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.
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.♥
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.
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:
Tarte au Citron
a piece of Bombe au chocolat.
There isn’t a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon rather than catching up with dear friends in a super cute cafe like Himmelblau, which means azure in English. This was actually my second visit at Himmelblau. I remember the first time I visited it was back in summer, you can find my summery visit here. This time I took some pictures outside in the Kutschkermarkt and later on I jumped into Himmelblau to warm up. Our coffee was served in azure cups, we made ourselves comfortable and uploaded some spontaneous photos of the three of us on Instagram.♥
Between university exams and photography lessons, I managed to catch up with some dear friends over a cup of coffee. Here is to another cafe that we visited most recently. Burgring 1 has its address as the name and a special character because of its shabby-chic interior. Besides, this is one more place in Vienna where I can speak Italian with the staff! If I am in the area, between Burggarten and Mariahilferstrasse, and have some spare time, I stop by for a laid back -chocolate- drink. Three are the things that I like at Burgring 1: the lights dangling from the ceiling, the comfortable couches, and the big windows – I guess because I always have that habit to do some people watching of those passing by.♥
Photo © Elena Azzalini Photography
The Viennese girl blog event took place yesterday for the first time at Wunderladen Fashion Cafe in Vienna. Thank you all and each one of you for coming, for showing me your support and your love by being there. I met so many interesting like-minded enthusiastic people and received a constructive and insightful feedback for the blog that helps me a lot. At the moment of writing this post, I am thinking of some of you, who brought a smile to my face, Maria from Bulgaria, Natalie from Russia, Kely from Brazil, Jasmina from Finland, Valentina from Italy, Carly from Australia, Laura, my Greek friends and of course how can I forget Mr. Dado and so many others from Usa and the two sisters who just arrived in Vienna from London. This is the best evidence, that The Viennese Girl Blog has an international flair and friends from all over the world. Thank you for coming. It means a lot to me meeting you in person.
As I have already said in the previous post, it was the first time that I organized something like that and I have the feeling that people enjoyed the evening so much like I did. Special thanks to Sabrina, the owner of Wunderladen Cafe, who let us use her place and make this happen. Wunderladen cafe was without a doubt the ideal place for The Viennese Girl blog event. It felt like being at home. Besides, thanks to Elena Azzalini for making this event more special and memorable with her always beautiful photography.♥