Find your Christmas Peace

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

Christmastime. For some of us a nightmare or even not worth thinking of. Not for me. I can’t wait to light the first candle on the advent wreath and open my first windows of my adventcalender. Yes! This is not a teenage blog, and I am not a child. But hey! Of course I want an adventcalender. (And fortunatley I got one!)

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

Same goes for the Adventweekends. I am lucky to live in Vienna, where some true Christmas magic happens every year. People from around the world travel across Europe to visit the Christmas markets, and I just have to leave the house and am in the middle of a dozen choices.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

I shared the impressions of the evening magic of the Belvedere Market in my last post (here). When I visited the market by daytime, I found some nice things, besides having a Kärntner lunch break with my daughter. I just couldn’t leave without one of the handmade leather bound journals with pages of old-looking hand-stitched paper and lined with linen.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

But admittedly a Christmasmarket in the dark is more romantic. Therefor I visit Schoenbrunn Palace on a regular basis.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

It is just more fun to have THE Sisi Punsch in the dark with sparkling lights around you.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

Schönbrunner Christkindelmarkt is all about food. Actually I never had something that tasted really bad. I just have a look at the stall and buy something freshly cooked.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

But when it comes to the hot drinks, I always come back to the Kaiserpfandl Stall. The blonde lady and her team really know how to make homemade sweet drinks. She is the one with the Sisi Punsch!

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

A first for me was the St.Stephens Cathedral Market.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

The atmosphere is beautiful, but the stalls are mostly not my cup of tea. 2 highlights: The Olive Wood stall and I found a Gourmet Punsch at the very back of the market, which was of great taste.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

I didn’t stay long, just for the hot drinks. Then I left to shop at a much more quiet place nearby: the Wollzeile. Probably my favorite shopping street in Vienna.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

But what, if I had to choose? What, if I had to decide to visit just one Adventmarket in Vienna? I would for a Short City Walk to Karlsplatz.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

The market is big, even huge. The shopping experience great. I think I could buy all Christmasgifts here, like the Butterlamp Candles for example,

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

… or Ceramic Gifts from Peter Leidl and one of a kind silver jewelry from Oliver Sven Simon.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

And I would know, that I wouldn’t leave the market hungry. No chance! The sweet sugared dough filled with jam has a name you can’t barely spell: Kiachl, but you won’t forget the taste! And the Fladen-Stall is probably the one with the longest waiting line, but hey! it’s Christmas time. So choose time and peace and have some down to earth food with your loved ones.

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

And last but not least a quote from Steve Jobs:

Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown out your inner voice. Have the courage to follow your Heart.

 

#WoVChristmasPeace

Christmasmarkets 2014 in Vienna

Christmastime in Vienna

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

It’s about that magical time in Vienna again. The Evenings, when the City turns into a fairy tale scenery, when you visit the Christmasmarkets. Holding a mug with hot mulled wine.

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

Having sweets from the various stalls

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

and wondering, if you should buy some neat Christmas decoration.

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

I had my first Christmas Magic Moment this season at the Belvedere Christmas Market.

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

Maybe a great combination would be to visit the Exhibition: Looking at Monet – The Great Impressionist and His Influence on Austrian Art (until Feb 8, 2015) in the Upper Belvedere (Daily 10 am – 6 pm) and then enjoy the illuminated palace.

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
1030 Vienna

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

BTW, the Belvederemuseum has a quite nice Instagram Account: here

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

Have a peaceful wintertime!

Christmastime in Vienna 2014

Museum Time: 2 Lives for Photography at Kunsthaus Wien

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

It’s cold outside! What is better than a museums visit?

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

I have to recommend a comprehensive retrospective: former Art Director from Harpers Bazaar Lillian Bassman and her husband Paul Himmel. What a creative couple these two people must have been.

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

Enjoy some quick snapshots (or should I call them Teaser?) from my visit at the KunstHaus Wien on the opening day. If you have a major interest in fashion and or photography, you should not miss to enjoy at least 1 hour in the museum this winter.

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

This must be one of my all time favorite photographies of all times. The reincarnation of the Botticelli Venus by Paul Himmel:

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective

Two Lives for Photography
Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel
until 8 February 2015
KUNST HAUS WIEN. Museum Hundertwasser
Untere Weissgerberstraße 13
1030 Vienna

daily 10AM-7PM
kunsthauswien.com
Two Lives for Photography - Kunsthaus Wien Retrospective