Dominican Church Vienna

Also know as Saint Maria Rotunda church, built in 1631-1674 this is currently my favourite in Vienna. I keep meaning to go outside and get photographs of the autumn colours but find myself curiously peeking into all the cool, ornate buildings in Vienna’s 1st district.

This church has some fascinating little details which I would love to learn more about, such as the statue close to the doors with the large knife in his head and on the other side the a chubby baby with a veil across its face. I have googled as much as I can but cannot find any information on these details.

I spent a lot longer in this church just walking around and discovering things. I will definitely be revisiting it and I will be taking my visitors here too. I haven’t been in Vienna for long but the city has some amazing things to see and experience.

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The State Hall

I saw pictures of this amazing place long before I moved to Vienna and I wanted to see it. It took me awhile before I actually found it, clearly I don’t have a great sense of direction. I was happy that I kept looking though and I got to see some cool stuff while looking too.

Photographically this place is fantastic. You need to be able to photograph super wide to fit it all in or merge photos after the fact.

All of these photos are made with either the GoPro or the iPhone.

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A new view

It’s weird when I travel I cannot get the camera away from my face. Travel fuels my inspiration and motivation.

You would think that moving country would do the same thing but I find it really hard to find my photographic feet when I find myself living in a new place. It takes a while to “see” what it is I want to photograph. Of course a lot of it has to do with time, moving does take a lot of time, and I mean a LOT of time!

Luckily though it’s been a few months now and I can take a day here and there to go out and about with the camera. This week I took the camera to VotivKirche in the 9th district. I was surprised by how big the church was and the interesting is fascinating. It has a very gothic feel to it and is dark and moody.

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Red

I have been living next to Schrönbrunn Palace now for two weeks and I should have a load of photographs of the place, but I don’t. The move was so tiring that to be honest we have done pretty much nothing for two weeks. The kids have been working hard with their Wolsey Hall school work and I have been – I don’t know really – trying not to loose my mind lol.

We are slowly getting into things though and I know that every single visitor I get here will want to see Schrönbrunn Palace so I am pretty sure I will be seeing a lot of it in the future.

Anyway, I took this photographs early one morning when I decided to walk in the park with my camera instead of going for my morning run. It is a beautiful place and at 6:30am it is peaceful.

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When the colour starts to fade…

Moving country isn’t easy. Well that may be an understatement but hey.

If you are moving from your home country to a new country it can be both daunting and exciting, full of emotion and lots of uncertainty but with a strong dose of adventure.

But what if you are moving back home? How does that feel? Well to be honest I wouldn’t have a clue. That is not something I have done or am ever going to be able to do. I no longer have strong roots.

What I have now is a move from one country that I learnt to love to another country I have yet to love. This will be my 10th country. How does that feel? Well to be honest a little strange. I feel like I should be able to do this, like at this stage I should have a routine to moving. But it doesn’t work like that, every move is different, every country is different and every time you move away it’s different. Pieces of my heart have now been left all over the world. I have stories, memories and history in every place I have been lucky enough to call home.

One thing I do know: I will never stop falling in love and leaving pieces of my heart all over the world, because the other option is not worth it. I want to live in and experience every place with my whole heart and soul.

So far two countries have really made me cry when I left. When I left Turkey I blubbered at the passport control officer, I was in bits and he was so kind and kept telling me that I can come back, it will be ok. When I left Tokyo and I had to sign the forms to say that my residence permit was no longer valid I burst into tears and the poor lady officer behind the counter had no idea what to do with me.

Every place I have lived has shaped me, changed me and taught me things.

So I am sitting here less than two weeks into my new adventure. Everything is new and not all the experiences are pleasant but I know now from experience that I can do this and a lot of what makes moving difficult is in part controlled by mindset. You have to look at the positives, the silver linings and the lights at the end of the tunnel. There are always going to be things that make you think “what the hell am I doing here” but without challenges life would be boring. I remember reading a quote once upon a time and it said something like “In order to tell interesting stories, you have to do interesting things”. So in these first few days where I just want to hide indoors I have to remind myself of this quote often. And suddenly one day everything will be again. The saddest I feel after leaving “home” for another “home” never goes away, but I would always choose the experience of living there than avoiding the difficulty in leaving and saying goodbye.

The world is a truly fascinating place, don’t ever be scared to choose the adventure.

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I think I have forgotten how to blog

I have got to the stage where I think it may be time to close this blog. I am not good at blogging, I forget for months on end that I even have a blog. I question why I think I have anything to say here. But you know it is so nice to have a little visual diary, a timeline with some favourite photos to remember what has been and what was seen.

Our time in Japan is getting shorter and shorter and someday next year I will be in a new place with a new view and how loads of new complications and commitments to deal with. I will for one thing be homeschooling both my kids next year too, I think I may have officially lost my mine but to be honest I am also very excited about it. Change is a good thing. Challenge is a good thing. So I am challenging myself to keep this blog and to make an effort to use it. To start over and use it purely for me. My space to save moments and memories. This is all starting to sound soppy now so I will stop.

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Team Labo Odaiba

Team Labo is a great place to spend an hour or two. Of course though this is Japan so you have to expect a bit of a crowd. It’s good fun though, it is a little dark though so if your kids tend to run off you will need eyes in the back of your head. It’s also really easy to miss a room or two, there are lots of people working there though so ask.

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Staithes by the sea

The first thing that struck me about this town was that it was completely empty, we hardly saw another person. With these cute quirky little cobble street fishing villages that is very strange. I only saw Staithes with the tide out, I would have loved to have seen it with the tide it, I can imagine it is like two different towns.

We stopped at the Cod and Lobster for dinner here and the mussels were delicious!

There is a craft shop in the village and it was a highlight, it had a interesting collection of very creative arts, paintings on stones, pebbles and twigs used with paint to create framed pictures, woollen crafts, jewellery etc.

Staithes in old english means “Landing-Place”. It was once a very busy fishing town with many boats but is now much more of a tourist destination.

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