Prater amusement park, Vienna

In my previous post I mentioned the Prater amusement park. It is a massive amusement park just outside the city centre of Vienna. It is easily a 5km loop around the outside of the park, so it can keep you busy (and on your feet) for quite some time!

It has the usual assortment of roller-coasters, scary rides, children rides, food & DRINIS. For us an hour wondering around was plenty of time to spend there (entrance is free but you pay for the rides), but if you love amusement parks you could easily spend the entire day here.

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I’m not sure if he is very happy

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Viennese food for sale

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Scary ride – looks like lego blocks to me

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Haunted houser

Wine in Aegina

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This is how you get a carafe of wine in Aegina – a simple copper cup and a small glass. While the cup may not look very big, it holds a healthy 500ml wine. And the Greek wine is surprisingly good; very light and refreshing. And unlike South African wine the alcohol is only around 11% or so, not the crazy 14-15% of our red wines. I could get quite used to this wine!

Butterflies on the wall

Butterflies and a big heart are the perfect way to end off the year…

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I met Sanea today on my traditional New Years Eve morning run to Kalk Bay. She was busy creating this amazing urban art using the outside wall of Olympia bakery as her canvas, and tiny-little paper butterflies as her ink.

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It turns out that she offers free yoga classes to children at no cost, and uses her art to raise funds to cover the costs. I think that any form of exercise for children is good (and for adults); especially something like yoga that trains both the body and the mind, strengthening us and teaching us self-awareness.

Her butterflies have been known to land all over the place, so keep looking out for them. Below is her flyer, and you can find out more about her project on Facebook.

ps: the Snapscan link should work online if you scan it…

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Pistachio nuts

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Aegina is the European home of pistachio nuts. Every shop has them for sale, and if you talk to the owners they will tell you that the nuts are grown on their family trees (excuse the pun). But when you start to wonder around the island you start to realise that it is true. There are pistachio trees grown all over the island, and it is difficult to walk down a street without your feet crunching on nuts that have quite literally fallen on the ground.

And its not just the nuts that you can buy, you can buy pistachio nut bars, pistachio ice-cream, pistachio nuts soaked in honey, raw pistachio nuts, roasted pistachio nuts, with salt, without salt…you get the idea.

And in the restaurants you will almost certainly be given a small bowl to nibble on while waiting for your meal.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus was build in 161 AD, and is still used as a theatre today. That probably makes it one of the oldest theatre in the world. The oldest is the Theatre of Dionysius – right next door, If you walk to the top of the Acropolis you will see a wonderful view of the theatre.

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