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Yesterday, I spent a great day in the city of Linz. After walking around for most of day in very cold April weather (one of those days), I tagged along with my friend to the OK Kulturhaus in the city center for the opening of the six-day long film festival Crossing Europe.

Press accreditation and information room for guests

Most Austrians are familiar with the annual film festival Viennale. It draws a public from all around the world and goes on for one month. A smaller version of the Viennale, and perhaps a bit less known, is Crossing Europe.

(sponsored by Silhouette)

This year is the festival’s eighth year, but the genre stays the same, devoted to idiosyncratic, contemporary and socio-political auteur cinema from Europe.

Guests of the film industry (nearly 600 accredited festival participants) and the local cinema audience are able to choose from a program with 130 hand-picked films, documentaries and short films.

Linz views

The opening night was filled to the brim with the press, photographers and other guests, being welcomed to the program, the jury and the guest of honor, Austrian film producer gone Hollywood, Eric Pleskow. He is the former president of United Artists and Orion Pictures, and during the hight of his career the film One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest (1976) under the ownership of United Artists, won an Oscar.

Eric Pleskow (sitting) is greeted by a very (and I mean very) excited event organizer

Before the first screening of the festival, the co-organizer OK Kulturhaus invited guests to enjoy the traditional Austrian meal knödel and sauerkraut and a cold beer to splash it down.

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It’s Thursday — hope the week is going well for everybody!

Often we head down to Naschmarkt in the evenings after work. It’s an open-air market where we usually food shop, and occasionally stop for a glass of wine. This being somewhat of a necessity after the 25-minute train-ride — yes, I’m being slightly facetious.

We live next door, which is not to say that the atmosphere has become dull and monotonous, rather that we find it comforting and nigh. It’s old-worldy, too! Check out the brass bar stool in the background below.

As we passed one of our favorite wine-vendors, the owner called to us to try a new wine!

This week he’s serving a fresh 2010 Grüner Veltliner — young and… — and we were more than delighted to be tasting it while hanging out in the evening sun!

The weather this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous in Vienna — high of 22° C — so there will be plenty of hangin’ around outdoors.

Our good friends, Allison and Florian, are getting married. I was asked if I would like to join them to visit a wedding photographer named Stephan Rauch — nick named “the happiness catcher” — who was having an open house.

As an aspiring photographer, I have been contemplating what it would be like to photograph weddings for a living. I admit, I have a little ways to go.

What we encountered were some stunning images, and as one might suspect, we were bombarded by ever-joyous moments and faces, from every corner of the world.

But almost more inspiring than the photography itself was the way the space engaged you: high ceilings and enormous windows, all the while being surrounded by large images projected on the walls.

There aren’t many things better than a birthday brunch!

The atmosphere in this small breakfast joint, called as is in the title, can tend to be quite popular amongst students of industrial design, fashion and those taking interest in alternative lifestyles and sustainable choices. In fact, it reminds me of my hometown, Portland, Oregon, where a place like this is common place.

It’s not uncommon to show up and have to wait; it isn’t just that there are only nine two-person tables and two staff, but that they don’t take reservations, either. As problematic as this may seem, the wait is well worth it.

The menu offers a wide selection of funky versions of traditional breakfasts, including a selection of vegetarian choices.

This is by far one of my favorite little breakfast/brunch places in Vienna. What about you? What kind of atmosphere do you prefer?

Happy Monday!

I know many of you dread the start of the work week… or at least grumble a small amount as you reach to snooze the alarm. You’re not alone, though this morning we’ve decided to share some of the fun we find in our commute, and want to ask you to share yours with us.

We’re also planning a revamp, re-style of our blog, and we’ll be sure to let you know how it’s developing.

What are your plans for the week? What are you excited about?

I love to watch people and changing fashions in a big city — or at any place for that matter — Vienna, Stockholm, New York. I appreciate different styles that inspire and that I think look great. I look at whole outfits and how they are put together, but notice the abstract concepts of color, proportion, pattern mixing or mixed genres, as well.

Here we were at Zentralfriedhof outside Vienna; a beautiful, open space for a rather freezing cold day. There wasn’t too much foot traffic, but the people watching proved fascinating…

Laid back, comfortable — with an individual touch — is usually the style I’m inclined to the most. Today: a peacoat, warm socks and boots, with a dash of color.

My next goal is to find a cool pair of rimmed glasses.