This week, on Friday the 24th of June, I had another opportunity to play dress up, to feel like a little princess and to fall in love with my life here in Vienna. It was the first time I attended the Fête Impériale Ball, but it was my third ball of this year, after the Vienna Opera ball and the Kaffeesiederball at Hofburg Palace. To be honest, after experiencing three balls in Vienna, the Vienna Opera Ball is on the top of my list. But I liked the Fête Impériale very much as well, especially for the decoration and its summer character. Yes, on The Viennese Girl blog, we do love summer balls.
From a photography point of view, the situation was quite out of my control because I couldn’t really move and get the picture composition that I wanted. However, in one of the photos above, there is a beautiful picture of the Director of the Ball, Elisabeth Gürtel, together with Princess Benedikte of Denmark.
I wish I get more opportunities to dress up like this and to take pictures of fairy tale moments like this ball, not only in Vienna, but also on a more worldwide level. In Cannes for example, I am just saying… : ) ♥
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…♥
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.
Last Monday I was photographed by Tony Gigov at Rathaus Christmas Market Vienna. We took some time out of our busy lives to catch up over coffee at Landtman Cafe and shoot some photos at the most famous Christmas Market in Vienna, the Rathaus Wiener Christkindlmarkt. I am not used to seeing a blog post with so many photos of me but I like it and I felt like I have to take some pictures in front of the Rathaus, as many of you have requested in your emails.
The weather was sunny, the atmosphere was christmassy, the Market wasn’t crowded because it was Monday morning, and I had a nice time with Tony who was making me laugh all the time. ♥
When I get to the beach, I always look for a sun bed close to the water because I like listening to the sound of the waves. When I enter the sea, I see small fishes around me which bite me over and over again. If I don’t stay until late by the beach, I head to Pythagorio for afternoon strolls and after that to Two Spoons, which is my favourite cafe in the whole island. I always order fresh lemonade and profiteroles. The best profiteroles ever. No surprise if I get some extra kilos while on holidays in Greece because you can’t say no to food here and in the evening we usually end up in a taverna eating Greek salad, fried potatoes and other delicious treats. In the meantime, I try to snap some shots for The Viennese Girl blog.
There are many bars, restaurants, cafes in Pythagorio. My favourite cafes are Two spoons and Enigma. Look for them if you ever get to Pythagorio, which I wish you do.♥
More Vienna posts from September. Now we are on holidays and I really enjoy taking photos wearing just a bikini and nothing else and try to forget the traumatic experience of taking pictures during the cold months.
Here are some photographs I took in Tsamadou Beach in Samos.They say that there is a harbor seal in this beach, called Argiro (don’t know why), but I still haven’t had the luck to spot her (the seal is female they say), although other people have seen that cute sea animal. The seal has become the highlight of this beach because generally, as far as I know, there are not so many seals in Greece, so it’s great to see them when they show up on the beach.
While I was uploading those photos on The Viennese Girl blog, I realized one more time how much I love those colors and how life is better by the sea.♥
I had never been to Slovenia before although it’s not far away from Austria, so when the email with the invitation to explore Slovenian countryside landed in my email inbox, I knew I had to find some time and check what Slovenia has to offer.
Our travel destination was the region Prekmurje, that part of Slovenia which is between Hungary and Austria. We, other bloggers from Vienna and me, spent 2 nights at the 5 star hotel Livada Prestige and one night in an old castle, named Grad. Once we arrived in Slovenia a program full of activities was awaiting for us. We visited many traditional restaurants and farm houses, had exquisite meals and very good wine, made sweet love hearts, rafting down the river Mura, and did flying fox (aka zip-line) for the very first time in my life and flied above the swimming pools of Hotel Livada Prestige.
There were two highlights of the weekend in Slovenia: spending a night in an old castle and having lunch at the restaurant Rajh (still remember the asparagus soup). I loved both experiences. Have you ever had the chance to stay overnight in a castle? At the beginning I was a bit skeptical, but then I decided to give it a go, reminding myself how much I like experiencing new things in life. 1 old castle, 311 rooms, 2 girls: Vicky and me, sipping champagne, taking funny selfies under a sky full of sparkling stars, talking about ghosts and witches. Two more things I enjoyed during the weekend in Slovenia were wearing flip flops and drinking elder juice.
The whole excursion was organized by Best Press Story. Special thanks to the team of Best Press Story who showed us around their beautiful country. Thanks to them, we managed to visit places where we wouldn’t found if we were visiting Prekmurje as independent tourists.
We left Vienna Wednesday morning and returned Sunday evening. After four days in the Slovenian countryside, I realized how much of a city person (or an island person) I am, so I was glad to get back to my dear Vienna, and hope to get the chance to visit the Slovenian capital city, Ljubljana and its treasures.♥
I love dogs. And this is why I wanted to share this dog love story with you. I usually don’t document dog love stories on The Viennese Girl blog but this one, the love story of Zoe and Otto, spoke directly to my heart and I thought you might enjoy this story too.
You can tell from the photos, that Otto was looking for his significant other. He went out on a sunny day, he suddenly met Zoe, and they started getting to know each other. After rolling around in the grass and having some fun, they finally got hungry and didn’t lose the chance to savor their food.♥
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