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This weekend I experienced my first cold, strong autumn wind.

It was so strong, I had to lean into it and wait for it to subside before I could continue walking.

Moving, tall grass

It had rained all night

The smell of the earth

One beautiful color of autumn

Wild apples left behind

Vines growing wild

Walking alone, I could hear myself breath, and think. I love feeling the skies and the change in the air.

The season is changing into autumn and autumnal equinox has just passed us by.

I am looking forward to deep colors and to feel the crispness that is so common in the autumns I’ve lived.

Because of certain events in my life lately, I think about this change of season as a new start. With each new season, there is the possibility to stop and think and to focus on the good things in life. I like to explore, to see and to experience life in its fullest. And I am looking forward to spend a whole day outside and come home exhausted from the autumn air.

Photograph courtesy of unido.

A friend recently told me about her tomatoes.  She was surprised to find that even without watering, they grew. Momentum is awe some.

Hope everybody has great weekend!

The Flohmarkt spans the parking lot adjacent to Vienna’s Naschmarkt every Saturday morning and afternoon. On the multiple vendor tables, marketgoers find a plethora of antiques and a few bargain-priced castaways.

Some popular items include traditional hats, aged leather clothing, retro toys, and a wide array of furniture and home decor articles. Other items are books, clothes, records, ancient electrical goods, old postcards, ornaments, carpets and quite frankly, more than could ever be mentioned here – including what many would consider junk.

Tools, porcelain decorations and a clock

New and old hotel soaps from all over the world.

Some of the stuff that appears on these blankets is downright curious. One should also note that the dealers are usually prepared to haggle, and we encourage it.

Hope you had a nice weekend!

What a lovely weekend it has turned out to be. We had yesterday, Friday, off work, and ended up doing all our productive errands, so today we just ended up chilling around Naschmarkt and perusing strange items at the flea-market there.

On our way around the market, we noticed this lovely gathering of people eating – both in establishment and otherwise – and listening to jazz music from an unknown source. It was quite lovely, so we joined for a falafel wrap.

New amateur graffiti that caught my eye and made me smile. Perhaps “Meet here” would be an appropriate title.

It is cold and rainy in Vienna at the moment. We are also very busy with work, but here are some bright images from the archives, the colors and places do most of the talking from this trip down Memory Lane.

Red Play-doh creation

White coming home

Caught by a summer rainstorm in gray hues

Turquoise Buddhist burial site

Pink wig at autumn harvest festivities

So fresh and so green after rain

Bare skin on the sidewalk on a spring afternoon

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We are lucky to have Naschmarkt right around the corner from where we live. Located at the Wienzeile over what used to be a river, it is about 1,5 kilometers long. The market has existed since the 16th century and every Saturday it extends further down the Wienzeile, where a flea market takes place. It takes a while to get used to, but it’s closed on Sundays.

Not only does Naschmarkt have amazing fruits and vegetables throughout the week, but they also sell breads, honey, sauces, eggs, cheeses, meats, hummus, herbs and yogurts… and sauerkraut! There are also a lot of small restaurants which offer kebab, sushi, fish, seafood, traditional Viennese food, and stalls which offer clothes and accessories. I am talking pretty much everything…

Here are pictures from our brisk and sunny Saturday afternoon at the farmer’s market.

Edible flowers.

Plums are in season. Aren’t the ones above gorgeous little jewels? We’ve already eaten them all…

Later in the day it is possible to negotiate a better price

One thing we love about any farmer’s market is seeing all the beautiful colors and textures.

My tote could barely handle the weight

Well, welcome back to the working week, and we hope you’ve all had a nice weekend!

Fresh from the farmer’s market today…

Some images from the market to come…

A few nights ago, when it was still in the warmth of summer, we went out for dinner. Well, we often go out for dinner but this night in particular, it was a last minute decision. We ended up at Kunsthalle Café, which is a restaurant in the front, with a sprawling outdoor patio that spills onto the lawn, plus a gallery in the back.

The atmosphere rings simple, refined, artsy. There are DJs every evening, and the food’s good too. Especially the burger, they say. (The kicker is the mango chutney, but that’s another story). A specialty non-alcoholic drink is fresh ginger-infused lemonade – served in a large carafe with mint leaves. You almost can’t go wrong with just that, except the mood chills you out and often is inviting for an all around affordable (and quality) glass of wine, beer, or cocktail.

The outdoor seating is quite nice. Not just nice, but really lovely because they don’t close down at 11pm like so many other places in the hood. It isn’t surrounded by residential buildings, so it’ll stay open late into the night.

If summer show itself again this year, take in the art, then listen to the DJ spinning as the sun sets over Vienna. If it doesn’t, I’m sure there will be plenty going on in the cool, sunny autumn evenings.

We walk or bike around in Vienna every day. The Austrian capital has 23 districts, structured in a circle, kind of like a snail. What comes to mind is that there are no houses in the city, but mostly old-world apartment buildings with large, heavy entry doors. Most districts have a real neighborhood feel with small shops, schools and many cute places to eat, although some are more residential than others. There are no large parking lots either. But parking garages underground, or street parking, usually available. Here are some images and impressions from the 4th and 5th districts, called Wieden and Margareten.  And by the way, today is a rather cold day, due to a brisk wind. It is September 1st and it really feels like fall. Hope you are having a good middle of the week.

Not to forget: you should heart yourself too.