Vienna Tweed Ride

Now that spring has finally arrived, Vienna is back to its colorful (cherry blossoms and tulips everywhere!) and lively self. In the next few weeks alone, there are so many events lined up, like the Street Kitchen Food Market on April 30 to May 1, the Genuss-Festival on May 8-10, the Life Ball on May 16, and the Eurovision Song Contest on May 18-23. I’m so excited!

The weather has been so great that I voluntarily decided to abandon my Netflix list and go out to visit some parks (Setagaya, Stadtpark, Schlosspark), the zoo, and some cafés I haven’t tried before. Though I will never regret staying home to watch Netflix (what is FOMO?), going out on a sunny day not only feels good, but it’s a perfect excuse to still wear my leather jacket (let’s face it, it’s not yet warm enough – it starts to get cold toward the evening).

Today it was a whopping wind-less 21 degrees Celsius, so my jacket got to stay home while I checked out the Vienna Tweed Ride. I read on their event page that their pit stop would be at Augarten, which is not that far away from me. I really like cycling and theme parties, and the Tweed Ride was on another level of awesomeness. There was music, champagne, scones, picnics, bicycles, and so much tweed. Dapper ladies and gents in tweed outfits I have only ever seen in movies were chatting and relaxing before riding to their finish line and after-party at WUK.

I had to get out of my comfort zone to ask if I could take these people’s photos, but they were incredibly nice and agreed. After all, their outfits are so gorgeous, they deserved to be snapped.

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This cute couple was a little shy

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two lads and a lady

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This adorable couple was really sweet. They’re also in the second photo, sitting on the bench

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dapper dudes

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I saw these two from afar – they looked amazing and had such a great energy

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Thursday inspiration {Graz}

Graz window

I went to Graz toward the end of summer last year, as a sort of last hurrah before it got cold and I’d be wishing for hibernation. There’s nothing like the discovery of a new place to inspire you. Luckily, Graz is equally charming, beautiful, and stimulating. I can’t wait to go back when it’s warm again. After all, it’s just a train ride away…

Wien Weekend Tip: Neubaugasse Flohmarkt!

If you’re free and in Vienna this weekend, go out and visit the Neubaugasse Flohmarkt! To me, Neubaugasse is like the hip younger sister of the main shopping street Mariahilferstrasse. Home to some of my usual haunts like Femosa, a store with the cutest stationery and home ware, salons Hauptsache and Yuki Tuyet Beauty Salon, the entire street turns into a huge fleamarket. It’s the most eclectic and colorful mix of old and new stuff at discounted prices.

Wear comfortable shoes – it’s a long street!

Neubaugasse Flohmarkt
September 26 – 27, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

the windows and doors of Graz

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I went on a day trip to Graz. Although I’ve never been, I heard and read that Graz, the second-largest city in Austria, is beautiful and charming (probably even more than Linz) and is a city of culinary delights. Not only was I impressed by the weather (a coincidence, I know, but Vienna’s summer ended really early and the sun has not been around for a while), the food, and the architecture, I was totally enchanted by its courtyards and the windows and doors. So beautiful.

windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

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windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

windows-doors-Graz

 

What details do you notice and love when you’re traveling?

Wien Weekend Tips

Yay, it’s the weekend and it’s warm again in Vienna! What are you up to? There’s a lot happening this weekend, so here are a few tips to help you decide!

Entertainment
Buskers Festival
The street performance scene in Vienna is so amazing. I swear, sometimes I feel like I’m in a movie when I’m walking in the first district and suddenly hear live classical music. So magical. Speaking of magic, the Buskers Festival has magicians on the program! There’s also dancers, musicians, comedians, acrobats, and graffiti artists. Happening this weekend, September 5-7, from 2 to 10 PM. Best of all, it’s free!

If you’re in a partying mood after the shows, hit up the After-Party at the TU.

Karlsplatz, 1010 Wien

Food
Genussmarkt im Stadtbiotop
Indulge your palate this weekend. Genussmarkt is a culinary festival of local, fresh, and organic food and products. I’ve been wanting to visit Stadtbiotop because they always have cool events, shops, and food in their containers.

Trabrennstraße 2, 1020 Wien

Shopping
Vitra Sample Sale
Eames and Panton chairs and other cult designer furniture at discounted prices? Umm, yes!

September 6, 10 AM – 5 PM

Vitra warehouse, Zwerchäckerweg 2, Gewerbepark Stadlau, 1220 Wien

Wien Weekend tip!

Wiener-RathausplatzIf you’re in Vienna this weekend, go to Rathausplatz if you like food, music, and films.

I went last week with my friend Dani. It was really hot, so I ordered maki called “Marilyn Monroll”  from a sushi place. We scarfed down our food (Dani got vegetarian Gyoza) and caught up. The opera shown in front of City Hall was great, but we spent more time chatting than listening.

If you like free entertainment, good food and open air events, the Rathausplatz Film Festival is for you (and me – you’ll probably find me there sipping an ice cold drink). Here’s what they have in store  in the next few days:

Saturday, 9:30 PM: Otello Ossia Il Moro Di Venezia
Sunday, 12:00 PM: Aquarius Jazzband
Sunday, 9:30 PM: The New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Monday, 9:30 PM: Gala Concert from Saint Petersburg
Tuesday, 9:30 PM: The Magic Flute
Wednesday, 9:30 PM: The Land of Smiles
Thursday, 9:30 PM: In Memoriam Lou Reed – Live at Montreux

Happy weekend!