Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Keepin' it clean

After taking a break from this blog, it's hard to remember to post photos when I have them. I was so glad I had my camera this day because who would believe it -- the city has workers who clean the traffic lights!

Clean city

Friday, May 8, 2009

Lunch in Melk

Lunch in Melk

I made my dad and sister pose for a photo before digging into their lunches. We had lunch at one of the restaurants on main street. The food was delicious and the prices were lower than what I was used to in Vienna. My mom and I had schnitzel, my sister and brother-in-law had cordon bleu and my dad had Bernerwurstel (sausage stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon).

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Downtown Melk


This seemed to be the main street in Melk, but since I only saw a small part of the city, who really knows. I love the way you can see the abbey standing above the other buildings.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Melk Abbey clock

Clock at Melk

I think the last time I visited the abbey at Melk this clock was covered by scaffolding. I'm not sure what the painting represents, but I find it intriguing. I love the yellow color of this building.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Stift Melk / Melk Abbey

Melk Abby

The day before my family left we took a day trip to see some of the surrounding area. Our first stop was Melk where we had a nice walk through town, a delicious meal and briefly visited the abbey shown above. We didn't have a lot of time (and were lacking energy by this point in the trip), so we didn't tour the abbey.

Monday, May 4, 2009




This sphinx is located across from the front of Schönbrunn Palace -- not to be confused with the better known sphinx of Belvedere Palace.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Gloriette at Schönbrunn

Gloriette at Schoenbrunn

I told my family that we were going to walk up to the Gloriette at Schönbrunn this year, but we were so tired and hungry by the time we got around to it I let them off the hook. This is a view of the fountain and the Gloriette from the Schönbrunn gardens.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Schönbrunn Palace


Here's where the wide angle lens comes in handy. With my old camera, I would have had to back up quite a bit more to fit the whole building in frame. Yes, I'm that lazy. Actually, I took another shot from further back, but I like this one better. I like the way it makes the walls look like they are tilted inwards.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Schönbrunn clock

Schoenbrunn clock

My parents brought me a new camera a few weeks ago when they visited (a belated Christmas gift). I have been thinking about getting a digital SLR for a couple of years, but when it came down to it I knew I would get much more use out of a point-and-shoot. I decided on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ4S mainly because of the 10x zoom with wide angle lens.

I've been quite pleased with it so far. The 10x zoom allowed me to get a nice photo of this statue of the double-headed eagle and a linear clock.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Nike and the Parliament building

Parliment building

This is one of the eight bronze quadrigas that sit atop the Parliament in Vienna. It is driven by Nike, the Greek goddess of victory.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Mythical handle

door handle

The elaborate nature of this door handle at the military museum caught me off guard and I had to snap a photo -- even though I hadn't purchased a photo pass. It was in the lobby, so I figured it was okay. :) You'll never guess what behind the door with such an ornate handle. The bathroom.

P.S. Anyone know what this creature is called?

Monday, April 20, 2009

Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliche Museum)

Military museum

My dad and brother-in-law spent an afternoon at the military history museum (Heeresgeschichtliche Museum) while my sister and I ran some errands. We met them back at the museum where I snapped this photo out front.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Entrance to Stadtpark u-bahn station

Stadtpark U-Bahn station

I love the old-fashioned style subway/u-bahn station. The station was originally built in 1899 as a train station. It was closed in 1918 and reopened in 1925 as a part of the city railway system (Wiener Stadtbahn). During the 1970s, the Stadtbahn was integrated into the u-bahn/subway system and became part of the U4 and U6 lines. Stadtpark station is part of the U4 line and is the only station on this line that remains mostly in it's original form.

Thursday, March 19, 2009



It's not unusual to see someone reading a book or magazine on the subway, but I've never noticed this before. I thought it was strange that this woman was holding her children so closely and then I saw that she was reading to them. When the seat across from them became available, I decided to sit down and snap a photo. I already had my camera in my hand and hopefully I looked like I was browsing the photos. I can't decide if this kid knew I was taking a photo or was just interested in the camera.