Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik

My hotel choice in DUBROVNIK

Dubrovnik is not the place, where you stay, when you are up for a City Trip bargain. The hottest place on the Adria combines history, magic and exquisite hospitality. There are hotels and than there is THE one Hotel. The Adriatic Luxury Hotel Group operates the finest individual luxury hotels in Dubrovnik and it is safe to say that the Hotel Excelsior is the choice you would make, if you are up for the perfect holiday.

My hotel choice in DUBROVNIK

 

Opened in 1913, the Excelsior has become an iconic landmark in Dubrovnik and was recognised as one of the finest hotels in the Mediterranean by the Sunday Times. We couldn’t have been more happier with our choice to stay here. Its social role in both the past and present has made it a unique place. I have never been surrounded by so much discreet professional service. The impressive photo exhibition in the lobby displays hotel guests from Queen Elizabeth II to Richard Burton or Francis Ford Coppola.

My hotel choice in DUBROVNIK

More pictures, and why I think that the Hotel Excelsior is the best choice to make, when going to Dubrovnik, in the next

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My hotel choice in DUBROVNIK

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My hotel choice in DUBROVNIK

Main Station Vienna

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

One of the most amazing things in Vienna is the culture of architecture you are surrounded by when exploring the city. Buildings, hundreds of years old, in between green Parks. And then there are areas, which had their moments, but everyone is happy, when they are gone, like the 140 years old South Rail Station. I remember very well that this was a place where I don’t have one happy memory, when in the need of even crossing the place except the old lion sculpture. Maybe I wasn’t the only one, who felt that way, because this is literally the only old stone you will find at the new Central Station of Vienna.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Ten years of planing, three years of building. Vienna’s biggest construction zone is coming to an end and proudly opens the doors with a big two days Opening Party. 361 000 cubic meters of cement, 57 000 steel profiles made in Austria, and plenty of superlatives more were needed for the main station Vienna. I was fortunate to join the Instawalk a few days before the opening organized by Instagramers Vienna and the Austrian Federal Railways.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

The 10th and 3rd district are somehow not included in my daily environment. I visit the area occasionally in summer, when meeting friends at the terrace of the Hotel Daniel or the Sushi Restaurant Dots21 in the Museum of Contemporary Art (21er Haus).

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Last summer the place looked everything but to be finished in one year. Enormously large cranes everywhere.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

When I stepped out at the station this week, I stood there quite openmouthed. Clean, minimalistic, but friendly architecture welcomed me.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

I didn’t find one dark corner, just polished marble floors, glas, mirrors and many, many illuminated guideposts and signs.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

I barely could believe that the Schedule Scoreboard with 46 square meters is much bigger than my first flat was.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

It was very carefully planned that the area is also easily accessible barrier-free. The glas elevators are easy to find and there are many of them! Transparence everywhere.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

The concept to build a open area, where people find peace in comfort zones before depature as well as having the possibility to shop for every occasion in 90 shops, be it daily needs, food, gifts or an order in the Copyshop, turned out what you would call a friendly place, even if you have to deal with a size of 20 000 square meters.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

I like the idea of Food Courts, where everyone can choose from Fast Food over Coffee to organic food to his likings, but still meet together at one lounge area to have a meal together.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Many big companies are represented at the Centralstation. From a big supermarket to the small Organic Grocery Store. Everything combined under the most impressive 25 000 sqm. big rhombus roof, which is an absolute eye-catcher from above.

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

 

The best chance for seeing the entire station, neighborhood area and a 360 degrees view on Vienna would be to visit the Bahnorama:

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Bahnorama is a joint project of the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Railways. The information centre consists of a tower and the exhibition building, which will close the doors on December 31st, 2014. So be quick to take this opportunity. With its height of 66.72 metres, the tower is already visible from a great distance and is the highest walkable construction wooden tower in Europe. Two glass panorama lifts take you to the viewing platform. (read more: here)

Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

Vienna can be proud of the new place! Another massive project finished that makes Vienna an international attractive centre of modern architecture.

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Hauptbahnhof Wien, Mainstation

 

 

Thank You, Instagram

Thank You, Instagram

Thank You, Instagram

Austria is celebrating Thanksgiving (Erntedankfest) today. Thankful everyday for having a healthy daughter and a safe life, I want to take the opportunity to thank Instagram. Quite a jump, I know. Maybe you will understand a few lines later.

Thank You, Instagram

Yesterday was the opening party of the the world’s biggest Instagram photo collage with over 25 squaremeters filled with photos made by the Vienna Instagram community #Igersvienna. More than 1.000 Instagram photos with the hashtag #igersvienna were combined to a gigantic collage. (read more: here)

Thank You, Instagram

Everyone, who is familiar with my Citymemories-Work (here) and Paper Collages, knows how deeply I feel about putting pictures together to give them a new meaning and telling stories through pictures. I have been into that kind of world for about 25 years know. So I was truly caught emotionally, when I stood in front of the Instawall last night. (Sorry not to say hello to anyone, but I was diving just into the artwork.) And that’s why I am so thankful for Instagram.

Thank You, Instagram

When I chose a world far from glamorous and on the countryside in 2001, all my friends started to move to other cities and countries. Literally no one left, except two friends. Email was the only connection and occasional meetings once or twice a year. A lonesome ride in private communication and catching up. That all changed with the iPhone and upcoming Apps. We had the possibility to chat via FaceTime and iMessage with no extra costs and whenever we had a few minutes left, no matter where we were located physically. WiFi became our best friend. (Maybe that’s why I designed and printed this Rucksack, and use it whenever I leave town.)

when Your WiFi connectsSending pictures had its difficulties, because you never knew which workflow the recipient preferred or was able to manage with her or his devices. And then Instagram came, and was here to stay. After some time most of my friends on- and offline started to use this service and from one moment to the other I didn’t have the feeling anymore that I have no idea what my friends life was about. Sometimes a picture just says it all.

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Nobody (means zero) in my private life has anything to do with the world of Blogging or Social Media Marketing. Honestly, most of the people I know still think this is a true Nerd thing. So sending links from my blogs, Twitter whatever … would not make any sense than making myself a fool. This was different with Instagram, why ever. And so I was able to convince some of my closest friends to join the ride of the world of pictures to share our special moments. One example is a dear friend who constantly moved from one city to another. I just have our fixed Christmas date in Vienna every year, and most of the time of the last years I wasn’t able to catch up on a regular basis in which city she was working right now. So the obvious first question in every email was

In which city are you right now?

Thankfully that changed last year, when she settled in the North of Europe. But still, we can’t meet each other for a nice coffee break or shopping evening, or whatever you would do with your bestie. And now I am so proud of her, because she went from Zero to Hero in the square-pic world of Storytelling. Last week she posted a pic from her morning coffee just when I leaned back in my chair at the breakfast table with my cup and saw on my iPad her pic being just uploaded. NO, it is not the same like meeting in real life, but it is the best we can have. (Thank you, M for doing this, I know full well that this is not your world! XOXO)

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So buying an iPhone was never a matter of a statement to luxury. It was a possibility to catch up with true friends. That was the main basement of building and rebuilding my accounts. I started to group my interests in Instagram Accounts. Yes, I have more than one ;-) To be exact there are five at the moment. All private, all me and about my life or/and interests. These are my most used:

The newest two are built for a very small special interest group. Scarfies (@silkyside) and Collage-Fans (@travelcollage). Maybe that sounds a bit od when you first read it, but then again: Why should someone want to see how a knotted scarf looks like, if he is interested in cooking and new recipes? Would you feel comfortable seeing wet paint in a messy screen print studio in-between a photo gallery of fresh organic food? And many reasons more… just no SMM Campaign behind. Sorry, folks to disappoint you today ;-)

And that’s why I chose to thank Instagram this year on Thanksgiving. And for all the people out there who where constantly searching for THE reason, why I am not selling myself out for a few cents online in the last 8 years. This is my story.

Enjoy Life and your friends. Take Care.

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