we spotted this copycat sign at vienna airport mall... does it remind you of something? seems that shameless copycats are everywhere! by the way we're back to kuwait and it has been a blast!!
Archive for February, 2011
breathtaking, stunning, overwhelming is the least we can say about the vienna opera house! we really can't say enough, you have to go and see for yourself! too bad more than half of the monument has been bombarded and completely destroyed during world war two, because it has been rebuilt with the postwar style, like the opera theatre and seating - the parts that remained intact speak for themselves... once a year the theatre transforms into a huge ballroom for the "bal des debutantes" as you can see in the bottom left picture, a tradition at the vienna opera house that is still going today.
the opera house also has sculptures for most of the famous austrian and european composers like mozart, beethoven, wagner etc.. you can see them on the ceiling of the beautiful rooms of the house - it's quite chilling to sit in that theatre where most of these geniuses once performed, though the new translation screens added recently to the seats are quite a turn off (bottom right picture) - enjoy our photos and do visit the opera house if you happen to be in vienna.
we were on our way to see the opera house in downtown vienna and as we walked down the subway tunnel, an intriguing waltz music coming out of a toilet caught our attention - it was the opera toilet! the way it works is simple, you put a buck and go in to enjoy waltz as you do your thing - one recommendation though, if you're a guy who loves waltz, just don't go with the flow as you do your thing, it might get messy..
facing the out-of-this-world opera house in downtown vienna you find ringstrassen galerien, one of the most luxurious malls in vienna - the street where the mall is located is probably the most beautiful street of the city, but the mall itself... well, not what we expected - may be because we're used to the beautiful malls of kuwait.. but frankly this one is really disappointing - probably the best floor was the vegetable market.
we believe that the best parts of the mall are the galleries, these are a series of shops down the ringstrassen galerien facing the beautiful streets - so if you're in vienna, do NOT include malls in your plans..
this shop could surprise you as you wander the streets of vienna, but when you get to know the history of the city, especially the turkish besiege of vienna you get to understand the presence of shisha and coffee shops, in addition to the many turks living in the city - one of the major palaces in vienna "the belvedere palace" has green roofs, meant to resemble the tents of the ottoman army defeated by eugene of savoy, the owner of that palace.
we're in vienna for a few days, though we were reluctant to visit in the middle of winter we're so glad we're here - it is freezing, really freezing with - 9 to a max of + 2 but the city is so nice and imperial you kind of forget the cold - we took a city tour and visited the schonbrunn palace, which was the summer residence of maria-theresia, the only lady to ever rule austria - maria-theresia was a fertile ruler who governed from her royal bed most of her life as she delivered 16 kids! one of her kids, number 15, was marie-antoinette, the decapitated queen of france.. (above picture of maria-theresia from google)
at schonbrunn, it is ok to take pictures of the outside palace, but it is strictly forbidden to shoot the interior chambers that exceed 1000 rooms - we had the chance to visit 20 amazing imperial rooms including the royal bed, i could only steel a few shots (without the flash) -
if you're interested in a bit of history, this palace also housed napoleon bonaparte who invaded the city twice - bonaparte married the daughter of one of the austrian rulers as they were known for their fertility and he wanted a son - bonaparte's son from the his austrian wife marie-louise was called joseph - joseph died of tuberculosis at the age of 21 and you can see the bed on which he died in one of the schonbrunn chambers..
enjoy the pictures and we strongly recommend you visit vienna, it is one of the most beautiful cities we've ever seen, and we've seen quite a few..
for the occasion of the national & liberation days we'll be posting old songs by famous arab icon singers - we'll start with the diva, oum koulthoum
i was passing by marina mall the other day and spotted this beautiful window display by pull & bear - i never thought that a few fins and masks can make up such a nice display - the possibilities of interior design are really infinite!