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Le Loft

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Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography (first and second photo)

As you know, the Viennese girl goes everywhere and spies on everything. I have visited this bar many times, during the day but in the night as well and I think that this blog should include a post about this unique place.

Some impressions:

The lift that brings you to the 18th floor is like a dark and black box with a white ceiling, some people are scared, and some are impressed.

I guess the highlight of the roof bar is the colorful ceiling. You have to see it from outside in the night. It something that catches your eyes and makes you wonder: “what is that?”

Βe careful on Saturdays night, because you will probably need a reservation. They will not let you enter in, if the place is full.

One thing that is very disappointing is that they only allow you to sit next to the window only if you go there to eat. Dear Le Loft manager, can you do something to change this? Thank you in advance.

Le Loft Sofitel Vienna
Praterstrasse 11020
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Public transportation in Vienna

Public transportation in Vienna

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

Studying at the University of Vienna is nice, working in Vienna is nice as well, but having a chat with a nice girl on a sunny careless Sunday is more than amazing. Simple things in life are the best. We should always appreciate them and not take them for granted. Elena and I went for a coffee and then to Schönbrunn palace. You might have already seen some photos that we snapped together on my account on Instagram.

The photo of this post, gives me the chance to write a bit about how much I like the public transportation in Vienna. Having lived in the capital city of Greece for years and after experiencing limited public transportation in a very big city, I can say that the public transportation in Vienna turns the city into a playground. Having a car is useless. Public transportation here is fast, convenient, and punctual. I never had any kind of difficulty getting around Vienna. It is obvious that people who work for it do their best for the others. I shouldn’t forget to mention that the metro runs around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays and on the eve of public holidays, which makes going out at night easier.

My favorite metro stations? Schönbrunn station and the Stadtpark station, they look actually similar. The Stadtpark station was the first metro station that I saw when I came to Vienna, so I guess I have a special emotional connection to this station. I still remember that day, when I got off, and didn’t know which direction to take.♥

Haus des Meeres – Aqua Terra Zoo

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A visit at the aquarium of Vienna (Haus des Meeres – Aqua Terra Zoo) is absolutely worthwhile, whether you are a tourist or local. I have been living in Vienna for around three years, but had never visited the aquarium before. Strange, I think to myself, but sometimes it happens that we don’t have time to visit all the local places.

The fun already starts at the entrance when you are allowed to touch the Koi fishes and give them a stroke like if they were dogs or cats. Then take the elevator and go first for coffee at the top floor. The view is really spectacular. You have everything at your feet. Then take the stairs and start going down. There is also another floor with a balcony where you can see the roofs of the city closer to you.

What I didn’t like that much was the menu of the cafe at the top floor. Coffee was ok but all the other stuff we ordered wasn’t that delicious. I am addicted to sweets, but I had a look at them and they didn’t convince me to get one. One glance is enough to understand whether sweets are super yummy or not. You shouldn’t go there hungry.

Ideal day to visit the aquarium (Haus des Meeres) is on a sunny day, because you can spend some hours sitting on the balcony and sunbathing and preferably during the week days. Avoid the weekend if you want to enjoy it to the fullest.

Haus des Meeres
Fritz-Grünbaum-Platz 1, 1060

Breakfast at Kempinski Vienna

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Starting the day with a good and relaxing breakfast will always be a good idea. For Easter, my friend and I decided to do something different and this time we chose to have Breakfast at Kempinski. The buffet at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna was great and delicious but what did I like the most? The salmon (I am a salmon fan), the variety of fresh juices, especially the carrot juice, and the variety of cheeses. In general, the service was excellent, the staff was friendly, and the overall experience was a special one.

A more personal info: While tasting the Roquefort cheese, it was so fun listening to my friend commenting that my eyes have the shape of an almond! The almond eyes!♥

Coffee And Other Stories

Clever decoration full of inspiration, small yet sophisticated. These words describe my new discovery. A piece of Hungarian culture in the center of Vienna.

I had a small talk with Peter who served me my breakfast; he told me that they bring fresh products every day from Budapest. He asked me if I want to drink a cup of coffee and I told him that I never drink coffee. He looked at me weird and I laughed. I am not weird! I am just a special edition!

If you visit Budapest Bistro, don’t forget to check their bathroom, a quote hanging on the wall is waiting for you: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” ― Julia Child

I enjoyed the breakfast on a vintage Sewing Machine Table (see photos below) listening to music from the Budapest Bar.

Coffee And Other Stories

Coffee And Other Stories

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Coffee And Other Stories

Frozen Yogurt please

Frozen Yogurt please

Frozen Yogurt please
Frozen Yogurt please
 

Frozen Yogurt please

Frozen Yogurt please

Frozen Yogurt please

The weather is getting warm, the temperature sometimes reaches the 20 degrees and Kurt is open again for the summer season. This is the place where I usually go after shopping. Sometimes alone, sometimes not alone. Not only their frozen yogurt, but I also greatly enjoy the location of  Kurt in the Schultergasse 2. It is a hidden gem in my opinion, because it is situated in a narrow picturesque street in the center which tourists hardly discover.

Now the good news:

1. Every time you buy one frozen yogurt, you get a sticker. If you get 10 stickers, you get one frozen yogurt for free. Until now I have had many frozen yogurt gratis!

2. If you are student and live in Vienna, you can get a cup of frozen yogurt for free! How? Check this website. The offer is valid until 31.08.2014…

Are you still at home in front of the computer? Invite your friends, go and get it!! ♥

 

Vienna Street Photography

Let’s say you have a day off, a free day and nobody is in town, what do you do? Don’t stay in front of the computer/television. There is so much happening out there. Take your photo camera and go rediscover your city. Pretend to be a tourist for one day.

Have a walk, go to feed the ducks, look for places that you didn’t know, sit on a bench and look at the other people passing by (my favorite leisure activity), sit at one of the many cafes, browse the local shops, go to a museum, have a small talk with strangers, marvel at the beautiful architecture of the buildings, buy yourself a yummy frozen yogurt but above all stay curious and snap many many many pictures.

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and at the end of the day go to the cinema….

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A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

A day at the Naschmarkt

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Everybody in Vienna knows Naschmarkt. It is the most popular market in the city. It is a flea market where people show up to sell all kinds of goods; it has vegetable vendors, flower shops, oriental shops, Turkish people who try to convince you to taste their specialities, restaurants, and bars.

Don’t go on Sundays because you will find nobody there. On the contrary, if you go on Saturdays the market is at its peak. This time I had lunch at Nautilus, where I ordered a yummy pasta alle vongole, like in Italy! It is so nice having lunch with a good friend and watching people passing by at the same time. ♥

Vienna 20 degrees

Vienna 20 degrees
Vienna 20 degrees
 
Vienna 20 degrees
Vienna 20 degrees
 

Vienna 20 degrees

When the city blooms and the sun shine in the Viennese sky, I get the feeling that – not only me- but everybody is a bit happier than usual.

In general, 20 degrees in Vienna means:

1. The park is suddenly full of people who lay on the grass.

2. The possibilities of finding a free table to sit outdoors are low.

3. You have to wait in the queue to get an ice cream.

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