Friday, October 30, 2009

sky watching day

Friday again? Amazing! Sky watching again. Oh, well, again... it's a way of saying. I'd rather say sky watching all the time. We are blessed with wonderful views in both our back and fron yards. These are the joys of living in the country. When we were living in the city I had no clue when the sun was up or down. And I also had no clue what beauty I was missing.
But now, let's share: the sunrise from my back yard, and the sunset from my front yard.
Happy Sky Watching!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Watery Wednesday in Rome

Fontana di Trevi was a kind of legend in my family: back in 1984, when comunism was still very strong in Romania, and the chances to leave the country for a holiday were almost impossible, my favourite aunt had the chance to travel to Italy, and from there to Portugal, and further on to Angola. She sent me a post card from Rome, with a wonderful sight: a fountain with amazing statues. When she returned she told me stories about the city. So, you see, the first thing my better half & I visited in Rome was exactly this: Fontana di Trevi. I called my aunt from the spot and tell her where I was. She was delighted. And that postcard from the 80's... I still have it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

people - crowd as individuality

Do you like taking pictures of people? Maybe portraits? Or crowd photos? For me this was not a subject for a long time, than, after a discussion with Ratze (he is such a remarkable people photographer! ), I started taking a look at the people too, not only at the buildings. Sometimes I am shy, sometimes I do not post the portraits that I take, if I believe they are too personal. But definitely, the human faces are an infinite story to be explored. In Rome on the other hand, I found it difficult to take photos of individuals: the crowds were so homogenous mass, in a weird and twisted way, united in their goals, that they become a subject for themselves...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

some on a hurry, some on a break

An Italian afternoon, in Rome. With pink table cloths for a pink Saturday! But beware, these restaurants are a tourist trap... :)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

twilight mood

At lake Neusiedl, this summer. One of the most romantic places to see the sunset. And then enjoy a glass of wine at the Mole West - the trendiest place around.Happy Sky Watching!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ice, water and snow

Snow is also water, right? Ice too. For this reason I take you for this Watery Wednesday to Grossglockner, one of the most spectacular places in Austria. First, the Grossglocknerstrasse, a place preferred by bikers, mountainbikers and trekkers as well. And then, to the Pasterze glacier, a stunning display of natural beauty. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

portrait of cat with pink rose

Oh, well, our youngest cat does not have a pink nose, but he has a thing for pink roses. And since he looked so cute, I could not help taking a picture of him (ahem, rather hundred of...) and make him the star of my pink Saturday contribution. By the way, for more wonderful pink sights, visit Bev here!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

serenity

What better title, for a post not only combining two favourite themes - benches & sky watching - but showing at the same time the wonderful Austrian landscape, the one that really looks like the images in the postcards.
I always liked going countryside, and Austria is so generous from this point of view.
This is the beginning of the trip to Maltatal, but in the same time the final post about it. More beautiful places to come: we had a full week at the beginning of September!So I hope you are enjoying your sky watching from a really comfortable bench with a view!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fallbach, Carinthia

As we were riding to the lake, we caught a glimpse of this:and we thought we need to stop here on our way back. Which we did. At first, frankly speaking, we wondered if we shoud pay 6 euros to go closer to the waterfall. After a short negociation, we decided we spent lots of money on other stupid things, so maybe this natural monument, as they called it, it is worth the money.And then, the Fallbach waterfall (in translation, the falling spring) came in front of our eyes in its entire splendour. Again, I understand why this place was for the druids, and is for many people nowadays, a place where the energies are being built up again, where the soul comes to union again with the body, in a holy-like communion, for the perfect benefit of the human who just stays there, in astonishment.I've never been to Niagara. I can only imagine the roar, the force and the feeling one can get there. I must also say that this is the biggest waterfall I've been so close to. And I feel blessed for seing it, for coming close to it.The water falls from 200 m high. The same hight of the Stephansdom cathedral in Vienna, they told us. The eye gets tricked indeed. Another comparison, of my own this time, the dam at lake Koelnbrein, that I showed you earlier this week, is also 200 m high. Interesting, right?And then, as a perfect addition to the magic scenery, the rainbow. We found no pot of gold at the end of it, but the wonderful experience we had there is worth for sure a pot full of gold.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Malta... Maltatal: land of waterfalls

On the way to the lake that I showed you before, there were the waterfalls. Mysterious, superb, calming. The water is magic. And the green forests around left us breathless. Yes, breathless in a sea of pure oxygen, breathless with amazement in front of the beauty.The Austrian federal land of Carinthia is the place of the old Celtic druids, and people there still believe in the great power of the mother nature. And with each step we took here we could do nothing but agree...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Malta... Maltatal

Yes, there is a Malta in Austria - the Maltatal. A magic place, I'd say, a valley of waterfalls and power places, of never ending forests, of mountain lakes where man and nature collide for the better. A place worth exploring by car, by bike, by foot. There is where I am going to take you for the next days. But in reverse: from the target of the journey, to its beginning.
So, today, the Koelnbrein dam. Impressive, but calm. One point on earth where you can feel how small you are, but yet fortunate to see such beauty.This trip was made by motorcycle during the annual European Bike Week @ Faak am See.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

come spend your money...


I didn't buy any - I hate the dust on them afterwards :)). Do you collect such souvenirs? For a while I started gathering fridge magnets, but it's not quite my thing. I prefer collecting photos :)...
Have a great Saturday, everyone!

Friday, October 09, 2009

bench, sky & ocean



No clue what to choose, so I went for both: presenting a bench, and the sky & ocean beyond. Enjoy & relax...
[in Fuerteventura]

For skywatching go HERE.
For benches go HERE and HERE.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

the fountain of joy


Of course, there is a must: if you come to Rome, you must visit Fontana di Trevi. Sit down for a while, watch the water running, take a look at the people around.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009