Thursday 30 September 2010

Sky Watch Friday - Something like sky...

This is the sky I saw this evening on my weekly skywalk with my friend Brigitte.
We 'explored' Wienerberg, a Southern part of Vienna,
actually a very large park, I guess it's as large as Central Park,
and quite wild, natural, original...
Already the Romans mined clay here,
and since 1820 Europe's biggest brickyards were actually here.
All of Vienna's buildings around 1900, "Gründerzeitbauten", derive their bricks from these claypits,
and today several ponds remain where the clay for the bricks was once mined.

We enjoyed a long walk at Wienerberg this evening, with an atmospheric autumn sunset,
and a landscape within the boundaries of a 2 million city, which offers space even to the needs of my cute little doggy D'Ora
(no cyclists around :)

Please check Widipedia's entry for Wienerberg (link), it's only in German, but there are some nice pictures showing the atmosphere of the place!

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Saturday 25 September 2010

On a rainy weekend like that...

On a rainy day like that
I try to remember the colour of the summer sky.
I review my summer photos,
and this is what I found:

Blue skies, white clouds, white statues,
bold birds,
gaudy flowers, sparkling fountains,
and good humoured people!

Have a nice sunny weekend ahead!

Thursday 16 September 2010

Sky Watch Friday - Millennium-Tower-Sky

Vienna's Millennium Tower caught my eye
this evening on my weekly Skywalk with my friend Brigitte.

The tower obediently interprets the colour of the sky,
and the white clouds playfully juxtapose the tower's strictly geometrical form.

The Millennium Tower, located at Handelskai 94-96 in the 20th district of Brigittenau in Vienna, is the tallest building and 3rd tallest structure in Austria at 171 metres (561 feet) after the Donauturm. An antenna mounted on top of the tower brings the architectural height to 202 metres (663 feet) but does not count to its overall height. It was designed by the architects Gustav Peichl, Boris Podrecca and Rudolf Weber. The tower has 51 floors, serves both commercial and residential purposes, and is the focal point of a complex known as "Millennium City". It was completed in 1999 for the coming of the third millennium. The office tower has a gross floor area of 47,200 sqm, of which 38,500 sqm is used as office space. The remaining area is to 2 levels are generally available and is used for a shopping center (Millennium City), restaurants and a multiplex cinema (UCI). The Millennium Tower was built in an extremely short construction time: Thanks to efficient organization of all work steps and modern building techniques have created an average of 2 ½ floors a week and the building completed in 1999.

We continue our walk along the Danube.
he Tower is visible everywhere,
gleaming in the darkening evening light.

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Wednesday 15 September 2010


Autumn rain...

Summer's over...

I'm sad and frustrated, today...

I'm longing for bluer skies...

Sunday 12 September 2010

Today's flowers - Early autumn colours

A wonderful summer period ended abruptly in cold rain and nearly winterly temperatures at the beginning of September.

After two cold weeks, autumn has come, and the temperatures are warm and pleasant again.
The flowers and trees begin to wear their first autumn colours!

While the virginia creeper is showing the fist red leaves in Vienna's Stadtpark,
the Japanese Maple in Kumpfgasse is still summerly green!

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