Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Austrian Gastronomy

As a Filipino who have set foot in Austria, the foods there sit well with my taste. It is just amazing for me at best.

A visit to Austria will never be complete without eating the famous wurst. It is nothing but a fried sausage with pickles and sour dip.

The wurst you can find in wurstelstand

Another specialty in Austria is Schnitzel which is like a breaded meat. France has a similar dish called escalope

Schnitzel
Schintzel is best served with potato salad in oil, vinegar and beef stock called Erdapfelsalat.

Erdapfelsalat, made from sliced potato in oil, vinegar
and beef stock.

The Austrian dish which I also like is called Goulash. It's a sliced beef with carrot and potato in red sauce. As was said, Goulash was a poor mans meal in the olden times. But because of its good taste, it became popular with everyone.

Goulash

To cap it off, the best Austrian dessert is Sacher Torte which is a chocolate cake with jam. The cake was originally created at Sacher Hotel which until now they are selling the cake in a wooden box, a perfect present to bring home.  

Sacher Torte, chocolate cake with a jam

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Passing by the Hofburg Palace

The Hofburg Palace is never to be missed when one set foot in Austria. It is the edifice which is central to Austrian history and by extension to the world.

The Hofburg Palace was the winter palace of the Habsburg Royal Family. It is a well-decorated palace lit elegantly at night. 

This just what amazes me of Vienna's landscape especially those ornately decorated buildings and magnificent statues around the city.

The Hofburg Palace in itself is a marvel of great architectural flair withstanding the test of time to exude exuberance at its best.
   
The Hofburg Palace

A statue depicting Greek mythology scene

Monday, December 28, 2015

Naschmarkt: Getting it Fresh and Luscious

Austria is the best place for foods and goods. To get the best bargain for these stuffs, Naschmarkt is the place to go.

This place is near Karlsplatz and it is a long strip of stalls and food places. The place is clean and a bit crowded.

The stuffs I saw there were different types of ready to eat wurst (or sausage), several varieties of cheese, chocolates, clothes, souvenirs, European spices and vegetables. Getting these stuffs there is not expensive. 

The restaurants still look fancy and seem to serve delicious foods. Wine, beer and apple juice are always on the menu. 

Here's a glimpse of what you can see at Naschmarkt.


Alley of restaurants in Naschmarkt 

One of the stalls selling meat and cheese products.

The wurst or sausage sold at Naschmarkt

Fruits and veggies on sale

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Stadtpark: Monument to Prominence

One of the places to visit while in Vienna is the Stadtpark. It is a perfectly manicured park where you can see monuments to Austrian people of global prominence in their respective fields.

Among the monuments you can see there and the most prominent perhaps is that of Johann Strauss. I took my photo there as you can see below. 

Me at the Johann Strauss Monument

Johann Strauss is known for his waltzes which dubbed him as the "Waltz King". He was responsible for making waltz popular in Vienna in the 19th century. Among his famous works are "The Blue Danube", "Kaiser-Walzer", "Tales from the Vienna Woods" and the "Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka". 

Within the park is a building in Italian Renaissance style called Kursalon Hubner. It now serves as a music hall featuring repertoire from the works of Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.   

Kursalon Hubner

Friday, December 25, 2015

Katholische Pfarrgemeinde St. Elisabeth

Catholicism is an indomitable Austrian belief. As I wrote in my previous post Austrian landscape is dotted with Catholic Churches.

On my way to Belvedere Palace from Erzherzog Hotel, I passed by the Church of St. Elizabeth. 

The church is more modest as compared to other churches I've been to, but it's simplistic allure is truly welcoming. 

Inside the church you will feel the solemnity of the place which indeed make it a true sanctuary for the searching soul.

The church's facade and bell tower in
Gothic architectural style

Stylish portal

The church interior

Close-up of the altar 

The choir loft with the pipe organ 

The simple pulpit

The Sacred Heart

Statue of St. Elisabeth

Statue of St. Anthony

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Kampung Glam: The Glamour of Malay Heritage

Singapore as a multi-ethnic society is a microcosm of world's culture. 

There are specific places in the island which caters to specific culture such as Chinatown for Chinese, Little India for South Asians and of course Kampung Glam for Malays.  

When you go to Kampung Glam, the most noticeable edifice is the Sultan Mosque. It glitters at night as you can see below.



In front of the Mosque, you can see the marker of Kampung Glam Heritage Trail.


The alley from Arab St. to Sultan Mosque is lined with the following exquisite murals. 









The street leading to the Mosque is lined with shop houses where stuffs from Indonesia, the Middle East and Turkey can be found. There are also restaurants serving Middle Eastern cuisines. 


Indeed Kampung Glam is worth a visit to experience the glamour of Singapore's cultural landscape. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Jesuit Church in Vienna

In a previous post, I expressed my admiration for the Jesuits. When I attended the Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna, I was surprised to learn that the forum's venue Aula der Wissenschaften is just a stone's throw away from the Jesuit Church.  

So I just passed by to pray and see the church's interior. The church indeed is worth a visit. You will see there magnificent paintings depicting biblical scenes as well as significant events or personages of the Society of Jesus.

The church's facade is in Baroque architectural style with its two bell towers. The church's interior is adorned with masterpiece paintings and ornate sculptures. 

The church is grand by any measure for a university church as it serves the souls of the faithful within the auspices of the University of Vienna.  

The facade of the Jesuit Church

The church's magnificent interior

The altar

The church pews

The ornate pulpit

Madonna and the Child

The crucified Christ

St. Ignatius kneeling before Christ

St. Ignatius' vision of the Blessed Virgin

The founding of the Society of Jesus

The founders of the Society of Jesus

Led in prayer

The bishop and his priest

Scene at the temple

Magnificent depiction of heaven in trompe l'oeil style

Trompe l'oeil painting by Andrea Pozzo

Frescoes at the ceiling

The pipe organ

Office of the Jesuit Apostolate

Marker of the Jesuits Street