Vienna Photo Diary + A Few Thoughts on Living in the Moment

Vienna Photo Diary + A Few Thoughts on Living in the Moment
We left Vienna one and a half weeks ago, but if that time were measured by moments instead of minutes, I could say that a lifetime passed since then. During our ride from Munich to Vienna I heard “Let Her Go” by Passenger with the following lyrics, “Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low, only hate the road when you’re missing home; only know you love her when you let her go.” I thought to myself, “How appropriate for such an occasion!”

Like everything else in life, traveling has its pros and cons. What could possibly be bad about having one of your biggest dreams come true, you ask? In the midst of so much life and inspiration I find myself missing what seems like the silliest parts of home. These bouts of nostalgia are especially strong when I’m listening to music during long train rides as heavy rain pounds on the windows. Music tends to have that effect on people, doesn’t it? Or maybe I’m just the sentimental type. Regardless, it’s important to embrace the current season of your life, whatever it may be. Every stage of life, every experience, has its own cause for celebration, and we miss the point by holding on to the past as we wait with anticipation for the future. Have you ever considered the importance of living in the present? What exactly does the phrase “living in the moment” mean to you? What do you do to keep yourself grounded, to remind yourself to embrace your current situation instead of reminiscing about the past or constantly planning for the future? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

Enough of philosophy, let’s talk about what this post is truly about: Vienna. Sights, activities and places I would definitely recommend include a picnic at Schonbrunn Palace {it seems we’ve made it a personal goal to have a picnic at every royal residence we visit}, scrumptious sachertorte {traditional chocolate cake} and a bird’s-eye view of Vienna at Cafe Gloriette, a stroll through the Schonbrunn Palace gardens, the impressive interior of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, musical street performances in Stephansplatz {Vienna is called “The City of Music” for a reason}, the abstract Hundertwasserhaus, a bike ride down the Danube Canal and a traditional meal like the Viennese veal goulash at Bierhof Hopferl.

 

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  3. Wow! Vienna looks beautiful! It’s been on my top 10 of places to go for some time. With a rich culture, architecture and history, it strikes me as an amazing place to visit and your pictures only reinforce that for me! Also, Gustav Klimt is my favourite artist, so the Gustav Klimt museum would be a definite go-to venue for me to visit!

    If you’re thinking of heading to Croatia, take a look at the beautiful island, Hvar. I went there a few weeks ago and it was absolutely beautiful. You can see my pics here: http://vintagetearoses.com/a-vintage-haze-in-coastal-town-hvar-croatia/

    Melissa x

  4. Wow! Vienna, looks beautiful. It’s on my top 10 of places to go for the culture, architecture and art. (Klimt is my favourite artist, so the Gustav Klimt Museum in Vienna would be a definite go-to!)

    Excited to see more from your travels! Also, if you’re heading towards Croatia, go to Hvar! My most recent post is on Hvar and features a little bit of fashion at the end :)

    http://vintagetearoses.com/a-vintage-haze-in-coastal-town-hvar-croatia/

    Melissa x

  5. Wow! Vienna, looks beautiful. It’s on my top 10 of places to go for the culture, architecture and art. (Klimt is my favourite artist, so the Gustav Klimt Museum in Vienna would be a definite go-to!)

    Excited to see more from your travels! Also, if you’re heading towards Croatia, go to Hvar! My most recent post is on Hvar and features a little bit of fashion at the end :)

    http://vintagetearoses.com/a-vintage-haze-in-coastal-town-hvar-croatia/

    Melissa x

  6. Hey Oxi!
    I’m loving your posts.. and your travel stories.. I can relate to some of your frustrations as well as the pleasures. :D
    Can’t wait to possibly see you and give you a big hug from home!
    xo
    ~Vita

  7. Looking lovely as hell.

    And to answer your philosophic question above, I would say that I am not a person of the past, but I do admit that I worry about the future a lot. A LOT. Most of the things I do “in the moment”, I always have thoughts about what will happen in the future and how it would impact it. Not the funnest way to live I know, but this has helped me to do useful things instead of randomly loitering around :)
    I don’t know if it’s a mistaken thought, but I want to travel at a stage in my life where I can just leave everything without worry things will go shipwreck when I get back. I know such stage doesn’t exist, but at least in the near future where I’m more financially established and independent.

    Nadya
    eyeshadow illustrator
    The Dilly Chic

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