I have had a lot to do for university lately (more than usual), but we were talking with a friend of mine that we should go and visit Albertina after the opening of the new Raffael exhibition. Finally, I have found the time to do so, but as things have to be always ‘interesting’, my experience there was a tiny bit disastrous.
After the tour at Zentralfriedhof, I was so impressed with what Secret Vienna has to offer, so once I got invited to another ramble around Vienna, I could not resist but join again. This time our walk was around the city center, revealing interesting hidden corners and lesser-known streets that I have always passed by, but never seemed to walk through. Let me tell you just this one thing, once you start living here, you go through the same paths every day and even if it is sad to admit it, with time you lose your adventurer’s spirit and occupied by your mundane daily routines, you forget to look past the tip of your nose. Therefore, thanks to this tour with Secret Vienna, the explorer’s spirit in me was once again awakened.
I have been hearing about Caudalie a lot in the past few years, but I did not have the chance to try it out until now. The brand is actually the same age as I am (Team ’95) so I felt kind of connected to it once I realized that. If you are not familiar with them, they are a French company, mainly sold in pharmacies (at least in Austria) and they offer high-quality facial and body skincare. I am a keen YouTube-watcher and one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Fleur de Force, was doing a video about Christmas gift guides and then she mentioned one of those Caudalie crackers and some other present ideas that they are doing this year.
I was glad to be invited last week by Secret Vienna to one of their awesome tours around Vienna. Still haven’t heard about them? Well, if you are someone like me, who has already seen all those glam and glow places around the city and want something new, these are your guys! There are very few places in Vienna that I haven’t seen, but the central cemetery counts towards those ones.
I admit, living with roommates has its own perks. I have lived with several amazing girls while being a student and I have learned different things from each and one of them. My last roommate was German with Russian origins and cooked amazing stuff. Every time we were both at home, there was an amazing smell of home-cooked meals and snacks. Of course, when people live together, they share a lot – the roof, the bathroom, the meals. M. made the most amazing pancakes that I have ever tried, so fluffy and light, almost like little clouds that melt on your tongue. We both had nothing in mind eating them for breakfast … and for lunch … and for dinner with everything we had in the fridge. The other day I remembered about those delicious ‘oladushki’ as she called them and decided to recreate them.
As you may have figured by the whole ‘Opera’ section on my blog, I am a keen classical
music fan. This, however, does not at all mean that I do not enjoy what is currently on the charts and I try to keep track of the newest trends. I would say that I love music in general and I listen to all sorts of things. Recently, with the weather changing to utterly cold and extremely dark too early in the day, I have been listening to some depresso tracks, but of course, also to some, which are on the more positive side. Today, it is November 2017, and I will tell you what I have been listening to lately.
You know … when in Rome, well in our case Vienna … you cannot pass on those places which are just screaming “Come in! Get a cup of steaming coffee and some strudel!”. I have written a post about Viennese Coffee Culture where I talk a lot about why cafés are something special here and I mention some of the most iconic ones. Well, Café Mozart is in line with Café Central, Landtmann and Sacher and has been around for quite a while (it has been known as Café Mozart since 1929). Situated at the very heart of Vienna behind the Vienna State Opera and across from Albertina, it offers a cozy, luxurious atmosphere, which allures its guests to prolong their stay here for as long as possible.
This is one of the most recent and oldest museums right now in our beautiful Vienna. Huh?! Yeah, I know it sounds, let’s put it like that – weird, but since its new re-opening, it is the ‘newest’ museum in Vienna, yet, actually, it was first opened in the beginning of last century. After it has been closed for renovation since 2014, now it has been open to the public again. The grand reopening was on the 25th of October and on the 26th everyone who was interested was granted a free admission on the National Holiday. And of course, your girl was the first in line (well, kind of, there were other enthusiasts as well). After staying in line for about fifteen minutes, we were finally admitted and I was ready to start exploring.
You are searching for a royal experience over the weekend? Look no further – some coffee and some cake at Imperial will definitely make you feel like a Habsburger. I was here last week for the first time and I was completely taken aback by the grandeur hallway, the heavy chandeliers, and the cozy atmosphere. I think it is safe to say that I am in love with expensive hotels, but sleeping in these is not exactly on my student budget. Therefore, I always look for alternatives – in this case it is true that I had to pass on the Elisabeth Suite, but I was still able to explore downstairs.
If you expected something groundbreaking, I might disappoint you just now. I am a very conservative person and I stick with the things I like (if you have read my last post you know), but if you recognize yourself in this description as well, feel free to read on.
As I have mentioned before on the blog, walks are my remedy for sadness, boredom, bad mood, plus they are a great way to move a little bit, especially if you are not in the mood for doing sports (I certainly do not imagine myself going to the fitness after finishing writing yet another paper). So it doesn’t matter if you live in Vienna, you are visiting as a tourist or randomly passing by our beautiful city, I want to tell you about my favorite places for a stroll here.