Pictures of Tokyo and Yokohama

We were just so excited to finally leave for Japan but the days we actually spend there went by so fast, the two weeks felt just like a few days. This city is really huge and we still have so much to explore for future trips! We vowed to come back in a few years time and even though we plan on exploring more of the kansai region in Japan, we want to return to Tokyo again.
Enough talk, now to the pictures! :)

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You may have noticed that I did not post any food pictures. Those will be featured in my next post, to not make this post too long.
I just loved our trip and exploring Tokyo in a slow pace. We got to meet lots of friendly people and learned a lot about Japan but also ourselves. Oh, I wish I could have taken one of those modern toilets home with me haha

National Park Donau Auen

It already has been a very long wish for me to visit a national park in Austria and thanks to Igersvienna (an instagram group) I finally had the chance to visit one.

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The national park Donau Auen is the nearest to Vienna and definitely worth a visit even though there are no impressive mountain tops, you get to see (nearly) untouched nature by boat and do some work-out with your arms while paddling along the river ;)

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We got there with a rented van and it is definitely easier to go there by car than take the public transport (which I am not even sure is an option..)

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The park rangers told us lots of interesting information about the park and its inhabitants.I won’t get too much into detail here because you should hear it for yourself when you are there :)

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We got to see lots of (water)birds and even a turtle could not be disturbed by us and seemed to enjoy two boats full of people snapping picture after picture.

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I loved the view, especially when you glide by Hainburgh an der Donau which is really photogenic and such a cute town.

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The tour is definitely something many people would enjoy, especially kids so for summer, this is definitely an activity for the whole family.
My smile is not lying! :D

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Blooming Portraits

All the blossoms have vanished already and made space for the lush green that is taking over Vienna again. The temperatures are gradually getting warmer and I really am looking forward to the great weather.

I had the photo shooting with another blogger Agata, here Photography site can be found here and her blog here.

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I asked my friends over facebook what picture they liked the most and apparently it is this one with the magnolias. Not the one I would have chosen if I am being honest!

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As you may know I love the Japanese garden and am way more comfortable behind the camera but Agata did a really good job and managed to capture me in moments where I did not look super awkward.

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This is one of my favourites and it feels a lot more like spring than the other one.

Do you have a favourite picture? :)

 

 

Magical Theme for March: shapes and figures

Since it is spring and sunshine makes me go adventuring outside, I decided to search for shapes and figures in nature.

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We spend a lot of time in front of a screen nowadays. Not just on a pc/laptop but also on the mobile phone.

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I started to read more novels again, especially while enjoying the warm rays of sun outside and wanted to give you a book recommendation.

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The book is written by Dave Eggers and is called “The Circle”.
It is about a world similar to ours and the protagonist, Mae and how she changes due to technology. In this dystopian novel, the internet has undergone a change and all those individual profiles on different pages we know, have melted into one single profile for a person on the internet and how transfixed people become on their online presence and by connecting online, that they forget to live in the actual world. It made me enjoy nature even more!
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The only thing that I did not like is how flat the characters seem but the book definitely made me more wary of the internet, the data we leave behind and the time we spend or waste.
Have you heard of the novel? I always love to read dystopian novels so suggestions are very welcome :)

Magical Theme for February: Structure and Rhythm

For this month’s challenge I wanted to change things up and did not want to resort too much on architectural photography since I did that last time already.

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After giving it a quick thought, I recognized that nature would be perfect for this.
There is so much structure and rhythm all around us, in the plants, trees and even our food.

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February’s interpretation is a bit more abstract but it also fits to my personal monthly theme of minimalism, so I thought it would be a great combination.

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I am already super excited for March since it is my birth month and spring seems nearer already – yay!

12 magical themes for 2016

Paleica is a dear photographer blogger with stunning pictures and she had the lovely idea of a photography project. Every month, she would set a theme and fellow bloggers would post their interpretation and pictures of that specific theme. This months theme are: signs and fonts.

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I just included the pictures I took for this month since I want to actively go out for the theme and avoid using pictures from my hard drive.

In case you are interested, you are more than welcome to join and information can be found on Paleicas page (it is in German but easily translated with Google translator :))

Markterei in der alten Postfiliale

Markterei is a great place for small local shop owners to sell their regional goods and it moved from Badesschiff to Magdas Hotel and is now in the old post building near Schwedenplatz.
I have already written about Markterei last year in October and December in case it sounds familiar ;)

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There were some sellers I knew already but I saw lots of new goods and best of all, I had lots of yummy food!

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The highlight of my evening was raclette. I love cheese and it is even better when it is molten!

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So so yummy, I could have this everyday!

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Next was a holy moly hot dog from kimbodogs with guacamole, bacon and caramelized onions. They have so many interesting options, it was really hard to choose just one hot dog! You also have the option of upgrading your sausage to kangaroo for 1€.

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For dessert I had pistachio ice-cream from Leones Gelato. It was super creamy yet felt really light, I wonder how they produce it.

In case you don’t have all your Christmas presents already like me, it is the perfect place to find something for your food lover or just yourself :)

Margareten

Since I moved in summer I call the 5th district which Viennese call Margareten, my (new) home.
It is traditionally a district for working people and has still low rent prices yet is very near to Naschmarkt and kinda in between the inner district and Schönbrunn.

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Funfact, the 5th district has the highest numbers of Gemeindewohnung. Those are specially built by the government and have the advantage of being lot cheaper than normal flats. They are often boring-looking and brown but sometimes you spot cute mosaics on them.
I could do another post about the mosaics but I am not that tempted to go outside in the cold and wander about when I can curl up in front of the heater ;)

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Depending on when they were built, some are a lot nicer than others and Reumannhof is often named to be one of the nicest.
It is a rough beauty with a hidden charm for me.

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I still miss the fresher air I had over the Danube but living in the city is just so much more convenient.

Last Autumn days

The weather was surprisingly warm for Autumn and I can’t recall this season to have been that dry and filled with blue skies. Perfect for enjoying those last sun rays and splashes of colour before boring old winter is coming back ;)

Here are some impressions in that order of :Volksgarten in the inner district of Vienna, Donaupark and the vineyards in Stammersdorf, on the outskirts of Vienna.

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I love the orange colour of the Buddhist monks and how it matches the trees :)

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Most of the cellars at Stammersdorf seemed really old and abandoned.  Guess it is too much work for most of the families.

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The meteorologists have stated the end for those sunny days and  I guess we have to go back to heating our flat again.
At least we have the money to heat and a roof on top of our heads compared to other people so I don’t really want to complain here.

Autumnal Augarten

The Augarten is located in the second district in Vienna and is home to the famous Augarten Porcelain.

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The famous Wiener Sängerknaben have their concert hall right next to the park.

It was not really one of the parks I would visit often, to me it is not that spectacular or impressiv.
Well, besides the big Flakturm, the big and massive grey building in the background is still here from the second world war.

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In this picture you can even see the tip of the Fernwärme, which provides heat and warm water to many households in Vienna.

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Mostly the people are jogging or walking their dog, but in summer you can come here with friends to have a good time.

I do love the autumn look it has at the moment and the cute vegetable garden I saw while going to the park.

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