Postcards from... Vienna (Austria)

April 29, 2017  •  3 Comments

Spending a couple days in Vienna for work this week, I managed to take a bit of time to walk around and discover…

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The city is literally dominated by its historical buildings, and in particular the 12th century Saint Stephen’s cathedral.

Vienna 2017 - 01Vienna 2017 - 01Vienna is literally dominated by its historical buildings, and in particular the 12th century Saint Stephen’s cathedral.

Unsurprisingly, the view from its towers are breathtaking…

Vienna 2017 - 02Vienna 2017 - 02Unsurprisingly, the views from its towers are breathtaking… Vienna 2017 - 03Vienna 2017 - 03Unsurprisingly, the views from its towers are breathtaking…

…and the 343 steep spiral stone steps of the North tower take a toll, literally knocking the breath out of even the youngest visitors…

Vienna 2017 - 04Vienna 2017 - 04…and the 343 narrow steep spiral stone steps of the North tower take a toll, literally knocking the breath out of even the youngest visitors…

The interior is quite grandiose as well. At the moment (April 2017), the cathedral hosts an art project by Victoria Coeln.

The effect is striking, both visually and symbolically, especially in the current global political climate… I find the notions of veiling historic Christian icons and of using survival blankets to do it both highly provocative and somewhat fitting the present times.

Vienna 2017 - 05Vienna 2017 - 05The interior is quite grandiose as well. Vienna 2017 - 06Vienna 2017 - 06At the moment (April 2017), the cathedral hosts an art project by Victoria Coeln.
The effect is striking, both visually and symbolically, especially in the current global political climate… I find the notions of veiling historic Christian icons and of using survival blankets to do it both highly provocative and somewhat fitting the present times.

A bit further out, even ducks go for a stroll to enjoy the warm Spring evening…

Vienna 2017 - 07Vienna 2017 - 07A bit further out, even ducks go for a stroll to enjoy the warm Spring evening…

… and I’m not the only visitor into photography.

Vienna 2017 - 08Vienna 2017 - 08… and I’m not the only visitor into photography.

The Viennese monumental architecture can be a bit intimidating…

Vienna 2017 - 09Vienna 2017 - 09The Viennese monumental architecture can be a bit intimidating…

And occasionally even violent.

Vienna 2017 - 10Vienna 2017 - 10And occasionally even violent.

Even though some locals may appear guarded…

Vienna 2017 - 11Vienna 2017 - 11Although some locals may appear a bit "guarded"...

… most are friendly ….

Vienna 2017 - 12Vienna 2017 - 12… most are friendly …

… and you’ll find some on the wild side as well, even right next to the palaces ….

Vienna 2017 - 13Vienna 2017 - 13… and you’ll find some on the wild side as well, even right next to the palaces …

… or on the banks of the not-so-blue Danube canals.

Vienna 2017 - 14Vienna 2017 - 14…. or on the banks of the not-so-blue Danube canals.

Might the gentle inner soul of the city be expressed by its traffic lights?

Vienna 2017 - 15Vienna 2017 - 15Might the gentle inner soul of the city be expressed by its traffic lights?

Signs of past tales abound. The Viennese Bailisk can be seen in many places. Half frog half rooster, and so ugly just looking at the beast would kill you. A clever baker reportedly eventually slayed him with… a mirror, enabling him to rescue the maiden…

Vienna 2017 - 16Vienna 2017 - 16Signs of past tales abound. The Viennese Bailisk can be seen in many places. Half frog half rooster, and so ugly just looking at the beast would kill you. A clever baker reportedly eventually slain him with… a mirror, enabling him to rescue the maiden…

In a blink, you can feel transported into a bygone era…

Vienna 2017 - 17Vienna 2017 - 17In a blink, you can feel transported into a bygone era…

… in which doing maintenance on your engine had a whole different meaning …

Vienna 2017 - 18Vienna 2017 - 18… in which doing maintenance on your engine had a whole different meaning …

…. But times have changed, and so have rides!

Vienna 2017 - 19Vienna 2017 - 19…. But times have changed, and so have rides!

Projecting ourselves further forward makes for interesting contrasts😊

Vienna 2017 - 20Vienna 2017 - 20Projecting ourselves further forward makes for interesting contrasts.

Incidentally, “brand safety” issues are not exclusively online: one could question the desirability of Samsung’s outdoor placement on Vienna’s Votive Church:

Vienna 2017 - 21Vienna 2017 - 21Incidentally, “brand safety” issues are not exclusively online: one could question the desirability of Samsung’s outdoor placement on Vienna’s Votive Church:

Not all Viennese architecture is austere. If you look hard enough, you can find Gaudi-esque creative expressions, like the “nature and human-friendly” Hundertwasserhaus.

Vienna 2017 - 22Vienna 2017 - 22Not all Viennese architecture is austere. If you look hard enough, you can find Gaudi-esque creative expressions, like the “nature and human-friendly” Hundertwasserhaus.

Hey, it’s even dog friendly.

Vienna 2017 - 23Vienna 2017 - 23Hey, it’s even dog friendly.

5am, Vienna wakes up after a freezing cold, rainy night, and I must run to catch my flight home….

Vienna 2017 - 24Vienna 2017 - 245am, Vienna wakes up after a freezing cold, rainy night, and I must run to catch my flight home….

At the airport, I am clearly not the only one finding the early rise rather brutal…

Vienna 2017 - 25Vienna 2017 - 25At the airport, I am clearly not the only one finding the early rise rather brutal…

You liked this? Give me feedback in the comments, and check out my other "postcard" series from my travels around the world!

Thank you for reading,

Didier.


Comments

Alison Browning
Fabulous. You really captured the soul and atmosphere of the city and its people. I felt transported there, as though I was also sharing those intimate moments of connection with Vienna, its history and current vibe. Bravo!
Kriti(non-registered)
Wow Didier! We always used to talk about finding the story behind the numbers... and here you've knit such a beautiful story around your photographs too!
biancamaria(non-registered)
Bravo Didier, vraiment aimé ta carte postalede Vienna!
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