Donnerstag, 24. Dezember 2015

Vienna Christmas Magic

The last four days I spent in Vienna on a pre-christmas visit with my delightful brother.

We hadn't made many plans apart from buying concert tickets to the Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Musikverein. It was very festive and amazing!

Then we had a hot drink at the market. I decided to give the mulled wine a miss as it doesn't agree with me, but I can wholly recommend hot orange juice with spices.

Apart from that we had Schnitzel and Palatschinken and of course: Kaiserschmarrn!

We visited Castle Schönbrunn for a walk and a Kir Royal at the Gloriette.

We went to the Prater for a ride with the Giant Ferris Wheel.

And to the Albertina museum to see some art.

Our hotel, the Hotel Alma,  is small and quiet and beautifully located near the city centre. Only 5 minutes walk from the Stephansdom and close to the river.

I reckon Vienna is well worth a visit no matter what season but it sure knows how to decorate for Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Samstag, 19. Dezember 2015

Wonky December

This has been a really strange December and the past three weeks I’ve found myself in a terrible slump.  At the office I’ve been very busy and at the same time felt the days stretch ahead like chewing gum.
I tried to pull myself out of it with a visit to the wonderful Christmas market at the Wasmeier Farmhouse Museum and enjoyed spending time with my sister, deeply inhaling the clear alpine air and every food and drink that came into my vicinity.

This week found me at the Hypokunsthalle again, visiting the exceptional Gaultier exhibition. I can’t say that I am a fan of Haute Couture but I am deeply in awe of his creative genius and phantasmogastic costumes.

Dowager Countess of Grantham, can you see it?

Gotta love denim!



I’ve already penciled in the next exhibition, a retrospective of the Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla, on show between March and July.

Now that I have shut the office door behind me for the final time this year, I can hopefully switch off completely and find my inner Christmas elf.
There’s still a ton of presents to wrap and a suitcase to pack, cookies to bake,  a concert to go to and then a flight to board. 

Most of all, I am looking forward to the magic of New Years Day and the promise of new beginnings and opportunities, leaving tears and heartache behind.

 A Merry Christmas to all my readers!