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Back to Montréal & Canadian Thanksgiving

We spent a kind of lazy day today! After the long ride back to Montréal, we were sleeping almost until noon. So, we went for brunch to L’Avenue, a very nice restaurant.

Right after brunch we took an afternoon nap 🙂 . And then coffee and cake at Premiere Moisson at Av du Mont-Royal corner Rue Saint-André, exactly the right place to linger around all afternoon long! We stayed there for almost three hours.

Morning Workouts and Breakfast

A daily routine is kicking in… This morning I was running for about an hour at Lullwater Park around Candler Lake which is right next to my apartment. We started at 7.30am, before sunrise. It’s really amazing there – I’ve to take some pictures the next time.

Afterwards, I enjoyed a delicious self-made breakfast and read the The New York Times. Life’s treating me quite well!


Tybee Island and Atlantic Ocean (© Kristina Gugerbauer)

Last weekend we – Kristina, Katrin, Roli and me, four Upper Austrians – went to Savannah. On Saturday we’ve been to Tybee Island on the beach. We saw pelicans and dolphins, were lying on the beach and we enjoyed really a lot of ice cream.

Lafayette Square

Saturday night we had dinner, ribs, at Tony Roma’s. After walking along River Street we played a couple of pool games and tabletop soccer in a small pub – Bayou Café – with live music. They played really awesome music there 🙂

Talmadge Memorial Bridge and Savannah River

On Sunday we walked through the city and did a boat tour (which was actually not bad, but I would not recommend it) along the Savannah River. We enjoyed really good coffee in the morning (they had an espresso machine there) and seafood for lunch at the Cotton Exchange Tavern. Before we went home we crossed the Savannah River–which is the border to South Carolina–just to take a picture from the “Welcome to South Carolina” sign 😉

Welcome to South Carolina!

Enjoy the pictures!

Trip to Vienna: Linz Texas Exhibition

Roof of St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Yesterday a few friends and I went to see the exhibition Linz Texas A City Relates at the Austrian Museum of Architecture in Vienna. After some traditional Austrian lunch at Siebensternbräu we walked up the stairs at the South Tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The view from up there is fantastic; you can see pretty much all over Vienna. Here are the pictures! At about 3pm we started the tour through the Schönbrunn Zoo. Overall, just another lovely and culinary day in Vienna!

Berlin III

Our third day started pretty relaxed at 9.30am. We walked over to the  nearby Imperial Palace Charlottenburg where we participated in an audio tour which lasted around 90 minutes. Afterwards we strolled through the thoroughly maintained gardens which we exited at the northern end and continued our journey from the train station “Jungfernheide”.

Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace

On our way to the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens, Department Store of The West), we took a picture of an Ampelmännchen (little traffic light man), which is an iconic ambassador of Berlin! It became the symbol for the Ostalgie.

Me representing a red "Ampelmännchen" (© Elisabeth Girkinger)
Me representing a red “Ampelmännchen” (© Elisabeth Girkinger)

Unfortunately, the KaDeWe was closed because of the public holiday Pfingstmontag. To the very disappointment of my female co-travelers we just took a few more photos. Anyway… after a decent lunch and some ice cream at the Sony Center, which was just a few stops down the road with the subway, nobody cared anymore :). Luckily, there was a hotspot! I was so glad to have access to the world wide web!

Christina, Elisabeth and The DDR Museum
Christina, Elisabeth and The DDR Museum

After this quite extensive break (because of the hotspot), we visited the DDR Museum which is next to the cathedral. Although it presents serious matter its concept is very entertaining and engaging; it’s fun to visit. After spending about one and a half hour there, we walked along the Spree, Monbijoustraße and Oranienburger Straße to the Hackeschen Höfe (Wikipedia, German available only; official site). After visiting the courtyards full of local shops and boutiques we had coffee at the Ampelmann Café and– luckily again–internet access!

Sony Center and BahnTower at Night
Sony Center and BahnTower at Night

After a short refreshing break back at our hotel we went back to the Sony Center and had dinner together at the Australian restaurant Corroboree. Afterwards we enjoyed a cocktail across the square at Alex. Peter and I had just enough time to capture the impressions with our cameras before we caught the last subway back to our hotel. Elisabeth, Peter and I went out again to have beer and wine at the pub next door where Peter and I were yesterday. It ended up being a very long night…