Monday, 19 March 2018

Sunny Skywatch

The Gürtel, one of the main roads in Vienna

Last friday I view the streets from a rare perspective, from the front seat in a car. On our way to a nearby city I took advantage of my free hands and pictured the drive.

Let me take you along the route, heading South – a route many commuters take on Fridays.
A consstruction site in front of a high-rise (high-rise according to Viennese standards)

Along the Triester Straße

Probably my favourite shot. The new facade mirrors a typical buidling (probably early 1960s).
Railtracks crossing car routes

Exzellent shapes, make me think of Robert Venturi

Suburban culture reflects at the Wiener Berg

First time I noticed this building.

A suburban crossing with public transport nearby (the busstop to the right). Maybe you did not notcie, but even the grim street as seen on the first picture comes with a bus stop,  probably the "Vienna Nightline".

Blue is the colour for highways. South! East!

Slowing down, we are not alone

On the A2 heading South

Old fashioned non-SUVs on the road

This feels so good!

Time to watch the clouds
Almost there

Ahhh, this was a nice change of pace. Meanwhile we are back to this:

March, behave!
In case you have not heard of Skywatch Friday: The Skywatch community posts sky views from all over the world.

Stay warm!

Saturday, 17 March 2018



Weekends are always welcome for an afternoon at the museum. The Belvedere museum is located in Vienna's 3rd district, situated in Baroque palaces. The two palaces (Upper & Lower Belvedere) and the garden are listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

Challenging barrier-free exhibition design as seen at the exhibition "Aging Pride"

Not all cafeterias at museums offer vegan dishes. That's why I always bring a snack.

And bottled water. A must.

Exhibit at "Aging Pride" by Brigitte Kowanz

Exhibit at "Aging Pride" by Brigitte Kowanz

The route along the exhibition leads visitors from standard white rooms, film projections rooms and black corners (see above) straight into a Baroque garden room.

Not what I expected. Warm sunlight on a late afternoon, early March

The source of the shadow on the wall

The atmosphere in the hall was just beautiful. I stayed a little longer.

Not every visitor shared the experience.

Time to explore the garden. The unfamiliar location* got me into "exploration-mode".
* Schönbrunn garden is my homebase

More people focussing on their screens. What might be more interesting than this view?

Typical garden bench and best blue sky in ages and unusual plant designs in the background

The design. Hm. Ok. I don't get it.
Great tit solo, accompanied by a lute.
Timeless branches. Some sights never change.

The hazy light reminded me of winter afternoons 20, 30 years ago. Not a lot has chanced.
A crow taking off. The enormous wall in the background called for my attention.

What a wall! Exterior wall of an adjacent building.

Built history. Excellent!

As always, I did not take any pictures with my phone.

My phone receives calls, dials numbers, receives and sends texts.

"Please, this is 2018. Really. Now. Go and get youself a Smartphone ! !"

In case we've met before, you probably know my answer. My rejection is not coquetry. It's an opinion I've built over time, based upon 

# my responsibility I know about the production conditions. Plus the lack of sustainabiliy. My current phone is a keeper.

# the effects The people I see on my way to work, in the street, in shops, at museums etc live under the influence. I love to communicate. Still, I take the liberty to live with a phone, a camera and an outdated agenda.

The agenda is coming to an end.
New edition is in the starting blocks. One word love: Handwriting!

Unfortunately my outdated lifestyle excludes me numerous instant communication channels. This blog is one way to stay in touch with dear family and friends. Wait. A blog? Seriously? I know. It's 2018 ...

OK. Lets end this with this outlook: We still have the call.

Thank you for being patient and staying in touch!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018



2018 comes with plenty of downtime that I love to spend at home, circling around the kitchen.

One is never enough: Bialetti's iconic Macchinettas

Having explored the facets of Cauliflower, it was time to move on to Brussels sprouts.

I could halt and just admire them as they were. So I did.
Can you tell how much I enjoyed carving trimming the stems? No irony here!

Brussels sprouts are versatile, you can cook them in a pan.
You can also cook them in a casserole.
Experiencing cold times, the casserole was my choice.

A casserole in the oven leaves you with plenty of time. Time to tackle some household chores. The following photos speak for themselves. 


Time to check the casserole in the oven ...

Lemon juice is always a good choice.

Barely ready, the meal is already gone. This leads us to the final chapter in the kitchen.

Macchinetta hardly ever soaks in dish detergent, hot water should be enough. 

I made really good use of the hiatus and even managed to finish another photo album. This vacation has been sitting in a box for ages. By ages I mean decades. 2 to be precise. :-o

Sticking and glueing: done. 
Next: journaling.  

Speaking of vacations: In case you plan to visit Vienna next March: You have been warned!

Imagine spring

You know where to look for me:

See you soon!