November

This November, I …

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  • visited my grandmother in Graz
  • spent a day in Maribor
  • went to the Hofmobiliendepot  (furniture museum, very peculiar)
  • tailored some bootcut jeans into skinnies and now I wear them all the time
  • met some old classmates I hadn’t seen since I graduated
  • lost my blogging mojo a bit
  • and a scarf! It was already unraveling at some parts, but still!
  • finally found an awesome, second hand denim jacket, which looks exactly how I envisioned it
  • read so many Donna Leon novels, I ended up confusing all the crimes/suspects/motives
  • started making some of the christmas presents I’ll be gifting this year

hofbäckerei graz

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maribor

Astoria and Archer

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Maribor

Maribor

Maribor is just an hour south of Graz, in Slovenia, so I decided to spent a day there last week, when I was visiting my grandmother. I didn’t know anything about this town, so I just set out to explore and see what I would discover.

Maribor a charming little town, and very small. I really liked how the buildings are arranged  – there are very steep alleys down to the river, the difference is a couple of meters. The three bridges are on the upper level, about three storeys high (see below). There isn’t really much to do except for walking through the town – it felt a bit like time had stopped, everything was small and sweet, with few stores/restaurants/people. – at least in the old center of the city. One tip for you: The shores of the Drava are a perfect place to rest, read, enjoy the sun and watch the countless swans, which are trying to get the attention (and food) of the strollers.

I would say just a few hours are enough to get a feeling of Maribor, a whole day is already a lot of time! I thought it was a cute town, but there isn’t much to see or do. Also, visiting it once is probably enough, but feel free to disagree!

Maribor

Maribor

Maribor

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Trieste

Trieste

This is the last summer-holidays-travel-post.. Makes me kind of sad! I’m already fully immersed in schoolstuff and the holiday feeling is almost gone – I’m already looking forward to the end of October, when I’ll have a few free days.

But back to some sunny weather, salty air and sea-views! As I wrote in my post about Venice, we decided pretty spontaneously to spend some days in Italy and soak up the sun one last time. We chose Triest, where we’ve already been a couple of times. It’s at the very edge of Italy, right at the Slovenian border. In the 19th century, it belonged to Austria – and it definitely has a different vibe than most italian cities. The atmosphere is different, it sometimes reminds me of Vienna – a more southern version of the city maybe.

We spent most of the days exploring the streets, going into cafés and museums and doing a bit of shopping. We simply enjoyed the warmth, the holidays, the sea. There was a regatta with seemingly hundreds of little kids in optimists once and the next day, there where wind-surfers everywhere. It was certainly windy enough for both! Also, let me tell you about the food! One of my favourite topics, ha :). The best ice cream was at a shabby looking place right at the harbour, Il Pinguino, the best cafe in the Via S. Nicolò (I think it was the Caffè Walter 1907) and the best dinner in an amazing raw restaurant called Draw in the Via Torino. Definitely recommend the last one, it was so, so good and surprisingly inexpensive. Typical italian food reimagined. Try it if you are in Trieste!

I spent some really good days there and enjoyed the calm before the storm :). Overall I would say that this time, the holidays (the whole summer) were all about the sea. I often wonder, do I prefer the mountains or the sea? I would normally answer mountains (or preferably both), but this year the sea definitely won. I guess next year will be about the mountains :)

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Venezia

Canale Grande

Ah, finally! I desperatly wanted to visit Venice this summer, and almost felt as if I was running out of time: It was already the last week of the summer holidays, but then the family decided to spend a couple of days at the Adriatic, in Trieste – which is approx. 2,5h away. So obviously we had to go… My parents haven’t been to Venice for almost 20 years, and my (younger) sister and I each have only seen the city once, with school, for not more than a couple of hours. Again, we only stayed for a day this time, but we still saw a lot and fell in love with this city all over again. And decided to come back soon, for real. I’m not going to wait another 6 years!

This city is truly magical… The light is so different, the water reflects the sunlight onto the  facades and creates wonderful patterns. And in turn, the buildings are mirrored in the water, as if there was a second city just beneath the surface. Then there is always the sound of the waves, the salty air. And the beautiful buildings! The windows, the balconies, the colours of the walls – So many different shades of red, pink and orange, which is a nice contrast to green-blue water of the canals. So much inspiration from these colour-combinations alone! Some houses are in a really bad condition, but still manage to look charming. And I didn’t know there were so many gardens in Venice! It’s much greener than I thought.

Obviously, the city was filled with people, at least on the main paths. Rialto was suffocating and we decided not to go into San Marco – we didn’t want to wait for almost an hour, in the heat and all. But really, Venice has so many little streets and narrow alleys and only a couple were really unpassable. The city istn’t big, but if  you take a couple of turns into an other direction, you will end up somewhere completely different – somewhere more quiet and less chaotic, but equally beautiful. There are signs everywhere, which show you the direction to the most famous sights and are helpful for general orientation, so getting lost will definitely happen, but finding the way back again (though probably a different one) isn’t too difficult either. A good map is certainly helpful though, especially if you are looking for something specific! We really wanted to see the Curch of Santa Maria dei Miracoli for example and with the help of a map we found it much quicker.

Talking about people… I did actually see someone I ‘knew’! I ran into Scott Schuman and Jenny Walton from The Sartorialist! I found out later that apparently they were in Venice only for a day – What a fabulous coincidence to be in the same little street at the same time! I told you Venice is magical :)

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Procuratie Vecchie

graden in venice

Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli (at least the edge)

Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo

San Marco details

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Scuola Grande di San Marco

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Prague

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Right after we (my younger sister an I) returned from Budapest last year, we decided to plan a similar trip for this summer: To Prague! At first we wanted to do another day trip, but my father conviced us to stay for two days: He said that there is so much to see, one day (not even a whole!) wouldn’t be nearly enough. Well, two days aren’t much either, Prague is full of places we haven’t yet seen.

There where some things on our list we definitely wanted to visit: The Astronomical Clock (absolutely beautiful, my favourite), the Lennon Wall (it took us quite some time to find it), the Hradčany (Prague Castle), the Café Imperial. We did all that and then some more… We just wanted to explore the city, to wander around. We actually did not visit the Golden Lane, because you have to pay extra entry for it and we weren’t so desperate to see it in real life. Also, the Hradčany was super crowded so we decided to postpone it – maybe next time.

Prague is truly beautiful, the architecture is very diverse. There are little winding alleys (very medieval), lots of parks, art nouveau buildings, and of course the Vltava with its bridges and little islands. You can even rent pedalos or just take a tour on one of the many sightseeing boat. Another recomendation: Try trdelník. It’s so good! Very sweet, with a slight caramel flavour. We had a normal one and then on the next day one filled with ice cream and berries – the pastry acts as a cone. Whe did not need a lunch that day!

I think I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves now… I imagine it must be beautiful in winter as well, when there aren’t so many people on the streets and everything is much more quiet – and you can really take your time to admire everything. My favourite thing (besides the astrolabe) where definitely the roofs of the towers, with the little turrets and golden balls on top. Just how imagined it… Prague certainly looks like it has stepped out of a fairytale sometimes.

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August

This August, I…

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  • had the most delicious beignets with chestnut purée
  • missed a train (because the other one was late) and caught the very, very last one back home
  • went to Rosenheim (in Germany) to see a Viking exhibition and left very inspired
  • searched for the Lennon Wall in Prague – took us two tries to find it!
  • started embroidering again
  • stocked up on my Liberty stash
  • started reading Donna Leon’s crime novels
  • ran into Scott Schuman and Jenny Walton in Venice
  • was featured on Kollabora!
  • spent only 3 nights in total in my flat in Vienna

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venezia

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Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Do you remember that one of the things on my Summer Holidays Bucket List was to visit a place in Austria I’ve never been to before? Well, I chose to visit Bad Gastein for a day. I’ve passed through it often, when I spent the holidays in Carinthia as a child – the train goes right through the heart of the Austrian alps. I’ve always loved this route through the mountains, but I never actually stopped and took a closer look at this little alpine village.

The first impression: There are hotels everywhere. Do people actually really live here? Do they even find work during the summer, when many of the hotels are closed? I guess winter tourism is the biggest source of income in this area. They try to get more people to spend their summers here as well, but everything seems to be focused on the colder season. It was pretty quiet, with just a couple of tourists (and maybe two-three locals), but in winter, it must be hell. Or at least not how I imagine a peaceful skiing holiday. But anyway, it was nice to breathe some mountain air and see the famous waterfall that goes right through the village. Pretty stunning! There is a path next to the river, you can follow it all the way through the valley – I returned after walking for an hour, but I could have continued forever: The sound of the water is so calming and the air is filled with mist and moisture – too bad you can’t breathe in advance!

Even though I had a good time, I probably won’t stop again. There is not a lot to see and once is enough. But I will continue to enjoy driving through the valley, marveling at the beauty of the mountains! :)

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

Bad Gastein

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