Austrian Trio
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27 comments · 05.20.07
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Austrian Trio

Mother, father and daughter lined up on the tarmac.

Yes, your favorite local carrier, Austrian Airlines Group, is a triumvirate consisting of three brands (Austrian Airlines, Austrian Arrows, and Lauda Air) all rolled under the Austrian flag.

Austrian Airlines is the main red & white brand that is slowly being taken over in mind share (and routes) by upstart Launa Air. Lauda Air was established in 1979 by former Formula One motor racing champion Niki Lauda. Lauda began in 1985, originally operating charter and air taxi services. In 2005 the flight operation of Lauda merged with Austrian Airlines.

Source: Lauda Air at Wikipedia



Jugend Art
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1 comments · 05.19.07
Filed under: Urban
Jugend Art

Can't get enough of urban graffiti... This thing is particularly reminiscent of the Jimmy Walker Good Times murals.

It is actually the Arena center, and olf factory restored into a Jugen "youth" facility. It is home to many alternative converts and gatherings. The Arena homepage is located here.

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Uranus from Urania
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Uranus from Urania

The Urania, located in the heart of Vienna on the Donaukanal is a public educational building and observatory.

There is also a move theater operated by Cineplexx inside that hosts the annual Viennale film festival.

There is also a famous puppet theater inside. You can see reviews of the Urania's puppet theater at Trip Advisor.

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Info for Info Lovers:

The Urania is a public educational institute and observatory in Vienna.

It was built according to the plans of Art Nouveau architect Max Fabiani (a student of Otto Wagner) at the mouth of the Wien River and was opened in 1910 by Emperor Franz Joseph as an educational center with a public observatory. It was named after the Muse Urania who represents Astronomy.

In the second World War the Urania was severely damaged and the dome with the observatory was totally destroyed. After its reconstruction, it was reopened in 1957. The observatory itself has been continually improved technically over the years.

Today, the Urania also has seminar rooms in which wide-ranging classes and lectures are given, a movie theater that screens at the annual Viennale film festival, and a puppet theater originally created by Hans Kraus.



Airport Passage
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4 comments · 05.17.07
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Airport Passage

There's a lot of building/construction going on at Vienna's Schwechat Airport. This underground passage is almost all stainless steel except for the orange highlights of the pillars in tha background. It's very hitech and futuristic looking...

This shot is an all too familiar sight for me...as I have been on the road non-stop for work lately.

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Color Poles
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13 comments · 05.15.07
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Color Poles

Some colorful poles for your viewing pleasure...

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Mother's Newspaper
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9 comments · 05.13.07
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Mother's Newspaper

Even the Viennese newspapers get into the Mother's Day spirit over here....

Happy Mother's Day to mother's everywhere from Vienna...

And to my Mom: Happy Mother's Day Mom - I love you.

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Random Walk
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10 comments · 05.10.07
Filed under: People · Urban
Random Walk

Just a random streetscape here of of the Ringstrasse in Vienna. I realized I do not have enough random urban street shots... I think these types of shots start to give you an idea of daily life and what the city really looks like...

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Viennese Charm
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5 comments · 05.05.07
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Viennese Charm

Eureka! Perhaps this is the holy grail, the Lost Arc of Viennese Culture...the Secret of Wien's Success....yeah, permanent makeup. I was blown away when I Googled "Viennese charm" and got nothing but hotel spam offering ways to experience Viennse charm. There was nothing that actually attempted to define Viennese charm...

About the only thing that I could find that approaches accuracy is this sugar-coated gem: "The proverbial Viennese charm turns out on the whole to be somewhat superficial: when occasion arises the local dialect can put things very bluntly, and the people are not averse to a good grumble from time to time." Source: Planet Ware

Let's say that Vienna may be theonly place in the WORLD where service staff is actually expected AND rewarded for being stand-offish, slow, bitter (insert your favorite adjective here...). Not sure how this came to be...but will keep digging and report back.

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Gasometer From Within
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Gasometer From Within

This shot was taken inside one of the Gasometer buildings looking straght up into the apartments. The circular environment with the square grid overlay from some sort of fixture, gave this an interesting feel...

Vienna Photo has some nice shots of Gasometer as well.

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Hundertwasser Returns
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Hundertwasser Returns

Making its much anticipated return to these pages is Hundertwasser (guess the same could be said for any picture these days...).

Yes, I am stealing proudly from the ZoomArchives as I can't handle the silence on ZoomVienna, but I have not even BEEN IN Vienna much lately. Shooting time is at a major premium these days, so I will try to relive a bit from days past until I can get some more footage.

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Info for Info Lovers:

About Hundertwasser: Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser (born Friedrich Stowasser December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000) was an Austrian painter and sculptor. By the end of the 20th century, he was arguably the best-known contemporary Austrian artist, though he was always controversial.

Hundertwasser's original, unruly, sometimes shocking artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, and clothing (among other areas). The common themes in his work are a rejection of the straight line, bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism. He remains sui generis, although his architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí in its biomorphic forms and use of tile. He was inspired by the works of Egon Schiele from an early date, and his style was often compared to that of Gustav Klimt. He was fascinated with spirals, and called straight lines "the devil's tools". He called his theory of art "transautomatism", based on Surrealist automatism, but focusing on the experience of the viewer, rather than the artist.

Source: Wikipedia

Toy Story Gas Station
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2 comments · 04.07.07
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Toy Story Gas Station

I couldn't help but think of Buzz Lightyear and Toy Story when pulling up in this gas station.

It's actually a very quiet OMV gastation on the highway coming into Vienna...

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Stop or I'll Shoot
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6 comments · 03.27.07
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Stop or I'll Shoot

An advertisement on the side of a building on the Guertel in Vienna.

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Gasoscope
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Gasoscope

Want some color? Can I get some color with that? Ahhh...just can't get enough of the Gasometer in Vienna.

Take a few mintues on a sunny afternoon and see for yourself...

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Gasometer#11
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Here's a look at the student dormitory attached to Gasometer B from inside the Cineplexx building across the street. The dormitory and Gasometer B were designed by world famous architechts Coop Himmelblau. You can see Gasometer from above on Google Maps.

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Info for Info Lovers:

Coop Himmelb(l)au (1968-) is a cooperative architectural design firm primarily located in Vienna, Austria and which now also maintains offices in Los Angeles, United States and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Coop Himmelblau was founded by Wolf Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Michael Holzer and gained international acclaim alongside Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind with the 1988 exhibition, "Deconstructivist Architecture" at the Museum of Modern Art. Their work ranges from public projects to office and research fascilites, while they also explore theater and exhibition design.

The firm's name Himmelblau translates from German into English as 'heaven blue', Himmelbau translates to 'heaven construction'. The term Coop in the title is pronounced as is the business abbreviation for cooperative, co-op. Their projects are driven by critical theory, poetic transubstantiation of technology and the complex usage or programs that they house. The temporary, theoretical, and exhibition projects of their founding two decades have led to a highly original and productive stint of buildings in the 1990s and the early twenty-first century.

Source: Wikipedia



Mannequin 3 - This Time For Real
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5 comments · 03.13.07
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Mannequin 3 - This Time For Real

For all of those who remember the 80's classic Manequin with Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall...this pic will leave you longing for another sequel... Yes, this is a real life manequin...but good enough to fall in love with per the movie.

First cloning eldery, now life-like manequins....one could argue Vienna is atop the scientific food chain...

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Colorful Movies
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2 comments · 03.11.07
Filed under: Gasometer · Urban
Colorful Movies

More fun with light and color...courtesy of the Gasometer complex in Vienna's 3rd District.

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Gasometer #9
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Gasometer #9

Here's a look at the area around Gaometer from a wide angle. This is most like what you would see standing in 1030 Wien. Both sides of the street are a treat.

The building on the left is a famous architeture and home to residences. On the right is an extension of the Gasometer shopping complex, complete with the Hollywood Cineplex movie theater. This side of the complex is responsible for the great colors you have seen in some other ZoomVienna shots of gasometer, including Colored Angles, Gas House Reflections, and Color Meter.



Plachutta I
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Plachutta I

If you've never heard of Tafelspitz before....this photo probably won't mean much to you....

However, if you have heard of Tafelspitz, your mouth is probably watering. Not as much as it could/should be (I should have a pic of the actual dish here), but I got a ton of static from the management when I even pulled the camera out of the bag... Don't get me started, as I have a hard time with the 'give us your money, but don't you dare take a photo' approach to CRM

Without plugging the business to hard, Plachutta is world famous for Tafelsptiz (everyone has to be good at something, no?). Without launching a social/user review site here on Zoom, it is indeed fantastic.


Info for Info Lovers:

Learn how to make Tafelspitz like an Austrian.



Lunch With a View
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Lunch With a View

A view from a restaurant window out to the famous Mariahilferstrasse and the beautiful Mariahilferkirche (Mariahilfer Church).

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Rooftops
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1 comments · 02.26.07
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Rooftops

If you are ever in Vienna, don't forget to look up...beside the blue skies, you'll miss a big part of the city...

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Internet Everywhere
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Internet Everywhere

The internet is indeed everywhere...

Happy Friday!

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A Newspaper
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4 comments · 02.19.07
Filed under: Gasometer
On the road again for work...but had a bit of time to shoot something fresh for you all this weekend. Actually, I revisited some old stomping grounds of the ZoomVienna early days: Gasometer.

You may recall Gasometer are old gas tanks recently converted into condominiums and a shopping mall. Here some seats at a Gasometer cafe photographed from above.

This shot is indeed blank & white and 'red' all over. I hope to get more shots up from Gasometer this week.

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Info for Info Lovers: The four gas holders, know as gasometers were built in 1896 as part of the gaswerks at Simmering. After the gasworks were closed down, the four historic towers were renovated and reopened in 2001. Source: the gasometer website

The Gasometers in Vienna are four former gas tanks, each of 90,000 m³ storage capacity, built as part of the Vienna municipal gas works Gaswerk Simmering in 1896–1899. They are located in the 11th district, Simmering. They were used from 1899 to 1984 as gas storage tanks. After the changeover from town gas to natural gas between 1969–1978, they were no longer used and were shut down. Only the brick exterior front walls were preserved. The structures have found a new use in modern times. Source: Wikipedia on Gasometer

Joe Cool
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4 comments · 02.17.07
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Joe Cool

A trio of mannequins in a Vienna shop window in the 1st District shopping area.

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Last to Leave
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10 comments · 02.12.07
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Last to Leave

What a winter in Vienna. 6-degrees here at 6 in the morning...unreal. More CFC's people. (kidding) But global warming is here...and Vienna is not immune. Just ask the guys and gals in the ski areas. Better get the grass skis out...

These leaves are the last hangers-on from fall. The photo is taken in the Stadtpark across from the Ringstrasse. The lighting gave the tree branches a cool effect - and the the leaves a fluorescent green glow.

Vienna has long winters for sure...but normally there is at least some snow. I've still not decided which I like better...

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Vienna is Different
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Vienna is Different

Whoever wrote the tagline for Vinna is one of the pure marketing geniuses of the world. Yup, in my opinion, "Vienna is Different" - or in German, "Wien ist anders" - is spot on.

From whatever angle you cut it, it's perfect. From the unique combination of city and country life, to the special people and all the things that make you scratch your head...Wien is certainly one thing above all....DIFFERENT.

A sticker on a public park bench marks the frame here...a bit of city branding.

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Zero Point Joe
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6 comments · 02.09.07
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Zero Point Joe

For lack of a bottle of champagne on the ground, this beer can will need to pass as beverage of choice in celebrating my 500th post! Yup, according to MT (Movable Type - my Photoblog software) I've just cranked on #500 with this one. (albeit the last 100 or so pics took a bit longer than I would have liked...)

Cheers everyone.

And, oh, by the way, this is Null Komma Josef (or 'zero point Joseph') an alcohol free beer over here.

Tastes pretty darn good... See here (German only) and here.

Fishing at the Market
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59 comments · 01.21.07
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Fishing at the Market

Some dedicated workers at Nordseeat the Naschmarkt in Vienna put on a sidewalk cooking display.

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Strauss Statue by Night
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4 comments · 01.17.07
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Strauss Statue by Night

A shot of the Johan Strauss Statue in the Stadtpark taken late one night on a winter evening. It looks quite a bit different than by day as you can see here.

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Hotel InterContinental
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Hotel InterContinental

A night shot taken from the Vienna Stadtpark shows the Hotel InterContinental ono a cold winter night. The hotel is one of the more well-known hotels in Vienna and a stop for many VIPs on their way through Vienna.

For those planning a trip, visit the Intercontinental website here. See what others have to say about the hotel at Trip Advisor here.

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Say Cheese
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8 comments · 01.12.07
Filed under: Christmas · People
Say Cheese

A woman hard at work preparing a cheese bread at a Christmas market in Vienna. This particular stand was on the grounds of Schoenbrunn Palace - and you could smell these cheese from all over the grounds. The Christmas markets here are quite an atmosphere...

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