Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Supersize me à la française
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
It was pretty impressive although I'd have preferred more Italian music than the mainstream pop-medley the group (Società Panzera) had chosen. Last year, we happened to watch the Austrian entry, which was good, too. Apparently, the Ukrainian act earlier this month was rather underwhelming, with the fireworks not being synchronised to the music at all.
There was a lady in front of us who was talking to a friend on her mobile phone, trying to describe her whereabouts. Looking around herself, she decided to describe it as "I'm right in front of the moon". Hmmm. The person on the other hand probably replied that that wasn't exactly a precise description, because then she added "I'm right in front of the Valentino store".
Afterwards, our landlady's (who's a friend of Mademoiselle) parents asked if we needed to go to the ladies' and Madame led us to the elegant toilet in the building that houses the famous casino and also the opera. Last year, we had ended up in a public toilet as it would never have occurred to us to nonchalantly walk into the casino foyer with the sole mission to relieve our bladders. Turns out that is a perfectly normal thing to do. So now I can say that I've been "to the casino".
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Typical Côte d'Azur view: blue sea and skies, lush vegetation and lots of boats.
Ans scooters everywhere...
There was also a flea-market near St. Peter's Chapel with Jean Cocteau's famous murals. I was temped to buy a cool bracelet, but didn't in the end.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Now THAT Didn't Take Long...
Monday, July 19, 2010
Even If I Don't Speak French
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I Certainly Won't Starve Here...
Typing on the doll-sized keyboard is a bit of a challenge, but another blogpost might come up. If only to keep M.C. entertained while I'm away.
Just in Time
Friday, July 16, 2010
Aphorism of the Day
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Occupational Therapy in the Tropics
Tonight, however, it was closer to 28° when I came home. On a whim, I had decided to go to the cinema to see Tutta la Vita Davanti at good old Admiral Kino in my neighbourhood.
The other highlight of my day: a DHL delivery: my repaired Nexus One - yay! I had missed reading my favourite blogs while waiting for the tram.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
You Know It's Time to Get a Life
...when a power outage is a source of excitement for you. Yesterday afternoon shortly before 5 the lights and airconditioning suddenly went out in the office, as did our internet and telephone connection. It turned out that not only our office, but the whole building, and indeed the majority of our street and adjacent ones were affected (see picture of Louis Vuitton's notice on its closed front door) and there was no knowing how long it would take. Well, perfect excuse to leave for the MQ for a bit of erm...strategic planning.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Much as I love Flocki, my vintage Toyota, the fact that he does not have air-condition makes driving around in 30+° temperatures quite a sticky challenge. I like cycling to swimming pools in Vienna, but let's face it, there are much better places for swimming available than chlorinated pools. Such as the beautiful Thermalbad in Bad Vöslau, a 30-minute-drive from Vienna, which I have raved about here before.
Last weekend, I combined visits to my great-aunts in their respective nursing homes with a visit to said swimming dorado in order to minimize sweaty car-excursions.
As could be expected, other people had had the same idea and the lawn around the mineral-water-pool was very crowded:
But nowhere near as much as the (chlorinated) sports pool.
Nonetheless, I managed to spend a peaceful afternoon in the shade with plenty of space around me, simply by walking up the staircase to the pine forest.
There, I did not even feel the heat and only realised how hot it was when I walked down to the pool.
Breathing in the lush pine scent and more or less successfully blending out conversations in German, it was easy to tell myself I was in Italy or France rather than not far from Vienna. The climate along the so-called "thermal line" south of Vienna is beneficial for several types of mediterranean plants, by the way and I have even seen almond trees grow there.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Fields of wheat look "blonder" than any colour you could ever buy in a bottle...
Salads are fresh and tasty like no other time of the year and you can pretty much add any seasonal fruit with great results...
Not forgetting the best thing about summer: outdoor swimming. More about that tomorrow.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Must Be the Y Chromosome
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Like, Totally Unexpected
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Getting Carried Away. A Bit
Unlike the Kitchen Aid it is just bulky and not heavy as well, i.e. won't necessitate a taxi ride home. Phew!
Monday, July 05, 2010
Stuffy Office or Lake? Hmmm, Tough Decision.
I should use this picture as a screensaver. Or maybe not as it could prove detrimental to morale.
Friday, July 02, 2010
Despite the lice on its stalk, it will soon be in bloom: