10 Things to do in Vienna

03/07/2015

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'Vienna waits for you...'  Billy Joel

With horse drawn carriages, dreamy palaces and non-stop Beethoven, Vienna was a delight. We stayed at Motel One; an inexpensive and stylish hotel, and did all the touristy stuff. Here are 10 things I'd recommend if you're visiting the city.

1. Order schnitzel at the famous Figlmuller.

2. Gaze at the Kiss by Gustav Klimt in the Upper Belvedere.

3. Visit some of the many ice cream parlours - although choosing what to order is tough!

4. Lose a few hours wandering along the graffiti covered Donaukanal. It's a hub of music and activity, especially with its own sandy beach and deck chairs.

5. Take the tiny lift to the top of St Stephen's Cathedral, the view is breathtaking.

6. Enjoy the flowers; we were there in late April and there were beds of tulips everywhere.

7. Catch a performance at the Vienna State Opera or watch from the screen outside.

8. Relax in the classical gardens of the Belvedere Palace, there's a terrific view of the city from inside the museum.

9. Wander around the glorious parks, palaces, museums and art galleries.

10. Join the locals by having lunch at one of the Vienna sausage stands. The sausage with cheese, served with bread and mustard, is delicious!

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A Year of Moments with Candy Pop and Lobster & Swan ~ July

01/07/2015

Joyful by Candy Pop


Happy July and welcome to the seventh (yes seventh!) month of A Year of Moments. A creative collaboration between yours truly and the lovely Jeska of Lobster and Swan.

July is quite possibly my favourite month. I love the sunshine, fresh air, picnics, sandals, cut grass and flowers. It's also the month of my birthday, and a flurry of celebrations!

Jeska and I decided to make July a month of wonder and joy. And we'd be honoured if you'd join us in sharing your joyful July moments. To join in all you need to do is upload your image to Instagram including the hashtag ayearofmoments_joyful, along with mine and Jeska's user names.

This month I photographed a peony, which was a gift from a friend. Pink peonies are one of the most joyful of flowers, I associate them with the summer and I always hope to receive a bunch for my birthday!

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I'm delighted to share Jeska's joyful image. The muted tones, delicate flowers and pretty vintage book sit beautifully together. It's light and dreamy, and makes me think of lazy summer days in the countryside.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful nature photographs last month. With nearly 400 images it was tough to pick our favourites. Here are a few that pulled on my heart strings.







Nature by (clockwise from top left) theashleypahl, silverpebble2, aquietstyle, lillalinaea, circleofpines, lewesmap, flojoro123, netherleighblog, and in the centre aesmestudio.

I hope you have a wonderful month and I'll see you over on Instagram!

Urban Jungle Bloggers // Plant Colour Pop

28/06/2015

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After the fun of taking part in Urban Jungle Bloggers last month I decided to give it another go. This month's challenge, set by Igor and Judith, was to take a photograph of one plant, with a coloured background, and make it go pop.

I must confess the 'old me' would have found the brightest coloured backdrop and cranked it up in Photoshop. However, nowadays I like to keep things calm and simple, hence the paler toned pink, and minimalist use of space.

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I've already added these images to my shop, and I plan to shoot some more in the coming weeks. Thank you so much Igor and Judith for the inspiration!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, and if you'd like to see a few more plants go pop do head over to Urban Jungle Bloggers.


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