Enjoy your last few days of 2016 and make everyday count.
Ushering A Brand New Season – Winter comes with Christmas
The Fall is almost over and winter is kicking in. It is getting colder, and more gloomy. We must not allow what is happening in the atmosphere and around us to influence our inner feelings. We can choose to be joyful and enjoy every moment of winter like any other season inspite of everything.
One thing I like about Viennese, is that they know how to celebrate the coming of winter and Christimas just like any other season.
This weekend saw the opening of various Advent markets all over the city, although others had opened a week ago. We visited Rathaus and took some shots:
Trees which have ben stripped of their leaves; now clothed in bright lights. The effect the lighting system casts on objects and the dark background was spectacular!
There is different exhibition stands, ranging from housekeeping items, games, craft to food and drinks. The most popular stands are those selling warm punch – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. A great way of keeping visitors warm in the cold weather.
The best time to be outdoors these days in Vienna is after 2p:m till late (esp. if you need to take a story photgraphy. The photgrapher who inspires me is Leanne Cole. Click here to view her photos. Across the road tehre is thsis great theatre
It’s mid-summer in Austria, but of late there has been occasional thunderstorms. It has been raining mostly in the afternoons and at night.
When will real summer come once again? This is the question many have been asking themselves after the recent storms that left the Danube very high with murky waters that made swimming a health risk. However looking at yesterday’s weather forecast for the next few days, there is cause for swimmers, sunbathers and Spaziergang to rejoice.Starting from today, Thursday, tempearatures are expected to go beyond 30 degrees celsius.
Actually, looking through our kitchen window as I take a break from writing my book, ‘The Return of a Diaspora’, and sipping some mint tea, I can see lots of blue sky and the sunshine that we had so much missed in the last few days.
However, those who like going for walks or hiking up the mountains may leave raincoats and umbrellas at their peril. I say so from experience. On our last visit to Punkersdorf and the villages beyond it, last week, we were caught unawares in the rain and soaked to the skin. Forewarned is forewarned.
As fine weather can be short-lived here, let me leave this book writing business for later. Now, it’s time to go outside. The idea here is to get out as soon as one sees sunshine, otherwise the weather can suddenly change before one does so. Probably we shall visit Africa Africa, where they are show casing African paraphernalia, food, music, you name it. The spot is on the green near the Millenium City. Africa Africa programme will go on for two weeks and today it’s the sixth day, I think. Time allowing, we will go on to Rathaus, the city hall where a lot is also happening this summer. It is a colourful festival with an excellent atmosphere created by the big outdoor screen at the square outside the city hall. Those who loved classical plays, this is a place not to miss. There is also a wonderful selection of world food and drinks that are reasonably prized.
Walking around the Rathaus park can be soothing, with shady trees under which one can rest and enjoy nature. The gardens and palaces around the Rathaus offer breathtaking views. Who knows, I may capture panorama scenes with my new iPhone and post them later.
For now, enjoy the rest of your summer, get as much fresh air as possible whenever you can.
Scenes captured on camera during a family outing this weekend:
‘Summer is cheating’, is one phrase one hears as people retrieve coats and jackets from basements. They’d thrown them there a couple of weeks ago when temperatures were even hitting 26 degrees celcius. This weekend, starting as early as Wednesday they’d dipped down to 7 degrees – not so pleasant.
However, any hint of sunshine is enough to send all sundry out to breathe some fresh air after the long winter months and cool spring. Carrying umbrellas during this time is the norm in Austria; downpours are not uncommon during early summer.
One impressive place at present is the Prater amusement park:
Finally, the afternoon before the opening ceremony of the ‘Life Ball 2014’ at the City Hall Square. No, we did not attend, but were curious enough to take a few shots.
We finished the early summer scenes with canned Afro Ice coffee from a decorated mobile van, which I thought of photographying when we were a mile away from it. Next time I see it I promise to snap it.
Enjoy your summer.