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I am loving the Sunday morning feeling of having gotten up early, and having that first cup of joe.

Yesterday afternoon I had coffee with a dear friend at Naschmarkt, who pointed out this political statement hanging over our heads, literally. It must so often go unnoticed, perhaps a lot like the continuing movements in Northern Africa. Or are they?

from Naschmarkt, Vienna, Austria

I like the composition of this photograph, the depth and story, with the two men standing in the foreground – illuminated by the sun – in discussion with statement overhead.

Always interested in your thoughts. Hope everybody is having a nice weekend!

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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!

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.

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

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The spread.

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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.