Stones that speak

On Friday I showed you bits of my neighbourhood, which was created during the days of working class housing- and food shortages that followed World War I and the breakup of the Habsburg Empire.  But of course this problem extended to all of Vienna, and the cooperative garden settlements that were built in the 1920s … More Stones that speak

Close to home

Like many of us, the COVID-19 spread prevention measures for me have meant a lot of time spent at home, where I can fortunately continue to work (in home office), enjoy culture (via innumerable streams from the wonderful world of cultural institutions), exercise (with regular live streams of Pilates, yoga and Zumba classes), and take … More Close to home

Venice in between

Between the floods  (the terrible Acqua Alta of 12 Nov 2019) and the lock-down due to the Covid-19 epidemic in 2020, Venice has not had much luck lately.  La Serenissima Repubblica di San Marco is suffering, and I feel for the inhabitants of this beautiful city (and of course all others affected by it).  Usually … More Venice in between

Family matters

They say, you can choose your friends, but not your family.  Well, I guess that depends on how you define family.  The way the Dom Museum Wien sees it, there is certainly many ways to look at families, and family histories can be tragedies or comedies, or both.  The current exhibition, Family Matters at the … More Family matters

Tropical Art Deco

Miami isn´t just about beaches and shopping malls and traffic jams – duh!  But that´s pretty much what I used to associate with it.  How wrong I was!  It is all that too, but there is so much more.  The thing is, I have family there, and so I have been to Miami many times, … More Tropical Art Deco

London in December

I spent a few – all too few – days in London in early December 2019.  Not my first time, and it will not be my last if I can help it.  It was the pre-Christmas time, so days were short and there were Christmas decorations everywhere.  Lovely for capturing the glow of warm indoor … More London in December