Yellooooow, won’t you tell me your name!

Ring a bell at the title? That’s right! That song from The Doors. But I made a word pun because that is what really came up to my mind when I downloaded the following photos from the camera.

This year autumn came with most amazing colours or probably I paid it just a little bit more attention. Relaxation and joy for nature came in one weekend when we took an unplanned trip. And the unplanned trips are usually the best. As they say, travelling makes you richer. Our destination: Open Air Museum Stübing (Österreichisches Freilichtmuseum Stübing).

The Open Air Museum Stübing is one of the ten big central open air museums in Europe. The museum preserves and protects natural cultural heritage. It shows and depicts peasant life through its houses and objects. And now let me show you!

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This is one of the houses which can be found at the Stübing Museum. Many of them have been brought from different regions of Austria.

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Autumn colours perfectly integrated in the picture of Stübing Museum

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Analyzing the structure of the roof doesn’t seem an easy job.

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The girls in a round of running for the cameradsc_0899

And STOP!

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And one round back for me! Flying back like a bird!

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I told him to have a sit on the prettiest flower he liked.

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Wandering about from house to house and feeling the freedom of nature

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Yellow delighting my eyes as never before

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Truth be told, the landscape takes your breath away. But anywhere in Austria, the fabulous scenery makes you want to see some more. And there are plenty of places to go, relax and enjoy. You just need to check it down on your list of places to go.

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Behind me there was a pretty restaurant. I didn’t check it out, but apparently the food smelt pretty good. We were really thankful for the fine autumn weather.

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And while sometimes I might terrorize my boyfriend with asking lots & lots of photos, I am really grateful for the wonderful photos he takes. These posts would not be so complete without his help. 🙂

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There were also means of having fun for kids and adults. As a result, boyfriend on stilts. 🙂

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As I proclaimed myself the girl who loves autumn, I dearly invite you to take a walk more often in autumn. It’s rewarding, I’m telling you!

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The girl who loves autumn & her fox bag

Close your eyes. Imagine stepping on the carpet of colourful, dry leaves. Can you hear the sound it makes? Crispy…crunching under your feet. And a cool, sharp breeze on your face. Still the picture in your mind? Lovely! That is what autumn means to me. And this autumn I’ve decided not to let it go undisturbed. I mean, I took advantage of its signs and went for a photo shoot. I had a quick look at the clothes in my closet, found something suitable, a catchy bag and got started. dsc_0595

This is actually my first post in which I’ll be talking a little bit about clothes and my passion for clothes and fashion. I’d remember cutting material and designing clothes for the Barbie dolls I had when I was a child. And of course, nowadays fashion industry has evolved and developed in the most fascinating ways. For example, I find it absolutely amazing that skirts and dresses have changed a lot after 1920s. To this very moment, each decade has come up with its own transformations. Some would say “fashion is about dressing according to the fashionable”. I would say not. Fashion is about creativity and manner of expression. It is about who you are, what you feel, what you want to be, how it makes you feel. Fashion industry is about change and how you dress is about your identity and how open you are towards the horizons of fashion. This is what I believe it is. Coming back to what this post is actually about: there I go with my autumnatic look!dsc_1

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Me hopping around like a kanguroo to take this photo!

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Sunset light is absolutely important in taking a photo portrait. And somehow it gleamed through the trees so beautifully that my skillful photographer recommended it and I took his good piece of advice. The scenery felt flawless and the result thereunder!

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“A good laugh is always sunshine in the house.” William Makepeace Thackeray said it and I practise it. Fair enough, right?

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The effect of vintage is worth trying! This photo got actually much better than expected. “Very World War II”, as a friend said. Took it as a compliment!

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That burgundy skirt was bought a long time ago and it is from Stradivarius. I love much of their clothes for they seem to suit my style and personality.dsc_0699

So what about my beauty statement?! I bought this fox bag a few years ago from Salzburg. It was love at first sight, can’t deny it! Since it was hard in matching colours and clothes for this bag, depending on what there is the closet, now I have it as a dear memory from Salzburg. It’s nice sometimes to say “I have this bag from Salzburg”. All your memories from visiting a place come together with that thing you bought.

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Details from behind the photo shooting: stole leaves from people’s yards to take this photo. I know! But this crazy girl would do anything to make the best out of photos. In other words: love for photography!

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 The photographer and the model sending you warm greetings!

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And one more, because you probably loved the photos. So did I!dsc_0786

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Bratislava is worth a visit!

Imposing castle in the background, blue sky with soft white traces from clouds just like in a painting, a little bit of wind in my hair and plenty of sun to warm up my skin in a three-day trip to Bratislava! My friends had planned this escape by themselves, but because they had rented an apartment with enough space, they just said: “Come with us if want!” and so I did. It took us only two hours and a half to reach from Graz to Bratislava. We packed everything we needed and before we knew it, we were there. The apartment they had rented was just a stone’s throw from the Danube. So our first day in Bratislava went on with having a walk along the Danube and admiring the view.

A warm THANK YOU to my friends for the following photos!

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And because we still owe respect to the king of the jungle, this photo happened. 🙂 Not by chance, of course!

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He seemed not wanting to let go of my hair…

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There are lots of cruise ships on the Danube and lots of hotels as well to choose from, if you want to make the best of your vacation!dsc_02dsc-01

The UFO Observation Deck in Bratislava – if you really want to capture great photos of the city, you should probably pay for a ride in the evening. The tower is 95 metres above the Danube and the bridge is the seventh largest hanging bridge in the world. Want to know more? The elevator in the tower goes up inclined, but you’ll not be disappointed with the view!

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The following day we were hunting for souvenirs, especially fridge magnets.

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Engaging ourselves in selfies has never been easy, as you probably know. But we don’t give up: once in a lifetime we are young! 😉dsc08234

The much awaited photo with the Bratislava Castle! Inhabited by Celts and Romans at its beginnings and burnt by fire in 1811, the castle is in an ongoing reconstruction. I would have loved to visit the castle inside, but at least I could enjoy a walk in the park around the castle.dsc08297

The castle at night from the UFO Observation Deck

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Well…I guess we could let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Dear Bratislava, we liked you and for sure we’ll pay you another visit sometime in the future!

Acuarela’s colourful people

Love at first sight! Colourful umbrellas and a vintage summer setting which makes you want to come back here! This is Acuarela, a place in Bucharest good to meet friends and enjoy cold drinks on hot summer days. So, two friends separated by the countries they live in met to share their latest news and gossip about their lives. Here they are under Acuarela’s umbrellas:happy faces!14053779_1221904027829812_7886878579139149026_o

Having a look through Acuarela’s menu, we decided upon what suits us best on summer days: basil lemonade and ginger lemonade. They’ve got a wide range of drinks, cocktails and snacks to choose from. I have not tried them apart from lemonade, but I plan to do so in the future.14017812_1222010451152503_482601377_nDSC_0311.JPG

Cold & tasty! Do you agree with me that yellow goes hand in hand with green?

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The atmosphere feels cosy, open and relaxed. So whether you meet an old-time friend like me or enjoy a pleasant evening for a date or just take your time and stare at the explosion of colour, this is just a wonderful place to be. And what seems more interesting than that, I cannot say that morning, noon or evening is the best time to be there. Somehow losing track of time characterizes it. Put your shoes on, grab a friend or more and just be there! You’ll feel yourself as part of the story! 🙂

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Fascinated by the decor of this small bistro

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Certainly such settings require a photo shooting!

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I was all for green that afternoon!

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Receptive to precious indications from the photographer

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Sunset light fills up my senses!

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Because pretty rhymes with witty, I would say wretty girls on the streets of Bucharest 😉

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Hope you enjoyed and when in Bucharest, pop in at Acuarela! There’s a slight chance you don’t like it!

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From Riegersburg Castle with love

I have to admit: I love castles. A lot, actually. 🙂 As a child, I was dreaming of myself as a princess and read happily fairy tales with princesses and castles. Oh and I watched Fantaghiro, my favourite childhood movie. But coming back to our times, castles tell more than you actually see when you visit them. It feels strange and magical at the same time because somehow you feel you go back in time. Going back in time has been one of my dreams, but unfortunately the inventor of a time machine hasn’t been born yet. Luckily, we can work out our brains through imagination and touchable proofs.

Riegersburg Castle, a medieval one of a kind construction, lies upon a dormant vulcano in the south of Styria and looks majestically upon its valleys, forests and vineyards. The 850-year old castle delights the visitor’s eye and promises a relaxing state of mind due to its green surroundings and beautiful landscapes.

And while I went higher and higher on the path to Riegersburg, up until 450 m, I had the chance to feast my eyes with the greeness of the views.DSC_0319

The view is totally worth it!DSC_0338

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Together,under the tree, life seems carefree!DSC_0373

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Getting closer to Riegersburg, at a certain point, I could admire the vineyards on both sides of the road.DSC_0426

Curious and excited, I made my way to the castle.

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With its turbulent past, the castle invites you into the medieval atmosphere. There are two exhibitions which can be visited: The Witch Museum and Tale of Riegersburg-Legendary Women. A quite interesting insight into the beliefs and convictions of those times! And when I think that many met their fate here…cold chills on my skin!!DSC_0535

He asked me to take a photo together. 😀 Under no circumstances could I refuse him!

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For a minute or two, I was in the shoes of a shooter. Not any kind of shooter!

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And also tried a helmet. Quite heavy and no sight at all!DSC_0517

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Have a go? I would strongly recommend you a visit. Castles in Austria are a MUST!

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A view from Schlossberg

Grazer Schlossberg (Schlossberg=castle hill) is the centre of the old town. It is the most visited tourist attraction for it’s also in the centre of the city. It lies right on the bank of the Mur river and the view of Graz from Schlossberg is outstanding. Schlossberg used to be a fortress for the city and its fortification dates back to the 9th century. Now, the public park on Schlossberg offers lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from and delight your tastebuds and visual senses.  (Schlossberg top right of the picture)Schlossberg

So, Schlossberg and sunset make the best combination ever. I am telling you, my friend: sunset evening is worth watching! It’s not the best sunset we’ve caught because clouds seemed to disrupt our photo shooting. But still, colours of blue, violet and a pale tint of nude pink offered us the picture of a painted sky. The sun behind the clouds did a great job.

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Where the wooded hills meet the sky, my eyes felt absorbed in a natural and delightful contrast. The colour I’ve always dreamt of for sunsets!DSC_0017 We noticed an ‘eyehole of enlightenment’ and the chance was ours. While I was watching in the Turkish Fountain.DSC_0938DSC_0942

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And while the evening transformed itself into the night, a little bit of reading was absolutely welcome. If you are probably wondering what I am reading: To Kill a Mockingbird. Totally captivated until now 🙂DSC_0015

In the end, we turned our steps to some music we heard from the top of Schlossberg.DSC_0060

And we found out there was a music festival we had no idea about: Weltmusik am Mariahilferplatz (World music by Mariahilfersquare). Every year, the festival promises some really good quality music such as jazz, afro, latin, blues, Balkan-blues. Multicultural feeling in the air! 😀DSC_0067

We grabbed some beers, enjoyed the atmosphere and people dancing!DSC_0073

Promise to update you with more posts and photos of Schlossberg!

Eggenberg Palace & Mr. Peacock

A partly cloudy day in Graz. Our friends gave us a call and came up with the idea of revisiting Eggenberg Palace. Not at bad at all because a second look actually refreshed our memory. Eggenberg Palace is placed in such spectacular surroundings you would take a walk every day in the park around the palace. Said & done! So while the girls engaged in all sorts of chit-chat in their walk to the castle, the guys handled the photo shoot.DSC_0634

Our host at the palace was nobody else but the Mr. Mighty Peacock, who by the way was quite friendly and of course really proud of his shimmering feathers. Really interesting about the peacock feathers is that when light shines on feathers, we see lots of glimmering coloured spots, phenomenon called interference. DSC_0643DSC_0644

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Trying to get to know him better 🙂DSC_0690

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And flap-flap…there you go ..he flew away!DSC_0693

And we did it! Such peacock situations require face-to-face conversations.DSC_0704

Further on, we had a look at the art exhibition of the castle, where visitors can buy tickets and souvenirs. From books and postcards to peacock bags and purses.DSC_0728DSC_0732

As we visited this room with paintings, stained glasses and statues from the Middle Ages  for the first time, we took the chance to admire it at length. Must admit the paintings were really impressive!DSC_0764DSC_0760DSC_0773

Through laughs and photo shoots, we all had a relaxing and peaceful afternoon!DSC_0746DSC_0817

A princess story

On the second day of our escape in Mauterndorf, we took the chance to visit the castle and enjoy the surroundings. Taking the tour at Mauterndorf Schloss certainly did not fail to bring excitement in discovering the Middle Ages culture.DSC_0067

In one of the castle’s rooms, we could find clothes from that time and we were ready to recreate history, just a little bit at least.

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As I am so fond of old clothes from different historical times, I can definitely say I was the happiest and the next picture can confirm my utmost excitement. My hiking shoes gave me away, but too less I cared!

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But I truly felt like a princess of the Middle Ages time.

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In the end, our Middle Ages princess smiled happily on her throne as she knew she had loyal people around her. She knew she had to reign with authority, courage and consistency while her primary aim was the happiness of her people.

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