On Stefansplatz( first time in 2013)
-Am Hof Advent Market,
-in Altes AKH,
-at Belvedere Palace,
-at Schonbrunn palace:
The official opening of the 20th X-mas Market started when of the X-mas tree was lited at 4p.m. on November 23rd and it will last until December 26th 2013., from 10a.m.- 9p.m.
4th New Year's Market will last from 27 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. from 10a.m.- 7p.m.
To keep traditions and customs alive there were presented various decorations, traditional handicrafts, food and drink( gluhwein-mulled wine-glogg and punch), children programmes to keep the visitors occupied. St. Claus visited market and give out the presents to the children while they sang the event's songs on 5th-6th December. For the musical X-mas mood took care brass bands, gospel groups and choirs.
I grew up with rock n' roll and it's my music and culture. Beatles for me were a bit corny, the more I like some "wild" guys; Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, Animals, J. Hendeix, Cream, CCR...... and then came Pink Floyd, perhaps the best rock band in the history. Whenever I'm tired or listless and even frustrated, listening to the music of Pink Floyd helps me to relax and lift my mood.
Poster for Roger Waters concert in Vienna came as ordered, I sat down on the bench opposite the poster and heard "Mother", which is always recorded in my android.
Place where I live (Vilnius) is quite known for good quality water (even it is already in mineral water category, we drink it from tap). I think Vienna has the same, anyway, one more great thing, that I loved, is water - machines (or how to name it) in Vienna central streets.
You can drink water just in the street. Without any fees or so.
Public city parks are places where artists like to exhibit their sculptures, improving the whole area and making it more beautiful. Park visitors should admire work of art, or if not, at least ignoring them. Some visitors, and it is very obvious, have totally different ideas about the purpose of sculptures in public areas.
On the first monument there are visible remnants of the night party, such as food, beverage and even part of the clothing. Whoever did it, have demonstrated extreme primitivism and lack of manners.
Vienna Promenade, which stretches along the Danube Canal, is a popular promenate and gathering place of idle Viennese. The canal is embanked and except for the walk there are still many small bars. At several points of the bank there is a small "riviera", oasis with sand and deck chairs where people can enjoy sunbathing. In another section there is a small exhibition space displaying posters, graffiti and other street creations.
Let’s make no secret of it. I do like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer I like, which reflects my particular taste of having a beer. In Austria it was sometimes rather difficult. I found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Gösser Märzen.
Göss’s brewing history goes back 1,000 years: Beer has been brewed in the Styrian convent Göss since 1020. Back then beer brewing was reserved for women – this may perhaps be one reason why it has such appeal to the stronger sex ...? Today the Göss brewery is one of the most modern in Austria. I liked this Gösser Märzen, because its is a light coloured Lager beer and has a mild aroma of malt and a refreshingly dry flavour derived from the balanced addition of the hops.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in Austria is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to Austria with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.
There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.
Outlets in Austria generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.
However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.
For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.
You may well be surprised at the places you come across people with their dogs.
As dog lovers we didn't have a problem with it, as the dogs were well-behaved, but we were certainly surprised to see them in shops, including food outlets.
Viennese pastries are so famous, the word "viennoiseries" was expressely invented to refer to pastries made in Vienna. These include a wide variety of croissants, strudels, brioches, etc. These pastries are widely available all over the city, whether it be at local bakeries or local chains such as Anker or Cafe Der Mann. The one thing all these bakeries have in common is a wide selection of fresh bakeries and freshly brewed coffee. It seems to be the habit in Vienna to pick up breakfast at one of these places in the morning, and so during our week-long stay in the city we immitated the locals and grabbed a delicously sweet (and inexpensive) breakfast every morning. We even grabbed lunch there (usually sandwiches) on more than once occasion.
Just like I couldn't resist the urge to buy a hot dog from one of the street vendors in NYC, I also had to get one from one of the würstelstands in Vienna. These hot dog stands are usually located in the middle of pedestian streets and offer a wide selection of sausages. There are small tables where customers can set their drinks (soft drinks or beer) while chumping on their snack before going about the rest of their day. It once again makes for a very good and inexpensive lunch!
Just imagine, you ask a person from Vienna, which station to leave the tramway in order to get to the Opera...
" Get out the NEXT station " will mean, the 2nd station from now, when the tramway is still moving.
People from Vienna have that way of counting:
the 1st station from now is " this station coming now "
and the 2nd station is the NEXT
Somehow very easy, IF you just know about it !
On my pic : Schoenbrunn castle seen from Gloriette
The Viennese love their dogs! They are allowed to come into shops, shopping centres, the U-bahn and other transport, coffeeshops, restaurants, everywhere! Some people do not clean after their doggie doo though so while looking at the sights keep one eye on the pavement!
When you walk along the main streets you'll notice how many people are trying to make some money by street art. Some of them are playing music, others are dancing, some just stand like an inanimate objects with coloured faces and bodies, others paint and so on and so on. If you have time to look at them and listen to them you'll find how much culture and spirit comes from these people. Just drop few cents in their hats and they'll be the luckiest people while you enjoy their art.
Vienna is capital of Austria and Austrians, but at the same time it is town which belongs to the world aswell. Apart from its beauty, culture and art it is seat of many important UN accotiations, trade organisations and human rights institutions which belongs to the world. For a very long time, Vienna is place where East is meeting West, and vice versa, where different cultures and religions live in a harmony, side by side. Vienna is tolerant and hospitable, a place where one could feel comfortable wheter wearing suit, jeans or hijab. It is cosmopolitane sity by all means.
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