January 2022 archive

Throwback 2021

Throwback 2021

For a photographer like myself, it is always interesting to try out a new device and see how this device can take my, in this case mobile, photography to the next level. I published a blog post that describes which are the features that make this smartphone a must have and why you should consider purchasing a Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, if you are in the market for a new smartphone. Read it here.

January and February

January and February are always the less exciting months of each year. Each new year begins with low key vibes, but as time passes by, things are getting slowly more and more thrilling. One of the most exciting things that happened during these two months must have been the launch of the new Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

March and April

The months that followed I felt the need to escape the Viennese bitter cold temperatures and the lockdown in Vienna in order to keep things going. It is important to me to remain creative even in challenging times. Therefore, I escaped to Chania Old Town where I spent 2 months, March and April. Chania’s colourful buildings and the vibrance of Mediterranean culture were all the inspiration I needed.

When I look back at this year, I realize, that was the wisest decision I took at that moment. These 2 months, March and April, were the best months of the year because they gave me the opportunity to do so many things, and as far as work is concerned, to create content with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

May found me back to my beloved Vienna where the temperatures, in the meantime, had gotten warmer. That translates automatically to long walks and taking photos around the city with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

In June, I flew back to Greece for the usual annual island hopping. Off to discover new islands and taking photos of them. The photos above were taken in Patmos and Symi island with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

In July, work assignments brought me to Salzburg and its surroundings. I had the honour to begin working for Schloss Leopoldskron and worked on an exciting project with Eugendorf Tourism board. These opportunities gave me the chance to meet so many nice people, discover new places and create content. In fact, the photos above were all taken with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. 

August

I spent August in Vienna. While August is a holiday month for most Europeans, it was a quiet month for me. My focus was on my work. I visited the cafes of my neighbourhood and worked from there. I edited photos and planned the projects for the coming months. At the end of August, I published a blog post where I gave 8 photography tips that help you to make the most out of your Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G camera.

September

In an effort to catch the last bits of summer before it ends, I flew back to my home country in September. The endless palette of colours found in the sky never ceases to amaze me. In the photos above you see me trying to capture these colours with my Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.

Throwback 2021

In October I found myself back in Vienna. When in Wien, I prefer working from the cafe of my neighbourhood, instead of working alone at home. This month I received a new pair of Galaxy Buds2 which help me focus on work because of the Active Noise Cancelling that blocks the outside noise and lets me enjoy my music undisturbed. That makes working in cafes easy and fun!

In November I switched to Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. Read my article to find out why.

December found me in Bruges for the first time. What a beautiful country Belgium is. And how beautiful is the architecture, how cosy are the cafes there.

I started the year, as many of you, at a standstill in lockdown and ended it in Abu Dhabi. A year in which there were so many things to be grateful for. Grateful for the experiences, the lessons, the opportunities and the adventures that have come my way. 

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Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges

My cousin had this cool idea to spend Christmas in Bruges. And I, as we all know so far, can’t say no to a good travel opportunity. I’ve never been to Belgium before, but I’ve seen so many photos of Brugge on the web and heard so many people saying it’s a fairytale city. I was looking forward to seeing this city with my own eyes.

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Christmas in Bruges

Is Bruges worth visiting at Christmas?

Yes, Bruges is definitely worth visiting at Christmas! Christmas in Bruges is a magical time of year, with the historic city transformed into a winter wonderland. Bruges is known for its beautiful Christmas markets, with wooden chalets selling gifts, decorations, and festive treats. The city’s streets are lit up with beautiful Christmas lights, creating a magical atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy carol singing at one of the city’s many churches or public events.

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Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges is famous for its enchanting and festive atmosphere. Visitors come from all over the world to experience the beautiful Christmas markets, stunning lights, and festive decorations that fill the city’s historic streets.

Bruges is also renowned for its delicious food, and during Christmas, there are plenty of festive treats to enjoy. From warming cups of mulled wine to traditional gingerbread and waffles, there’s something for everyone.

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Christmas in Bruges

Our pretty boutique hotel in Bruges

Hotel Patritius

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Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges
Christmas in Bruges
 

Christmas in Bruges

Christmas in Bruges
Christmas in Bruges
 

Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium

How many days is enough for Bruges?

The amount of time you need to fully experience Bruges depends on your interests and how much you want to see and do in the city. However, most visitors find that 2-3 days is enough time to explore the main attractions and get a good feel for the city.

With 2-3 days in Bruges, you can visit the main landmarks such as the Belfry Tower, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, and the Groeningemuseum. You can also take a boat tour along the city’s canals, wander through the picturesque streets and alleys, and sample some of the local cuisine.

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Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium
Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium
 

If you have more time, you can explore some of the city’s lesser-known neighborhoods, visit some of the surrounding towns and attractions, or take a day trip to nearby cities such as Brussels or Ghent.

Overall, 2-3 days is a good amount of time to spend in Bruges, but if you have more time available, you’ll be able to discover even more of the city’s charms.

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Hotel Patritius BRUGES Belgium

I fell in love with Bruges, but not with the weather in Bruges. We spent four days in Bruges. During these four days we never saw the sun. That’s also the reason why the photos of this blog post turned out quite dark and moody.

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Bruges best travel tips

Bruges has several Christmas markets that offer a variety of gifts, decorations, and festive treats. The markets are a great place to shop for unique and handmade gifts, and to sample local foods and drinks.

Bruges best travel tips

Bruges best travel tips
Bruges best travel tips
 
Bruges best travel tips
Bruges best travel tips
 
Bruges best travel tips
Bruges best travel tips
 
Cafes and restaurants in Bruges

Le pain quotidien / Seafood bar Belge / That’s toast / The old chocolate house / Otomat Brugge for pizza / Vero Cafe / Potato Bar for fries / Casa Patata for fries / Bar des Amis for wine and cocktails / Brasserie surplace / Adriaan Coffee Shop / Cuvee wine bar

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The Viennese Girl travel blog photography
 

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The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

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The Viennese Girl travel blog photography

Bruges Brugge photography

Bruges Brugge photography
Bruges Brugge photography

Bruges Brugge photography
Bruges Brugge photography
 

Bruges is a beautiful city to explore on foot, and during Christmas, the historic streets are even more charming. Take a winter walk through the city’s cobbled streets, admire the beautiful architecture and festive decorations, soak up the festive atmosphere.

Bruges Brugge photography

I would love to live in Bruges for a certain period of time. It is my kind of city… small, cute and photogenic. One thing I don’t know is for how long I could put up with with this gloomy weather. But, I guess, I won’t be able to know, if I never try to live there …

Bruges Brugge photography

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