Coconut Grove.

8. What I dreamt of is having a helicopter tour above the city but it wasn’t possible…next time.

9. I loved the italian dinner at Cibo.

10. Check out Everglades National Park.


Note: the photos above were taken at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and at The Setai Hotel.

In Miami with Austrian Airlines

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Have you ever heard of that saying: once a year go somewhere that you have never been to before? Miami was that place for me this year. But Miami was not just one more travel destination; it was a once in a lifetime experience. Miami was another world, a new one and very different from Vienna. The language, currency, weather, people, landscape, architecture, everything was so different and I think that is what makes a city fascinating. At least to my eyes.

Within 6 days I tried to make the most of it, and explore the city the best I could because the truth is that I don’t know if I will ever get back to Miami, for which of course I wish, especially now that I know some persons who live there. For that reason, I made a list of things to do in Miami before I got there to be sure that I will not miss anything that I shouldn’t miss. Therefore, my stay in Miami wasn’t actually holidays and relaxing. It was more sightseeing, going from one place to another, taking pictures all the time, many pictures from the sunrise till the sunset. It wasn’t an easy task as I was not familiar to the city and I didn’t know where and what to shoot (so many options) but I managed to take around 2.500 photos. Some of them will be published on The Viennese Girl blog and there are already many photos on Instagram. Plus, the blogger counterpart from Miami and I had three challenges to complete which you can read more about at My Austrian Blog.

Together with a pink bicycle I explored Miami South beach, big and the most touristy area, and for the other part of the city, the less touristy, I used Uber and had friends give me rides in their car. One thing to mention was that, to my surprise, I felt pretty safe. I felt safe going around Miami Beach with my bicycle despite my initial thoughts and concerns caused by the fact of being there alone. I‘ve been to America two more times in the past, but I was always together with friends.

Overall, I would love to return to Miami, especially to that period of time, when it’s cold in Europe and warm there. I am both glad and grateful having had the chance to experience and fly with Austrian Airlines on their first flight to that city. On the way back to Vienna, I had the honor to experience the business class for the first time in my life. Oh, gosh! If the business class is like this, so comfortable and pleasant, I wouldn’t mind flying around the globe twice drinking champagne above the clouds…♥

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Those who follow on Instagram have already noticed that I won a travel to Miami with Austrian Airlines. It was about one month ago when I took part in the contest and now here I am, one day before the departure, very excited about this travel over the Atlantic Ocean and ready to discover a place I have never been before.. All the documents are ready but still need to pack my suitcase with the essentials: my bikini and summer dresses!

So, this is just a quick note to say where I am heading to and what kind of photos you should expect for October. The Viennese Girl blog will get some Miami vibes and I will get back to you as soon as possible..♥

Breakfast at Nascha’s

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All the last posts on The Viennese Girl blog were related to travel, as I had the good fortune to wander out of Vienna pretty much during all of the summer months, so here is one more of those Vienna tips I would like to share with you…

There is a recently renovated European style restaurant and bar situated in downtown Vienna, where my friends and I have been having breakfast lately.. Every time we get to Nascha’s, my friends and I go mad for the Angelina drink which, by the way, cannot be found anywhere else in Vienna. Apart from the Angelina drink, we love blinis, eggs Benedict, exotic fruit mix, salmon and avocado so far…

Don’t get me wrong, I am not a food blogger… I just like eating outside and taking photos of the things that I like. At Nascha’s I like both food and decoration, so above are some of my shots…♥