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At some point during the winter, everybody gets antsy. Part of it can be tracked back to the post-December holiday syndrome, while often times it’s simply due to the overwhelming amount of gray – from gray skies and cityscapes, to the increasingly monotonous gray-tone inspired wardrobe.

Hence the creeping travel bug.

But what to do about it? Scope out some travel options and make plans, even if it’s only for a weekend trip… and of course it’s always helpful to revisit photographs from previous trips.

Spring in Barcelona is remarkable. While the Mediterranean may not be quite warm enough to take a dip (though last year one friend from Boston managed), the breeze is warm, and the colors replenish your spirit.

Do you have any travel plans?


This is what November is looking like here in Vienna.

This weekend: Listening to the radio and enjoying crêpes at a favorite brunch spot: home (there is a sweet place on our street however; The Breakfast Club).  People watching and window shopping at Naschmarkt and Mariahilferstrasse. Looking for more signs of how autumn will progress. Playing with our cameras. Walking a lot. Biking for miles to enjoy a delicious meal of farmer’s goulash.

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!

Blankets and napkins in the color of summer. Bread and cheese, oven-baked salmon, pasta salad and locally made wine purchased at the farmer’s market. It was a warm summer night and we stayed way past the dark had set in.

Thank you to good friends.

We finally made it to our favorite flower girl and her stall at Naschmarkt (naschen in German means to nibble — isn’t that great?). The daylight was gray, but it made the colors of the flowers appear so much brighter. Sunflowers and lilies, roses and daisies… then you have the bushes and shrubs and foliage to accompany — pretty much all you could ask for, from this perfect little stall.

The stall is located at the farmer’s-market-end of Naschmarkt (Kettenbrückengasse), next to the vendor with the crates of apples and pears who makes sure to leave between noon and 1pm (and for some reason we always manage to get there just at 1:05pm…).  The other flower vendor at the farmer’s market is dull in comparison to “our” flower stall, but a good backup for weekdays are the two stands (owned by the same couple) between Schleifmühlgasse and the Secession.


Details… The choice this time was autumn red and yellow flowers …


The spread.


Love to talk flowers …

Today is Monday and we’ve survived a zombie-Halloween weekend. The flower girl has long since gone away, yet the flowers from the market are a nice contribution to the living room table.

By the way, we’re looking for a toasty blanket to cosy up in now that the chilly weather is here. One or two for the living room, and one for the bedroom. If you have any ideas of where to get a wool (or otherwise) blanket in Vienner, let us know.