As I spend these days, day after day, in libraries in front of the screen of my computer, hidden behind a pile of books, doing some research on Italian cinema and trying to write a thesis, I thought I should spoil myself with a rich breakfast and headed straight to that place next to the Danube canal which is called Motto am Fluss before heading to the library. Saying that, it’s obviously not my favorite way of spending my days, my cell phone attracts my attention and I cheat a little bit looking at photos on Instagram (I hope the professor doesn’t read this).
Breakfast at Motto am Fluss is always a nice experience, I usually order pancakes with fruits, homemade rosemary lemonade, and chocolate croissant with almonds, and all tastes super delicious but do you know what I like most? Their logo!! Yes indeed, I find it really cute. All in all, a place to visit again and again. ♥
Franziskanerplatz is one of these places I spotted on the Internet even before I came to Vienna. I was lucky because I used to live very close to this lovely square when I first moved to Vienna. Unfortunately my flat now is not so close to Franziskanerplatz anymore.
Discovering Franziskanerplatz in Vienna – A Hidden Gem
There are plenty of historical places to visit in Vienna, the city of music and coffee – but Franziskanerplatz might not be among the first that spring to mind. The square doesn’t have many grand buildings or landmarks to see, and it’s usually overlooked in favour of more famous attractions such as Stephansdom Cathedral or Schönbrunn Palace. However, this shouldn’t deter you from checking out this lovely part of town and exploring its charms!
A Closer Look at Franziskanerplatz in Vienna
Franziskanerplatz is a small but beautiful fountain square located in the 2nd district of Vienna. It’s a great place to relax and take in the sights and sounds of the city. The square is home to a number of cafes and restaurants, as well as a few shops. There’s also a beautiful fountain at the center of the square. If you’re looking for a hidden gem in Vienna, be sure to check out Franziskanerplatz!
The Place to Be on a sunny day: Franziskanerplatz
On a sunny day, there’s no better place to be than Franziskanerplatz. This lovely square is surrounded by beautiful buildings, including the Franciscan Church, and is filled with people enjoying the good weather. The cafes and restaurants lining the square are perfect for grabbing a bite or a drink. If you’re looking for a place to relax and soak up the Viennese sun, Franziskanerplatz is the perfect spot.
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Franziskanerplatz has a fountain in the middle and resembles to an Italian piazza. When the weather is nice in Vienna, visit the Kleines Café (they serve delicious bread with a choice of toppings) If all the tables are taken, wait for a while. I never visit this place during the winter because the cigarette smoke indoors is quite annoying. However, during the summer Franziskanerplatz is definitely a very wonderful place to spend a few hours. It’s less touristy, central yet quiet.
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Photos above were snapped on my holidays in Santorini by Antonio Giannakos.
My return to Vienna hadn’t been as good as I would’ve liked. It was raining nonstop for two days and that didn’t help me at all to adapt myself smoothly to the city life. Leaving a place which has 30 degrees to go to a place which has 14 was very disappointing. I wanted to hide myself under a duvet, or even better, to press a button that would teleport me back to the magic Cyclades, but instead of that, I had to run errands all day in rain. September can be a cruel month for many people, I guess. Kids get back to school and adults get back to work. Whatever happens, always look on the bright side of life.
“Happiness is simply a habit of looking on the brighter side of everything.”Richelle E. Goodrich
Bright side of life
Photos by Antonio Giannakos
Every summer has a story, Santorini has the best…
The first time I visited Santorini was in 1998 with my pen pal friend from Holland (Bianca, if you are reading this, where are you?). Second time I visited Santorini was in 2003 with another friend of mine. Now I am about to tell you a crazy story. That friend of mine, in the summer of 2003, fell for a guy whom she met in Mykonos. That guy told her that at the end of August he would be working in a bar in Santorini. So now you can imagine why I went to Santorini in August 2003. I had to sacrifice myself to accompany my friend who was in search of her love. It was the last weekend of August, the end of the summer. My friend and I were sitting in the living room and the school was closed. There was nothing to do, we were listening to radio music, we didn’t talk. We were little sad that the summer was coming to an end and that the school was about to start again. Suddenly someone (I don’t remember whether it was me or her) popped the idea to go to Santorini for the weekend. It was around 18.00 and the ship was departing from the port of Piraeus at 22.00. I went home, put some things on a sac voyage and we both met at the harbor, a little bit before the departure of the ship. Don’t ask me where we found accommodation because I don’t remember at all. We had a specific mission to carry out. We didn’t even care that much for issues such as accommodation. But don’t worry, we didn’t stay on the streets.
10 years later I am back to Santorini. What is that thing that makes you love a place forever? What is that thing that makes you keep a place forever sealed in your heart? What is that thing that makes you wanting to come back to a place over and over again? I guess that magic in the air in combination with the mind-blowing landscape. Once I arrived this summer in Santorini, I pinched myself, still hardly believed it, but yes I was back again.
You might wonder now if we met that guy, the reason for the trip to Santorini in 2003….No, we didn’t. It was just a summer love. It stayed in my friend’s memory like that. You know, one of those summer loves that you wish you could have next to you in the cold winter nights.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain