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Samstag, 24. August 2013

Three Days In Salzburg

As I've already mentioned in my last post some weeks ago, I visited the city of Salzburg from August 4th to 7th. I ordered me the 72h-SalzburgCard so I had a one-time entrance to all the sightseeings for free. I started early in the morning on Sunday, to don't waste any time, my way from Carinthia and first stopped in Grödig to go up with the Untersbergbahn to the top at 1.973m. Best to start a trip like this with a great and fascinating view all around the area of Salzburg. You can also find my previous time-table, with all the links to all the sightseeings, by clicking on the following link: Travel plan Salzburg. My list was quite full, not everything worked as planned, but basically done what was most important to me.


After enjoying the time and view up there, I went back down and drove straight into the city to park my car in the mountain "Kapuzinerberg" parking lot near  the AllYouNeed hotel. Next on my plan was to visit the watergames at Castle Hellbrunn and as the bus ticket was also included in my SalzburgCard only thing I had to do was to get on the right bus. In early August temperature here all over Austria were pretty high and best to do was to jump from shadow to shadow, but in Salzburg it was even hotter, so taking a guided tour through the castle and watergames was a pretty good decision. The tour was really interesting and kind of funny presented too. In the photo below you can see the start point. The guides told a bit about the history of the location and then asked some of the group to come down and take a seat at the table in front. What no one knew was, that there were holes in the stone blocks and the table where water splashed out of, after the guide pulled some strings and everyone sitting there, including me, received some cooling splashes of water :) The park around the castle is quite large and there are also many pools and benches to just relax. Spent some time there too after the tour finished and went on to the Salzburg Zoo. It was already a bit late that day and the zoo is really huge. Clouds came up and it was getting darker, a storm hit Salzburg right after I was back at the hotel, so not that good condition for visiting the zoo but anyhow always worth a visit!


Later that night as the storm has passed by, I wanted to get a view from top of the mountain "Kapuzinerberg" onto Salzburg by night, so I went up through the woods with a torch. Always a bit spooky if one's not familiar with the location, but found a nice place up there at the "Bavarian view" looking to the north-west of Salzburg.


The next day, Monday, I started with going south and stopped at the Mirabell Palace and Gardens, which is a simply wonderful but also good visited location with park and fountain. I decided to come back in the evening to take some photos and went on to the House Of Nature. There you probably could spend a whole day or even more to see everything there. There's a main building and a so-called Science Center which is pretty much interesting. Could write lines but just one thing stunning to mention explicitly. There was an exhibition going on called "Human Footprint" showing high-quality large size satellite images, made by a company called eoVision, which was impressive. Seeing these landscape photographs from high above, really makes you think what humanity is able to do with our planet. In one way the images are fascinating, because of all these geometrical forms, but on the other hand it shows you, what might happen, if we continue doing this for decades.



Tried to see as much as possible in there, I went on in the afternoon to go up the Mönchsberg and got me some delicious dessert and a shandy at the M32. The restaurant is located above the city from where I could take some good photos looking down on the old city of Salzburg and the fortress Hohensalzburg. Up there is also the Museum Of Modern Art, which was worth a visit.


For the rest of ths second day in Salzburg I was just straying through the city, also visited the dome, which was quite impressive. Really like these old buildings from centuries ago and it's achitecture. If you're thinking about the tools they were given, it makes it even more interesting, that they were able to build more beautiful buildings and interior with art masterpieces at no time comparable to ones of our days or what will be build in future times!


In the evening before going back home to the hotel, I took a walk down the river Salzach and again through the gardens of Mirabell palace, wonderful place to end a day, where it started.


On Tuesday, my last full day in Salzburg the plan was to visit the fortress Hohensalzburg in the morning, from where I had a great view again down to the old city of Salzburg and up to the north. Seen a lot in there from the mediaeval times, canons, weapons, instruments of torture, interiors, everything highly interesting. Took a boat tour in the afternoon. Before I went to the Misfits concert at the Rockhouse in the evening, I went up the Kapuzinerberg again, to check a location, where I wanted to take a photo by night. Just wanted to make sure I also find this spot at darkness, cause it's not easy as everything looks different by night. The concert was cool, met also some people from where I live, location was also nice, but they maybe could blow up the "tunnel" some metres more into the mountain, cause there were quite a lot of people, hardly room to see anything. After the concert I went up to the place I inspected in the afternoon and could get a good final nightshot of Salzburg.



On Wednesday morning I packed all my stuff and on the way back home I made a short excursion to Bavaria and Berchtesgaden, as it is not really that far and my chance to soon get there again is not that high. Pretty much tourism around the King's Lake, but simply beautiful nature. If I find time to get there again, I should probably get up early and spend a whole day, take a boat tour across the lake and hike up to Germany's highest waterfall.


Hope you like my photos and description here, wasn't less work and took longer than I expected. If you like, feel free to share, maybe download my images, available in high-resolution zoom-in-able, or if you'd like to see more visit my portfolios! Any support highly appreciated and maybe one day I can surprise you with another story ;)

Donnerstag, 4. Juli 2013

Big and small news from 2013

Seems like I haven't been here for long, so I thought it might be time to write a short udpate ;)

Big news first:
I have finished my bachelor studies in Information Technologies  at the Alpe-Adria University in early April 2013 with my thesis: Kerf Data Checker - A Tool To Improve The Process Of Kerf Generation & Mask Layout at the Lithography department of Infineon Austria in Villach, where I'm still working part time for 20hrs/week till at least end of September this year!



And secondly:
I have decided to do a bit of stock photography. Starting at the end of last year with Shutterstock, iStock and Fotolia.

You can find my portfolios by clicking on the links below:
http://www.shutterstock.com/g/Rene+Pi
http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/9229365/
http://de.fotolia.com/p/202416031


I have now nearly 100 images online in sum at all these 3 agencies and my top seller is my NYC Sky View photo, which has been downloaded more than 170 times since I started and it was also my first photo I uploaded on Shutterstock.

Oh, right, I also forgot to mention, that I have been in New York City last year from May 28th - June 4th, after my 25th birthday, which was really a great experience. Won this one-week trip in a contest sponsored by Microsoft, Austrian Airlines and Bene. Thanks a lot for that. You can find a selection of photo also in one of the albums on my Flickr Portfolio.

Future plans are:
  • Enlarging my portfolios
  • Starting studies again in autumn and
  • Finishing my master studies at least in 2016, though I'm not that motivated right now :)
Gonna visit Salzburg for some days in early August, as I won a 3-night stay in a photo contest of the AllYouNeed Hotels.

If I'm not writing here that often in future, feel free to visit me on my other social networking profiles, to keep in touch if you'd like to get the latest news:
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Montag, 12. September 2011

14. Bauernkirtag in Königsdorf

Am 11. September 2011, ein geschichtsträchtiger Tag, war es wieder soweit und der alljährliche Bauernkirtag in Königsdorf fand statt.

Am Nachmittag/Abend des Vortages wurde schon alles vorbereitet und aufgebaut, Tische, Bänke und Verkaufsstände wurden aufgestellt, für die entsprechende Wasser- und Stromversorgung wurde gesorgt, damit am Sonntag dann nichts mehr schief gehen konnte! 


Am Sonntag Vormittag ging es dann los und alle Betriebe aus der Umgebung verköstigten die Besucher mit ihren Spezialitäten! Es gab u.A. regionale Köstlichkeiten wie z.B. Kürbiscremesuppe, verschiedene Grillwürste, Blutwurstgröstl von Thamhesl's Hofladen, aber auch Schnitzel und Eierschwammerlgulasch. Augeschenkt wurden Weine und Säfte aus der Region, hervorzuheben ist hierbei der "Sturm", auch "Federweißer" genannt!   



Auch für musikalische Unterhaltung war durch den Musikverein Rudersdorf und die Schuhplattler Gruppe Neudau gesorgt. Es gab eine Tombola und auch eine kleine Spielecke sowie eine Hüpfburg für die Kleinsten stand zur Verfügung!


Die Veranstaltung war wie immer ein großer Erfolg und es herrschte ein reges Treiben bis dann auch die Letzten spät in der Nacht wieder Ihren Weg nach Hause fanden. 



Es darf sich schon auf den Bauernkirtag in Königsdorf/Südburgenland/Österreich nächstes Jahr gefreut werden!


Mehr Bilder und auch ein Video gibt es bei Klick auf die nachfolgenden Links zu sehen:

Bauernkirtag Könisdorf 2011 @Youtube 



Sonntag, 4. September 2011

Hiking the Mölltaler Glacier


On this late summers day, it wasn't that warm but not too cold so the ideal weather and temperature to go for a hike. We drove about 1,5 hours west from Radenthein (745 m.a.s.l) into the Mölltal and then up to 1900 m.a.s.l. a quite nice gradient from the valley up to a little beautiful mountain hut which was runned by some kind landlord and landlady! There we asked for a short hiking tour for about 2 hours and the landlord also provided us a very experienced and fit guide, named Karla, as you can see in the picture below.


She lead us up the hills, took some short baths in the streams sideways, hunted a chamois and a grundhog and played tag with a cow!  


We made some short break halfways at another mountain hut to eat some bread with smoked sausage and cheese before our leader took us to a small lake at above 2200 m.a.s.l. where Karla took a bath!



   



After about 3 hours of hiking we came back to our start position the "Patschgeralm-Hütte" and ordered alocal speciality called "Bretteljause" with self made bread, butter, sausages, ham and quark which you really have to try if you are in Carinthia around, it is available at almost every mountain hut, with some different flavour!


Really a nice activity to get the sunday around!

Mittwoch, 17. August 2011

Sauzipf Rocks 11

After 2 years of abstinence, the last Sauzipf Rocks was in 2009, this unique festival took place again in Austria/Carinthia/Döbriach near Millstätter See. For information about the bands which played there and some historical facts, visit the homepage and if you want to get some updates via mail order the newsletter! Everyone couldn't wait to get there! This year, there was a ticket limitation of 1500 2-day-tickets for the first time! The tickets were already sold out some weeks before the festival and a lot of people tried to get some tickets from others who weren't able to come, so the inquiry to take part was quite high! Even a contest was held in the last days before the festival to give away the last tickets to some people.

 On the second festival day on midday it started with the well known "Schweinsaugenweitspucken" contest, which can be translated as "Pig-Eye-Long-Spitting" and more people than ever participated in it. The winner spitted the pig eye over more than 11 metres and some people who hadn't poured enough alcohol down their throat swallowed the eyes to get a bottle of vodka as a present!
To have some more entertainment in the afternoon before the bands started their shows the local Highlander team Mc Stingler organized 3 competitions of the Highland Games which were, "Bierle zupfen", "Bam sagln" and "Maß heben", in english it's called "beer drinking", "wood sawing" and "stein lifting". The participants took part in it in teams of two. Some impressions below!
And for all of you who have the possibility to come and attend Sauzipf Rocks for one time you want to get there each single year of your life, cause you will hardly find a festival with such a extravagant character, non-mainstream music, musicians and people, like this one. And i really have to suggest you to drink there one or even more "Goaß" and also the bartenders are quite handsome there ;)
So I've shown you some pictures and gave you some information about this festival and now it's your choice to come there the next years, but I know you miss something deep inside your heart and it for sure is Sauzipf Rocks, and you will never ever get that hole filled until you've been there ;)
For more pictures check out the links below or the Sauzipf Rocks homepage:

PyranhaPhotography
Sauzipf Rocks Day 1
Sauzipf Rocks Day 2