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Himmelblau

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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.♥

MuseumsQuartier

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The heart of the city beats in MQ (MuseumsQuartier) which makes this place the hot meeting point of Vienna. There is so much happening during the whole year but I like it most in the summer months. Located here are several exhibition halls, galleries, artist studios, the MUMOK, and the Leopold Museum. But if you are not a museum person, there are restaurants, open air cafes and bars and just in case everything is full and you don’t find a place to sit (which is often common when the weather is warm), take your beer and lie on a “plastic couch” or sit on one of the benches. So many options are all gathered in one place. The city is unbeatable in the summertime and MQ is one of my favorites spots so far.. I am used to spending plenty of time here enjoying the sun and reading a book.♥

Vienna snapshots

A few snapshots from this beautiful city, where I luckily live. Not many things to say. Just to let you know that the Instagramers from all over the world organize a meeting in Vienna on the following Saturday 17.05 and I guess it is going to be very interesting to meet them (people who enjoy taking pictures everyday like me). At the beginning, they were planning to meet at Augarten park but since the weather is not going to be ideal for an outdoor activity, they changed the meeting place and the event starts at 13.00 at Lehargasse 7, 1060 Vienna. Are you ready for an indoor picknick in order to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Instagramers in Vienna?

See you all there.

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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.

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Pandemonium

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Photo by Jakob Reinfeldt

Well, after many grey cold days, sun came back to the Viennese sky yesterday. Jakob, who happens to be a talented photographer and a friend of mine, and I didn’t miss the chance to have a walk around the city. He grabbed his fantastic photo camera (which I am dreaming of having the same) and we snapped some beautiful pictures.

What I especially enjoy very much every time I write this blog is that I have to give a name to each post. I call this one Pandemonium because it is like an explosion of colours. The first photo of this post could have been taken somewhere in Brazil or Murano in the Venetian Lagoon, but no, it was taken in the centre of my beautiful Vienna.♥

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.

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Vienna 20 degrees

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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.

10 things to do in Budapest

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10 things that I like to do when in Budapest:

1.    Kürtőskalács. Write down the name and ask for it! I don’t know how to pronounce it, but it tastes delicious. One Kürtőskalács per day keeps the doctor away.

2.    Enjoying a coffee at the Café New York.

3.    Walking along the Andrássy Avenue reaching Heroes’ Square.

4.    Enjoying the sun at the tables of the Café Gerbeaud watching people come by.

5.    Gazing at the stunning view of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion.

6.    Savoring the smoked salmon filled with cheese cream and goulash soup in the Κiskakukk restaurant.

7.    Having a Sunday brunch at the Gundel Restaurant. Beware that you probably need a reservation, otherwise they don’t let you enter the door!

8.    Walking along the Danube River and watching the city lights is like taking part in a spy drama.

9.    Diving into the vibrant night life in the popular Liszt Ferenc tér and Ráday utca.

10.    The Shoes on the Danube Promenade is the saddest memorial I have ever seen in my life. It takes me immediately back to the day when the Jews fell into the river after having been shot during the World War II.

The Diamond on the Danube is also famous for its thermal baths. At this point I have to confess my disappointment for the Szechenyi Bath. It looks so beautiful in the photos, but I would never go there again. I am a Spa Therme lover and unfortunately Szechenyi Bath didn’t meet my expectations.

Szia Budapest… Köszönöm!

Holidays in Spain

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When the airplane brings me to Spain, these are the 11 things that I like to do:

1.    Throwing the handkerchiefs on the ground in a Madrid bar like the Spaniards.

2.    Greece is famous for its nightlife, but there is no comparison to what I experienced in the Spanish capital city! Does anybody stay home at night? Parks, streets and bars were more crowded after midnight than during the day!

3.    Taking the airplane from Barajas Airport to the Balearic Islands, or much better, to South America.

4.    Giving crumbs to the swans and ducks and hiring a pedal boat in the lake of the Retiro Park on a sunny Spanish day.

5.    A day excursion to Toledo for the landscape, the Toledo cathedral, and the El Greco paintings.

6.    Going out for the Tapas-Time or having a late-night dinner savouring Jamón Serrano, tortilla de patata, and paella while drinking Sangria!

7.    Stopping by a Churreria or Churro stand on my way back home after an evening of fun with the Spaniards.

8.    Trying to sing “Besame, besame mucho, como si fuera esta noche la ultima vez..” on a karaoke night in Barcelona.

9.    Visiting the Gaudí buildings in Barcelona and taking a lot of pictures.

10.    Going on a road trip on the spanish coast starting from Barcelona, driving through Valencia and at the end reaching Málaga.

11.     Having a Spanish course in Valencia and meeting other international people who try to speak in Spanish. You can search the internet and find out that there are so many interesting language courses. Believe me, it can be fun learning a language while having vacation in Spain.
Besos a todo los amigos en España. ¡Hasta la próxima!

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