Vienna – A City Of Culture and Style!

In my mind Austria has been an elitist. With its rich and gilded palaces, ostentatious public buildings, green and manicured parks, public areas and Kaffeehaus, Vienna is definitely soaked in culture, style, and snobbery.

The largest city in Austria, the Capital is bewitching with its churches, castles, and natural beauty. The Donauturm Tower; the St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom); the Schnoburnn Castle (I discovered why it is the most famous tourists’ attraction in Austria); the Naschmarkt (this flea market is a maze of shops and offers some really beautiful items, spices etc); the Belvedere Palace (Schloss Belvedere); the Hofburg Imperial Palace; and Museum Quarter (MuseumsQuartier Wien) with its outstanding views of Vienna its truly a trigger happy photographer’s choicest destination in Vienna are truly divine!

Vienna has a very high quality of life, a stable political environment, and a flourishing economy and earned the #4spot on the International Quality of Life survey and the #1 spot in the EU list of capital cities. The three things, in my opinion, that have propelled Vienna to such dizzying heights of stardom are related to its layout, culture, and lifestyle. For starters, the layout of Vienna is very convenient and traveller friendly. With old town as District 1; the Ring Road encircling it and the Gurtel Road making up for District 2-9, it’s easy to find your way around Vienna.

The second most important aspect is the culture. Much to my delight, Vienna loves its coffee culture, and I love my cuppa too! In fact, I often heard Viennese say “Let’s go for a coffee.” Despite the rude incursions by American Coffee Giant – Starbucks, and several Italian espresso bars, the Kaffeehauses of Vienna still make a mean cup of coffee. It’s the favourite pastime in Vienna and I fell in love with the idea too.

And finally, the obsession with death and the burial in Vienna is fascinating to say the least. The site is the Zentralfriedhof (Central Cemetery), the mourning music and lyrics combination is Schrammelmusik, and the Sterbevereine (funeral insurance societies) organize the funerals for the dead with dead people’s life savings. So a visit to the Bestattungsmuseum, a mortuary science museum is a must.

Go on, dip into some Mozart, relax your soul, and enliven your senses in Vienna!

Sightseeing a Beautiful City – Don’t Miss Florence Landscapes

FORTE BELVEDERE Forte San Giorgio, called Forte Belvedere (nice-seeing) for its wonderful sight, was committed to Buontalenti by Ferdinando I, to protect the city and the granducal family, that could reach the fortress from Palazzo Pitti crossing the Boboli gardens. During the summer, you find a huge red inflated sofa where you can sit admiring the wonderful panorama! Forte Belvedere can be reached by bus number 13 from Florence central train station S.M.N.

FIESOLE A small village on a hill overlooking Florence (near the city stadium)…it takes only 5 minutes to reach but it seems like a completely different part of the world. Climbing up to San Francesco church (on the top of Fiesole) there is probably the most breathtaking view of Florence. Moreover, you might take another street and go up from the end of viale Righi (the street is called via del Salviatino)…then you can reach Fiesole through a really impressive panoramic way. Fiesole can be reached by bus number 7 from Florence central train station S.M.N.

PIAZZALE MICHELANGELO This one is pretty famous. A large square with a marvellous view of Florence, on a small hill on the bank of the Arno River (so you can enjoy a sight of Ponte Vecchio). It has a copy of Michelangelo’s David and a lot of caf├ęs, as well as some beautiful gardens named after the flowers like Iris and Rose Garden. Piazzale Michelangelo can be reached by bus number 13 from Florence central train station S.M.N.

The Belvedere in New York: Deep Inside Theaterland

In the middle of Manhattan, just the reference to the district in the heart of New York, is sufficient to send a chill up the spine of any theatre lover. You see, this is the core of the Theater District, Times Square and of course, Broadway.

Appropriately in the middle of all these we have the Belvedere Hotel found on West 48th Street. The Belvedere Hotel in New York offers four hundred guest rooms and a glance into the world of the 1930s with all facilities of course.

Belvedere is among those pretty artistic deco buildings – the 1930s age – owned by the Empire Hotel Group, and is among the five hotels in the group, in the district. Belvedere, from the Italian meaning Lovely look, may not offer you a forest scenery vista; but great old downtown New York feeling.

The sensation with artistic decorations furnishings begin at the reception and here, a very friendly doorman will meet and receive you and assist for the purpose of making your check-in smooth. If, however, waiting will be necessary to check in, you will wait in luxury, sitting in luxurious, curved sofas. Here you can see the hurly-burly of a active hotel. Yes, just like in movies. It is not hard to drink in that environment if you can see the decorative agate masonry; the magnificent, gilt-colored lift doors as well as the gorgeous brickwork direction badge on the floor.

Though the guestroom imitates the style of 30s, they are as current and as comfortable as can get. They are open in site of the inadequate area the historical hotel structure and city area appears to have. You will have pre-war allure along with very fast internet connection, cable, refrigerator and microwaves. Marble-decorated toilets, give impressive massage showers as well as the supplementary bits and pieces like courtesy shampoos and soaps.

If Belvedere in New York happens to be your stopover accommodation while on business, then you’ll be provided with the own service business office with fax and internet connection.

Breakfast moments means taking advantage of the Hotel’s gourmet brekkie every single sunrise. Given that the Belvedere Hotel is slap-bang astounding in the Restaurant Row area, you may desire to eat in the Hotel’s evening restaurant, Churrascaria Plataforma, catering Brazilian-style meals as well as Brazilian music weekly.

You are simply a short distance away to the sensational Theater district, Restaurant Row and the girl and boy joys in Manhattan Island.

The Belvedere is a 100 percent non-smoking hotel.