Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Another Sunday in Vienna

We leave our flat and see that the light is brilliant:
blue sky, copper- green domes, pastel-coloured houses.

On a working day you don't notice how many churches there are in the center of the city.
But today we do:
200 meters to St. Stephen's Cathedral, 300 meters to St. Peter's Church.

And as usual, there is a coffee house at the corner with outdoor tables in the warm season.


700 meters - Maria am Gestade.


And so many of the typical houses of Vienna's bourgeoisie. The rental apartments are passed on within families from generation to generation and therefore it's nearly impossible to find them on the market.









And right in the middle is Vienna's most elegant and socially accepted brothel, Hotel Orient.


900 meters to Votivkirche.



The old AKH, Allgemeines Krankenhaus, once Vienna's largest central hospital, has become a recreation area now with inns, meadows, art galleries, book shops. As the University is nearby, it is also a campus area. Something for connoisseurs!

The famous Wiener Schnitzel :D



Not far from Burgtheater, Rathaus, Parliament and the headquarters of the Socialist Party (SPÖ) is Cafe Landtmann where politicians meet journalists and intellectuals, artists and bankers.



When we pass the SPÖ building, we think that it might have been an illusion to believe that the time of political personality cult was over...
The gentleman in red will probably be the new chancellor of the Republic end of September.


Here you see two typical representatives of the insubordinate voters
*gg*


Finally we take a rest in nearby Volksgarten.






Thanks for joining us on our walk!
This time my hubby has selected the tour and the subjects!
But I paid the bill!

28 comments:

laughingwolf said...

great tour, thx maria :)

The Tile Lady said...

Stunning, breath-taking photos!

Donna said...

Thank you for a fantastic walking tour! Beautiful!

The Tile Lady said...

Maria, I am so thrilled you got on my blog! My husband was in the Army and then the Air Force, and that has a lot to do with why we moved so much, but not entirely....you are quite right, Americans tend to move around A LOT! Have you ever visited in the States? Would love to show you around some time in my own little corner of this place! And, Vienna looks GORGEOUS!!!!! I have to go there some time! It really is a beautiful city, but also you are a wonderful photographer. All my best--visit me anytime!
Marie

Small City Scenes said...

What beauty your city has. Thank you for the wonderful tour. I like the balcony full of planted containers in the apartment area. We all had a good time. MB

roentarre said...

Looks like a wonderful day of visit. Great photographs in deed!

Marie Reed said...

that blue sky is dizzying! what a memorable day!

marina said...

I love old buildings. Unfortunately there aren't many preserved in Greece!!!
What a beautiful word: "hubby"! I'll use it to my husband! It's sweet and tender!!!

Vodka Mom said...

That was stunning! Thanks for the lovely tour this morning.. and i didn't even have to leave the house!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Your photographs are excellent reminders of beauty in other cities and you certainly captured it. I liked the chicken dinner. Neat.

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Darla said...

It's beautiful there. Thanks for sharing.

Clarissa said...

Vielen Dank für die wunderschönen Bilder aus einer Stadt, die ich liebe.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Fantastic views of great city Viena!
Thanks for visit my blog of flowers!
Have a nice weekend!

Santilli

Steven said...

Maria,beautifully post! I wavt you all the best!
steven

Lady Di Tn said...

Thanks for sharing your walk with us. It is very beautiful there. Peace

Denise said...

Fantastic photos. I was in Austria 34 years ago, in Seefeld. It is a beautiful country.

Ces said...

I love these tours of yours. Beautiful old buildings, well maintained. These are what we call "European" but why is the brothel called "Orient" Who services the brothel? That is a giant billboard for a politician.

ayamlin said...

Hi maria!
I love seeing the sceney of Vienna's street.
it's very beautiful!
In Tokyo there are too many buildings. So I can't enjoy seeing scenery. I wish I lived in Vienna!!
I want you to update those pictures from now on, too.
I always look forward to seeing them!

Maria said...

Dear Ayamlin, I am happy that you like our trips through Vienna. For me it is a great pleasure to post our trips, because I look much closer at my city and I actually see many things I would not have noticed otherwise.
We are planning to make a "Jugendstil" tour. This is a stilistic highlight around 1900 which is significantly influenced by Japanese culture. Yapanese culture was very much admired by Viennese artists because of its simple elegance and its nobleness and refinement.

Maria said...

Hallo ces, thanks for visiting. What you call "European" style would be called "Gründerzeit" style in Vienna. These bourgeois houses were built around 1880 to 1910. After World War II these houses were really black from smoke etc but in the last decades they were carefully renovated.
I think that Hotel Orient has it's name from the Arabic tales "One tousand and one nights", the story of Sheherazade who saves her life by telling endless tales to the cruel king. Originally these tales were not children's tales but erotic tales (see wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Thousand_and_One_Nights )
Besides, you associate luxury and lust with the Orient.
It was a great hallo when ten years agon the Orient opened and invited also married couples or lovers to come... :)

Maria said...

Dear Ayamlin, I am happy that you like our trips through Vienna. For me it is a great pleasure to post our trips, because I look much closer at my city and I actually see many things I would not have noticed otherwise.
We are planning to make a "Jugendstil" tour. This is a stilistic highlight around 1900 which is significantly influenced by Japanese culture. Yapanese culture was very much admired by Viennese artists because of its simple elegance and its nobleness and refinement.

Webradio said...

Hello !

Vienne est une très jolie ville...

J'y ai même visité le château se Schönbrunn, en y prenant des photos...

Jeanette said...

Gday Maria.. more Beautiful photo's of the buildings I
along the walk.. Please keep posting your walks

marie6 said...

Impressive architecture, my husband would be impressed, he loves buildings. Looking forward to the next walk with you.

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Marie Reed said...

I'll try to get Noah on the good ole math path:)

Titania said...

Yes, this was a fantastic tour. Your hubby has chosen very well! Your are very good ambassadors for Vienna.

Barbara Martin said...

Wonderful tour of Vienna! Perhaps one day you could photograph the outside of the Spanish Riding School.