Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tired of everything.

Shopping in Vienna

Vienna offers a huge assortment of fancy, delicious and colorful stores. It's a great city for people like me who like discovering small inconsiderable shops which are hidden in the side street and which aren't so common among tourists. I prefer shopping in these kinds of shops, because in those places you can find great treasures which you won't find in your home town. During my journey in Vienna I fell in love with three great places I would like to share with you. Die Sellerie which is a great gift shop for those people awaiting you at home, Cup Cakes Wien which is for those who are fun of fancy sweets and the Naschmarkt which is for people who love to roam through outdoor markets with the smell of fresh fruits, vegetable or fish.

Die Sellerie from the inside

Die Sellerie in Burggasse 21/1, 1070 Vienna (pretty central, close to the "Museumsquatier" was founded by the four graphic designers Patrick Bauer, Ulrike Dorner, Georg Leditzki and Andreas Posselt. Their charming showroom is filled with articles they have either meticulously developed themselves or carefully selected, such as fine art prints, stationary, home accessories and unique gift ideas for every occasion.

treasures I got at Die Sellerie

Cup Cakes Wien front view in Josephstädterstraße 17
Cup Cakes Wien is the first cup cake store in Vienna. In England there are already so many of them but in Austria Renate Gruber is the first professional cup cake designer. Working as a successfull graphic designer for years, she has a distinctive feeling for the beauty and fineness with culinary sense of delight. The design of cup cakes and tortes is her focus both for private occasions as well as for businesses which are looking for abnormality.
After two years of work with the homepage she actualized her big dream of having her own shop Cup Cakes Wien with a bakehouse in the Josefstädterstraße 17, 1080 Vienna.
Since 1,5 years this is the place where Renate Gruber and her team are creating a large and creative assortment of cup cakes.
Because the clientele couldn't get enough of her extraordinary cup cakes they have opened a second store in the Albertgasse 17, 1080 Vienna.
I can guarantee you that they do taste as good as they look like!

Cup Cakes Wien assortment

eating Cup Cakes Wien at the "Museumsquatier"
Another great place where you can spend hours just roaming around and tasting fresh food at every single booth is the Naschmarkt which  is Vienna's most popular market. Located at the Wienzeile over the Wien River it is about 1,5 kilometers long.
The Naschmarkt has existed since the 16th century when mainly milk bottles were sold (As Milk Bottles were made out of Ash (Wood from an Ash-Tree), "Asch"(German for "Ash")led to the name "Aschenmarkt"). From 1793 onwards, all fruits and vegetables brought to Vienna with carts had to be sold here, while goods arriving on the Danube were sold elsewhere. Nowadays, you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from around the world, exotic herbs, cheese, baked goods such as bread, kaiser rolls, and torte, meats, and seafood. There are also a lot of small restaurants which offer e.g. sushi, kebab, fish, seafood, traditional viennese food such as Kaiserschmarrn or Palatschinken (compares to rolled up crepes) and stalls which offer clothes and accessories. Since 1977, the market extends further along the Wienzeile to an adjacent area every Saturday, when a flea market takes place there.
The unique atmosphere of the Naschmarkt is famous far beyond the borders of Vienna, and large numbers of tourists visit the market every year.

a booth at the Naschmarkt
Zotter shop at the  Naschmarkt

Zotter chocolate I bought at the Naschmarkt

Zotter chocolate is definitely one thing you should get at the Naschmarkt. Besides of the famous Austrian Zotter chocolate there is also one certain favorite booth of mine which sells all kinds of flavored tea, coffee and cocoa. You should at least check out the assortment of Becks cocoa. My favorite is the flavor "A Clockwork Orange"

Hope I've made you curious and you'll find your favorite spots in Vienna one day.
Have a nice weekend,

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Art in Vienna

The Leopold Museum at Vienna's MuseumsQuartier

Due to graduating school with a focus on art I couldn’t have left Vienna without visiting one of the famous art collections. Austrian art is often known for  Egon Schiele or Gustav Klimt who started the Art Nouveau in the early 20th century. This is one of my favourite eras after Impressionism. Luckily there was an exhibition at the Leopold Museum which showed the influences of Klimt in Schiele’s Art work. 
I’m always astonished every time I see one of my favorite art works in their original version instead of the prints in books.
While browsing in a book of Klimt’s collection in the book store of the Leopold Museum my friend Clara and I coincidently read that Klimt’s famous work “Der Kuss” which is one of the most amazing works I’ve ever seen is at the Belvedere just few kilometers away from the Leopold Museum. So immediately we took the subway to Klimt’s main collection in Vienna. Just 40 Minutes before closing time we reached the entrance, immediately bought the tickets and went straight ahead to Klimt’s work passing by everything else. And there we were. Standing in front of “Der Kuss”. I was so excited and had to realize what I was facing. I love this feeling. It’s like being traped in an art book when you’re actualy just in a museum full of famous works. 

"Leben und Tod" by Gustav Klimt
"Fakultätsbilder" by Klimt // from left to right: Philosophie/ Medizin/ Jurisprudenz
post cards from the Leopold Museum's shop

Have a creative day!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sightseeing in Vienna

Museum of Art History

Yeah, well I don’t have much to say to the typical tourist attractions of Vienna. I’m not the type who spends a whole day with one sight. I’m more fun of the Japanese style:  Looking, astonishing, taking a bunch of photos and up to the next sight. All done in one day.  I prefer spending the rest of my time in museums, walking, eating, drinking and discovering unique stores. 

from left to right: Museum of Nature History // Stephansdom
Schönbrunn Castle
 Yeah, that's enough!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Visiting Vienna

Monday, March, 8th 2013, 5 pm – Crossing the Czech/Austrian border I list down Austria as country number 14 on my imaginary „list of countries I’ve been to“
After a 9,5 hours train ride from Berlin to Vienna plus 30 minutes in the tube I finally reached my destination. Austria – country number 14. O.K. I do admit I’m a tiny bit proud of it. But anyways back to the topic. After one year of volunteer work it’s been time for holiday. And no, I do not spend my holidays being lazy in bed or traveling to beaches and all-inclusive hotels. No, that’s not me. After San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas (2010), Liverpool (2011) and London (2012) it’s been time to visit another metro-pole. This time it’s Vienna plus my friend Florentine who I graduated with in Lübeck. After having her by at my place in Berlin I thought it would be fair from me to visit her this time. And I’m glad I did so. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do much stuff together but it was still worth traveling.
Visiting friends in their own apartments for the first time gives you the opportunity to meet them from another side. No parent’s home, no more meeting in cafes for hours. Instead you get to know their way of living, their atmosphere in their homes and their daily schedules and duties.

Definitely a place to visit!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Bye Bye Mitte... - Closing Postfuhramt

Pictures from the c/o
c/o entrance // bunch of crazy people
8th of March 2013 - Saturday morning it's 11.45 (15 minutes too early) and I'm just one out of 50 people falling inline at the book sale of Berlin's c/o photo gallery.
Yes, it has already happened. Unfortunately this beautiful photo gallery at a former Berlin post office in the Oraninenburgestraße in Mitte had to close it's photo collection. At the last minute the c/o got the chance to transfer their collection to the Amerika Haus in Charlottenburg. Not as nice as the old post office but you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, right?!
But what happened then with their book store? Well, the museum shop arranged a book sale which started on the 8th of March at 12 pm and ended the following afternoon. Nor did I have the intention to look for certain books nor was I really eager to come home with treasures. Spontaneously (better say luckily!) I looked up at the book sale 15 minutes before opening and thought I would be too early and  figured out I was just on time. Security men were guarding the book store while proximately 50 impatient visitors were waiting for the gates to open.... This was definitely not how I was imaging my Saturday morning to be. Instead it was stressful, narrow, hot and totally chaotic!! The store was tiny, the books were unsorted, the people were annoying.
Well anyways it turned out to be a successful day. After boxing myself through the crowed and a chock-full store I came out with 60€ lesser but three books richer. This is what I got:

Coming Into Fashion - A Century of Photography at Conde Nast // Sibylle - Modefotografien 1962-1994 // Michael Thompson - Portraits

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