With all those flowers and trees blooming around me it was impossible not to take some pictures of Vienna in April. I was thinking all the time that spring in Vienna with all those cherry blossom trees and all kinds of flowers is actually a very good reason for foreigners to visit the city. But if you come to Vienna in April for the flowers, which by the way also smell damn good, you have to know where to find them. Since I have lived here for many years now, it wasn’t difficult for me to spot them.
The photos above were taken at Burggarten, Volksgarten and Stadtpark and they are to my eyes more like paintings than photos. It is like someone has drawn them. Similar photos (or paintings) from last year’s spring you can find here.
Once, I recall, they called me pastries photographer, now they will probably call me flower photographer, but in the reality what I really love taking photos of is this. Now I am leaving you for a couple of days. I am invited to paradise, also known as Greece, for a press trip. Bye bye dear Vienna. Auf wiedersehen.♥
If you ever have had the chance to enter my room, you would realize two things about me: the first thing would be that I get to live in a space that is packed with shoe boxes (shoe boxes around me and everywhere) and the second thing is that I love shoes. And this blog post was inspired by exactly that love: for shoes!
At the Humanic store in Vienna the other day, I found myself in a difficult yet funny position surrounded by beautifully designed espadrilles, chic high heels and a huge variety of summer sandals. I said difficult because I couldn’t make up my mind (so many good options) and funny because with my friend Tony we always end up having so much fun together. I am usually not photographed when I go shopping but this time Tony found some time to take pictures of me while in a dilemma: the golden sandals or the pink wedge sandals!? Did anybody say that it’s easy to choose one pair of shoes among many beautiful pairs of shoes? When in dilemma, go for shopping with a good friend and ask for advice.
On the photos above, you can see some of my favorite shoes…♥
With the photos that Margarita took for The Viennese Girl blog, I would like to show you a little part of my UniversityCampus Vienna which is situated in Alsergrund, the 9th district of the city. The University Campus Vienna used to be General Hospital but now is a joyful place, with gardens and bars! Oh and parties, especially when the weather is good!
The imagery we created this time is obviously focused on the big pink tree that blossoms this time of the year. We went to the University Campus Vienna very early in the morning to be sure that no student would be around in order to take a few photos uninterrupted. In the Campus there were me, Margarita and the gardener and it was a great way to start the day. ♥
Munich, the capital and largest city of Bavaria, is characterized by the unique coexistence of strong economic growth and high tech industries on one hand, and traditional alpine small-town atmosphere on the other hand. In a nutshell: Lederhosen and laptops! Dirndls and high heels! And this is unexpectedly fun!
Having already visited Munich for the popular Oktoberfest, I was thrilled to be back for the second time in just one year! I shall admit that I am, once more, amazed by the harmony, that derives from the combination of historic buildings and modern architecture. The past is still present and the future is being born! Simply Munich!
Once I landed in Munich and dropped off my hand luggage at the hotel room, a program full of interesting activities organised by the Munich Tourism Office awaited me, while I was greeted by the team from Mucbook and a group of other bloggers who had come to Munich just for the instameet. The fun started right away as we took the Rikscha and drove to the restaurant Cantina Cantona. Under the mottos “Simply Munich” and “Spring in Munich” we discovered different parts of the city together with the locals. We enjoyed a guided tour at the Munich Kammerspiele theatre, beer tasting at the Jewish Museum, a sweet seduction at Sama-Sama and African Dirndl at NOH NEE.
Regarding my stay at the H’Otello B01 hotel, I have to say that although I am a sucker for 5 star luxury hotels, I can appreciate the warmth and coziness that you can find in this small boutique hotel. Clean, centrally located, with passion for details, it can only be highly recommended from me. That’s why I also took so many photos of the decor and my delicious breakfast at bed…
Thank you Munich for the invitation and the warm hospitality. ♥
I feel a little bad about all the radio silence here but I need to finish a thesis for the University of Vienna that has to be ready by the 20th of April. So, apart from the photography love, I am still a student who deals with thesis and deadlines. However, I always try to find a bit of time for a little stroll in the center of Vienna during the day and I promise to myself that I can always study at night. This time Margarita joined me to that little stroll, and as she always carries her photo camera with her, she snapped some photos of me. I thought I should share the photos she took on The Viennese Girl blog to show you how spring looks like in Vienna.
Which is the best time of the year for you? Which is the best season to visit Vienna? I have always wondered how spring is in Sydney, or in Tokyo, or in Singapore… Maybe because I have never been to those places, so I am just a little bit curious, as always! But soon I am going to discover how spring is in Munich ♥
So now you know why I didn’t take so many photos of the city, but those few that I took, it would be a pity not to share them on The Viennese Girl blog as they turned out to be so pretty (I hope you find them pretty as well)♥
Photos of me are taken by Justien Oltenfreiter, edited by me.
My Paris perfect apartment was located in the Avenue de La Bourdonnais. Uber left me in front of the door. I stopped for a while and looked up. Having an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower wasn’t anymore one more part of my unlimited imagination but it was about to become my daily reality. For a moment, all the apartments I have lived in in the past unfolded in front of my eyes and I caught myself reflecting on “how far I‘ve gone”. I snapped a picture to freeze the moment with a little hope that this moment will last forever. The lift, one of those old ones, brought me to the fifth floor. After I opened the door, it took me some time to realize what is happening. My Chambertin apartment blew me away, from the moment I stepped in till now as I write this post. I called a friend of mine and asked “what’s happening and where all this is going?”
The days that followed were as dreamy as my Paris Perfect Aparment: every morning breakfast at the balcony, hot evening baths, encounters with endearing Parisian people, a dazzling Chanel fashion show and in the background a bling bling Eiffel Tower hypnotizing me every night on the Avenue de la Bourdonnais.♥
One thing is sure: I must be lucky. Attending the Chanel fashion show which took place at the Grand Palais on the 8th of March and sitting in front row only you must have a kind of good luck, I guess. Actually, I knew that the runway spectacle would be special, that’s why I booked a last minute flight ticket and landed in Paris a few days before the show. And it was the first time I attended a catwalk in Paris Fashion Week and hope that more occasions like that will bring me back to Paris, even if I have to look for a last minute flight ticket desperately.
I saw the runway through my Canon lenses where models such as Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Soo JooPark among 91 others walked in front of my lenses wearing pink tweed suits, bowler hats, leather boots, biker gloves and Chanel pearls. Besides, I stumbled upon Pharrell Williams, Willow Smith and Grace Coddington, and personally met a very special girl from Australia, Nicole Warne.
I especially loved taking photos of the venue before and after the show: white carpets, beige walls, golden chairs, mirrors everywhere, a very impressive glass ceiling above us and the perfect light for photography. And what about the make up? I was impressed to find out that the quilted eye makeup was inspired by the iconic leather bag. That was really impressive and need to find a way to do that on my eyes too.
The CHANEL fashion show would be described in one word as mesmerizing and here, on The Viennese Girl blog, we only live for mesmerizing moments.♥
You can find them everywhere in my room: next to my pc on my desk, under my duvet, in my bucket bag, behind my books and between my magazines. I am talking about those spherical EOS lip balms that occupy my space throughout all year and I am happy that they do because in winter (thank God is behind us) my lips were never dry… But even when my lips are not dry, I use the balms because they come in different colors and irresistible scents that soon become a little addiction of mine.
And I was glad to find out that Bettine share the same love for the Eos lipbalms and was up for a funny photo shooting where we had to try out the three new limited flavors, Fresh Watermelon, Passion Fruit and Honeysuckle and play around with them on one of the sunny days last week at Schönbrunn.