14.10.11

Nine Years in this Lovely City


Theresien gelb or Ocker, the Riesenrad, Mozart, Beethovan, Strauß, Stephansdom, Schönbrunn, Praterstern, Danube - some of the words that come to mind when one mentions Vienna. 

When I was new to blogging, I frequently joined City Daily Photos theme days held every 1st day of the month. The first theme I joined goes 'When people think of my City, they think of...'

I am republishing this piece from January 2008...it was intended for February 1 of the same year. 

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'When people think of my City, they think of...'

One; the famous Waltz, Blue Danube by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. The song originally has an accompanying lyrics but through the years, the instrumental (particularly the orchestral version) gained fame and is the most commonly used nowadays.

To hear the song please click here.

The lyrics of the song pertain to the Donau or Danube which is the longest river in the European Union that passes through several Central and Eastern European Capitals, one of which is Vienna. Part of the song lyrics goes:

Donau so blau, so schön und blau,durch Tal und Au wogst ruhig du hin,dich grüßt unser Wien, dein silbernes Band.knüpft Land an Land und fröhliche Herzen schlagen an deinem schönen Strand.

When translated:

Danube so blue, so bright and blue,through vale and field you flow so calm,our Vienna greets you, you silver stream through all the lands you merry the heart with your beautiful shores.

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Nine years into this beautiful city, today marks that ninth year. I was an eager 22-year-old full of positivity and excitement then. When I came, I asked hubby to "create" a website for me to showcase my photography. I intended to continue my craft - then, I left my precious Canon T60 back home knowing that I could get another camera --- it was when digital cameras were getting themselves known.

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(Oct 2002)

So this is one of my first photos around the city taken with an Olympus c100. :D Taken at the Gloriette. In nine years, hubby upgraded our gears and external hard disks to accomodate all the photos I'm taking.

 Here are some of the thousands of photos, some that I've already featured.

The Vienna Opera House taken from the Albertina's Mezzanine. October 2010

Back of the Schönbrunn Palace on an almost spring day. February 2011.

An odd winter afternoon at the Praterstern station with a view of the Riesenrad. January 2011.


Schönbrunn Gardens in Autumn. October 2010. 

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Summer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum/Art History Museum. July 2008

Almost Spring at the Danube River with my kids. March 2011

Mozart's Statue at the Burggarten. May 2011.

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Before I forget, people also think of Vienna sausage immediately when they hear 'Vienna.' It has been a common joke between my friends and I...'Hey bring me some vienna sausage when you come home.' Or 'How much does a can of vienna sausage cost there?' And many more. We don't have the canned sausages around but here are the sausages and cold cuts that we often buy. ^_^

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23 comments :

  1. Amazing photos, you are really good. I love the shots of the Vienna Opera House, the Palace,the train station and the gardens, no I love them all :), good job sis!!

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  2. The place and the pictures are just so captivating! I can't help but imagine myself there... I hope I can travel to your place with my kids someday...

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  3. congratulations. 9 yrs is a long time. aside from your family, what is the best thing you like about living in vienna?

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  4. gosh, you take amazing photos. i love your shot of the opera house. i thought it was a photo straight out of a travel magazine. you should submit your photos to a publication and get yourself published. sayang ang talent.

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  5. Great post and beautiful photos! I certainly want to visit Vienna soon! :D

    Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Wow! It's indeed a lovely city and you have nice shots. I like that glowing building.

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  7. would love to go there and visit those places, beautiful photos too...

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  8. beautiful beautiful pictures you have here... I heard Vienna is one of the most wonderful places to live. Love your blog.

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  9. Breathtaking photos! Vienna is on my bucket list. Wish to go there very soon :-)

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  10. beautiful place!
    I love the shot in garden in autumn

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  11. All i just said while looking at your photo's was"WOW!" Indeed a lovely place .you caprtured the place so beautifuly .Make me want to visit the there.

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  12. Eveything is beautiful. The photos, the story and the plot. I liked it. You,re really good. :)

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  13. Love your photos! I think you're very lucky because you have a chance to live in another country. I would like to do the same too someday. It's been my dream to travel extensively but I guess I need to save up first. :)

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  14. i love the autumn scene. and yesh, keep up the good work.

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  15. Vienna is one destination I have been dreaming to go and stay for a while. This is one great photos that you have.

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  16. wooooow!! I love the autumn view and would love to experience it one day. I only have been outside the country once and would love to tour around the world one day. But first thing's first, i have to travel the Philippines first. lol.

    Well, enjoy your stay there!

    cheers!

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  17. lovely pictures, nagutom ko sa last one.

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  18. Your so lucky to be there! I want to go there too someday...

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  19. wow! looking forward for another 9 years of blogging and photography. :-)

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  20. Wow! Now, Vienna is on my list of countries to visit. That was a very nice photo collage ... love it.

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  21. These shots are postcard perfect! And those sausages are just as enticing :) A visit to EU is part of my wishlist. I hope its still as beautiful when I get that chance. Looking forward to seeing Vienna more from your lens.

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  22. Great job, 9 years?! Oh my, it's probably a record breaking! Congratulations! So, this where the Vienna Sausage originated? I'm pretty sure, yung Vienna Sausage dyan, hindi parang harina na binabad sa tubig, gaya ng binabenta dito na nasa mga canned goods, hehehe! =)

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