I have always hear about how beautiful Vienna is. I have often been quite disappointed by cities that others had promised were so wonderful. This was not the case in Vienna. It is an absolutely stunning city. One of the must-see tourist sites and symbols of the city is the Prater Riesenrad (Prater is a large amusement park in the city, Riesenrad means Ferris wheel). It is one of the oldest, used to be the tallest, and is worth a trip around. The lighting at night against the metal structure produces some interesting patterns and I was excited to capture the color.
The mountains fascinate me. Majestic, powerful, foreboding, fun, beautiful – there are many ways to describe mountains. In 2013 I spent Easter weekend in the Bavarian Alps. I had previously only been there in the summer months, and it was (un)surprisingly a completely different world. The snow really changes the landscape and the mountains looked more beautiful than ever – when you could see them. It was cloudy most of the time, but the owner of the B&B said that if you drive through a certain pass to Grän, Austria, it would be less cloudy. She knew her microclimates because the mountains poked through the clouds and the sun did as well.
This is the creepiest photo I have ever taken. I considered posting it during oddities week, but then decided it would be a great Halloween picture. Clowns are often silly and fun, but at the same time can be very creepy. I vividly remember a mean clown coming to one of my early birthday parties.
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way you planned. After a wonderful two days in Graz, a flat tire and a public holiday got in the way of continuing the trip. While this meant we would not be able to spend as much time in our next destination, there was more time to explore Graz. One of the many beauties of Graz, Austria is Eggenberg Palace, and this was on the agenda for the extra day. The was built in the 1600’s. The palace is very beautiful inside, but the outside impressed me as well. The interesting patters the courtyard walls made, from the arches to the placement of the lamps, struck my eye.
Sitting on a small, upstairs balcony of a cafe in Graz, Austria, I really had time to relax and take in what was going on in the streets below. The cafe was near the river that runs through the city. In addition to the sounds of the river, the sounds of cars and streetcars from a major intersection mixed in. There was a small playground and a few parents were mingling while watching their children play. The bike in this picture really jumped out at me. The bushes and trees along the river were a seemingly uniform tone of green, as was the park. The blue and yellow of this bike stood out. To me, the colors made the bike appear fun, ready for an adventure. I am sure it has had many.