3701 – Cool Luxury in Saint-Tropez

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Dec 072016

I’ve got no images from the whole drive along the coast. Basically it’s a mix of tourist places and private houses all along the coast up to Saint-Tropez.

Thirty years ago I’ve been in Provence with a group of students. We’ve traveled by bus, and I remember having been in Saint-Tropez, or rather, I remember having driven through Saint-Tropez. Basically I remember one specific street corner, nothing more, but when we were there this year, everything looked completely new to me.

Which is good, because in my memory Saint-Tropez had been a let-down, and that’s definitely not what it is. It actually has a picturesque center of narrow old streets, and that’s probably also the reason why I can’t remember it: it would have been completely unaccessible for a tourist bus 🙂

The image has been taken under the marquee of a restaurant where we sat and sipped a drink. The cool trick there is, that they spray a mist of cool water from the marquee a few times a minute. That’s cool luxury under the burning sun.

Jul 022016

The “White Peacock” is the biggest public restaurant at the palace. It is in one of the side buildings.

It has a big terrace and it was a pleasure to eat there on a sunny, but not yet too hot day.

There are all sorts of ways between the buildings, some leading through doors in the walls between. The Image of the Day shows one such way. It exploits the symmetry of the decoration and the sensor’s pretty extensive DOF. The lens is the 60/2.8 macro at f8. I love the effect of the compression and how it makes the doorway look almost like a mural.

3523 – A Restaurant in Villach

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Jun 112016

Villach is a small town or, as I like to say, a right-sized town. There are no high-rise buildings, public transport lacks severely, but you don’t need it that much anyway.

Basically you can cross the town in an hour and a half by foot. I rarely do that, because the outskirts are much better suited to cars than to pedestrian, but from time to time I love to criss-cross the central part, strolling around, hunting for pictures. It has not the density of possible subjects that Vienna’s center has, but you just have to look for different things.

3226 – Beautiful China

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Aug 182015

I’ve passed by this Chinese restaurant called “Beautiful China” very often, but always on my way to one of my favorite Pizza restaurants in this part of Vienna, near enough to for instance go there after work.

There are other Chinese restaurants around, one of them I like really well, thus it is unlikely you’ll ever find me inside this one. I sure like the tree in front though, and how the color of its leaves takes up the red of the word “Restaurant” on the sign.

3085 – King Of The Pub

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Mar 302015

This is actually not a British style pub but the classic viennese equivalent, the restaurant “Kuchldragoner” in Vienna’s first district. That means “Kitchen Dragoon” and hints at a former owner / cook, especially female, with a dangeroous temper 🙂

The Song fo the Day is “King Of The Pub” by The Prosecution. Hear it on YouTube.

2906 – Christopher Columbus

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Oct 022014

Asked what was the most important event in 1492, people in Salzburg would smilingly say “The founding of Stiegl Brewery”. And Stiegl is not only one of the few surviving old breweries in Austria, they are also one of the most successful. It may help to be located right across the border from Bavaria 😀

The Song of the Day is “Christopher Columbus” by Benny Goodman. Hear it on YouTube.

2893 – Stories, Trophies And Memories

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Sep 192014

There’s an inn at the edge of Villach with a small brewery. In the garden stands a small wooden tower and therefore they call themselves the “Tower Brewery”. These wooden discs are attached to the tower. One shows the Carinthian coat of arms, the others are engraved with reports of rafter’s adventures.

The Song of the Day is “Stories, Trophies And Memories” by Randy VanWarmer. Hear it on YouTube.

Jun 242014

I had this song and title the last time in September in “2528 – Scenes From An Italian Restaurant IV“. It’s the same Pizza chain in the same part of Vienna, only a different restaurant.

The Song of the Day is “Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” from Billy Joel’s 1977 album “The Stranger”. Hear it on YouTube.