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Vacanze italiane

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And just like that, on a beautiful summer day in August, I woke up in Sorrento. It was a last minute travel. I was sure that I wanted to go to the Amalfi coast but I was a little bit skeptical because of some other factors that had me thinking if it was doable or not.

But then, the idea of sitting alone in Vienna in August was quite horrifying, so I booked the ticket and set off on a trip to the seductive Amalfi Coast where my friends were waiting for me. The goal was to visit the villages in the Amalfi Coast and soak up everything that this beautiful region has to offer. Our starting point was Sorrento. During our journey along the picturesque villages of Sorrento, Amalfi, Vietri sul mare, Erchie, Salerno, and Positano we encountered coastal mountains, colorful cupolas and breathtaking views.

I particularly remember the amazing seafood I had everyday in the taverna “Dal Pescatore” in Vietri Sul mare. We ended my “vacanze italiane” in Napoli, eating pizza at the famous Sorbillo.

If you plan to visit the Amalfi Coast, I would recommend that you don’t take a car because the road is switchback and there is no free parking space. Consequently, you will have to spend a fortune to park your car. It’s much wiser to visit the villages by boat. Also, you want to avoid the busy months of July and August when you plan your visit. ♥

The Brooklyn dress

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Dress from Madame shou shou / shoes from Humanic

This is definitely not a blog where you get your daily outfit inspiration. But we do love taking photos of exclusively beautiful things. With that said, replace the words beautiful things with the words Brooklyn dress, and you’ll get an idea what this blog post is about.

It was a bank holiday the day we took these photos. The weather was on our side. I dressed up and headed to Schönbrunn gardens for a walk together with my friend Edisa, who helped with the photos and the entire styling. Two girls, one photo camera, beautiful surroundings, and the Brooklyn dress from Madame Shou Shou.♥

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Léo et Violette

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Bucket bag: Le Violette
Model: Darina Korotchenko

Darina had her birthday the day we shot those pictures, and that’s why I brought her a bouquet of red roses. She put them in the Léo et Violette bag and let me take some pictures of her while she held them. It wasn’t the perfect photo shooting day as it was cold and windy, nevertheless, we had a nice stroll around the city center.
I have been looking for a bag like this for a long time now. A bag with a shoulder strap that I can carry from the morning till late night, because I often leave home early in the morning and don’t return home during the day just to change outfit. Elegant and practical at the same time, the bag is perfectly sized, fitting my three essentials, wallet, keys and cell phone, plus sunglasses, a few cosmetics and my photo camera.

You will likely spot me around Vienna holding my new bucket bag, made in Italy

New years resolutions

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In collaboration with BIPA

Photography: Tony Gigov

Through this blog, last year I managed to achieve things that I had imagined only in my wildest dreams. Some of those things include winning the travel contest and flying to Miami with Austrian Airlines and Chanel asking me to take photos inside the new boutique in Graben. Besides, I was invited to UK, Slovenia, Greece, Germany and to some beautiful parts of the Austrian countryside. All those collaborations, press trips and invitations to events made me feel over the moon and made 2015 extraordinary. Having the chance to collaborate with so many prestigious successful companies is mind-blowing and I wish that 2016 will bring more of it.

This time Bipa asks what my intentions are. What do I intend to do in 2016? I kept it to myself for a long time, elaborating on it in my mind and I think it’s time to reveal my inner thoughts. I want to work as a fashion/travel/product photographer (blame it on Instagram). Two years ago, when I started this blog, I was taking photos with my mobile phone because that is all I had. I soon realized that investing money in a DSRL camera was more than necessary so I bought my first Canon Eos 700D as a Xmas present to myself. After one year, I realized that I need an upgrade and sold my Canon eos 700 D to buy a full frame camera, so I got the Canon Eos 6D. Now I really need to upgrade my computer because after 5 years of use, I still wonder how it’s still alive.

All those past years, I didn’t stop to learn. Photographers are like teachers and doctors, they never stop to learn. It’s a non stop learning process. Maybe I should write what I’ve learned during the process in another blog post.

Some words for this blog post. We wanted to create a story of a girl who does a photo shooting in the center of Vienna. When the photo shooting is wrapped up, that girl goes for shopping, buys some flowers, takes the tram and returns home. The outfit should be comfortable, yet elegant. Comfortable black loafers and dark blue pants. You can look elegant, while you are taking photos.

To sum it up:

In 2016, I want to work. I want to make my photography portfolio and an online shop. I want to improve my photography skills (it’s going to be a battle). I only want to do things that I love. I want to change my personal style (because I can’t forget that day when a friend of mine told me that it’s conservative). And of course, I want to travel more because during all those cold nights in my little Viennese room I can’t help but dreaming of exotic beaches and crystal waters some where in Bali or in Morocco. I want to be carefree (not so realistic but I want it). Use the hashtag #ichhabwasvor to find out more.

How exactly will all this happen? I think it will happen with a lot of work, persistence, consistency, a lot of luck and support from people who love The Viennese Girl blog like I do, support from my readers and Instagram friends. I keep saying to myself: New Year, new opportunities and this is exactly how I want to envision it, in a very optimistic state of mind.

I will end this post asking you this question: How do you envision your 2016? #ichhabwasvor

Breakfast at Parlor

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Recently someone on Instagram thanked me for all the Vienna tips that helped him to get to know Vienna better. I am still surprised by the fact that my initial idea of making my personal Vienna travel guide and chronicle my discoveries ultimately works. The Viennese Girl blog is about two years old and I gladly keep on writing all my Vienna findings and places I visit in this city where I live, so you can visit them too. So here is to one more of those Vienna discoveries:

Lately, a good friend of mine and I had breakfast at Parlor, a living room decorated in black and white with Vitra Accessoires. My friend and I enjoyed the breakfast, taking pictures inside Parlor and the views over Stadtpark from the 12th floor of Intercontinental Lounge. Thanks for the warm welcome, we’ll be back soon! ♥

You can find more info about the Parlor restaurant here.

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…♥

In Munich with Thomas Sabo

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Have you ever been to Munich for Oktoberfest? As for me, never, until this week I got the chance to visit Munich together with Thomas Sabo. The flight from Vienna to Munich lasted only 45 minutes and I didn’t really realize that I travelled to another country since in both cities German is the spoken language. And although I am not that kind of person who fancies drinking beer and loves German cuisine, I was so curious to see it for myself what is this Oktoberfest all about and enjoyed every moment being a guest of Thomas Sabo among other 35 bloggers from Europe.

If you ever find yourself in Munich for the Oktoberfest, don’t forget to take with you Dirndl and Lederhosen and if you need a Munich travel guide, then contact Mrs. Dorothea Nelle. By the way, did you know that Oktoberfest is called Wiesn as well? Because I didn’t know that but I guess it’s not a big mistake since I am neither Austrian nor German…♥

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Stephansplatz is synonym for the heart of Vienna, as it is literally situated in the heart of the city center and I guess it is the first thing that all tourists visit, once they have left their luggage in the hotel.

Visit St.Stephen’s Cathedral (in german Stephansdom), a gothic cathedral located right in the centre of Stephansplatz. In front of Stephansdom, you will be probably stopped from the seller who wants to sell tickets for concerts. If you aren’t interested, just thank them and move along. Enter the church to admire the inside of the cathedral, statues, paintings, and other artworks.

If you want to see the view from the top, you can climb the towers (the north one and the south tower) of Stephansdom and there are two ways to do so. Either you climb up the stairs (343 steps) which costs 4.00 euros or you go inside the church and take the lift up to the top of the tower which costs 5.00 euros. In my opinion, you ‘d better take the lift because if you take the stairs (a narrow spiral staircase), the view isn’t worth the effort of climbing 343 steps, unless you want a work out on that specific day. The view from the other tower is much better and you don’t have to climb 343 steps. As for me, after having done both, I realized my mistake and thought I should write that down so you can be aware of it.

Around the Stephansdom cathedral you have everything: shops, cafes, restaurants, and many other attractions nearby like the Opera, Hofburg, Stadtpark, and the Rathaus. On top of those tourist attractions, there are several major shopping streets such as Graben, Kohlmarkt, and Kärtnerstrasse but I would suggest you to move forward and discover all the other small side streets, less crowded but still very interesting.

Shake Shack

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Have you ever been to London, Istanbul, or New York without eating a cheeseburger and fried potatoes with cheddar cheese on it from Shake Shack? Ha! I think you don’t know what you are missing dear! I never ever eat any kind of burgers somewhere else. But every time I visit one of these cities, a visit to Shake Shack is a must. Unfortunately, or maybe even fortunately (for my pocket and my body shape), you don’t find them in Vienna.

How did I become a victim of Shake Shack? They are delicious. On my last visit to London, I was going for my favourite cheeseburger everyday. The lady behind the cash machine asked: you came yesterday, right? I nod my head in the affirmative and then she said: See you tomorrow!

Oh, oh! Someone becomes addicted to Shake Shack, I am afraid..♥

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