Embracing tree しがみつく木

Look at this picture. A tree is embracing a streetlight pole! I sometimes come to this park but until now I had only noticed the tree itself. I know that there are plants raking around things and I find this to be one funny example.


In German it is written “Trichtertrompete”. The Latin botanical name is “Campsis radicans”.

 ドイツ語では"トリヒタートロンペーテ"。"トリヒター"は「じょうご」、"トロンペーテ"は「トランペット」のことだと思います。ラテン語名は"カンプシス ラディカンス"。

Behind the tree you can see “Haus des Meeres”. During wartime this building was used for anti-aircraft-cannons.It was so massively built that it was extremely hard to demolish. In Vienna there are some buildings of this kind. This one in the 6th district was renovated and was converted to an Aquarium.

  木の後ろに見えている建物は「ハウス デス メーレス(海の家)」といいます。第二次世界大戦中造られた、敵軍の戦闘機を撃ち落とすための建造物です。非常に頑丈に造られているため、取り壊すことが困難だとか。ウイーンにはこのような建造物がいくつか残されています。この、6区のものは、中を改造し、「水族館」として再利用されています。

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, September 2021 in Vienna

My favourite pond in Vienna ウイーンで一番好きな池

This pond is close to the U2 station “Krieau”. The area was newly constructed and there are offices, Hotels, Vienna exhibition, etc. and also some residential properties. This pond was constructed together with the surrounding area. This place is called “Viertel Zwei”. It was designed quite well and between modern buildings this pond seems like an oasis. I sometimes go there to sit close to the pond under willow trees to listen to music, read some books and spend some time. Of course I can only do that during warm seasons and so in Winter I do not come here. Recently I came here and thought how many more times I could come. You can see some pictures of the area where I took the pictures that day.


Typical plants in Fall season

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, September 2021 in Vienna

Prater at the end of Summer 夏の終わりのプラター公園

In Vienna it is still nice and warm weather. My husband and I after some time went to Prater again for a walk. Because it was a regular weekday and school had started already, there were not too many people around. I almost never get on any fast rides, I have no courage for that. I do however like to watch others get tortured by those machines. I do not understand that feeling but I see that those people enjoy themselves on the rides and that makes me happy. We went slowly through Prater and savoured the atmosphere. Below you can see some pictures.


All children love ponies.
Vivid colours are typical for amusement parks.

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, September 14th 2021 in Vienna

For the end of Summer 夏の終わりに

In Vienna the weather has been nice for some days now. Daytime maximum temperature has been above 20 degrees with a blue sky… Many people are about and surely they have the same feeling as I of wanting to enjoy the rest of Summer. It is a somewhat mixed feeling of being pressured to be active on one side but accepting defeat on the other hand. Somewhat painful but also kind of sweet… Of course Summer will return eventually and thinking about that one gets calmed. One feels that we live in cycles of seasons…

 ウイーンではこのところ良いお天気が続いています。最高気温は20度を超え、清々しい青い空… 誰もが私と同じように、残りの夏を楽しもうとしているようです。何となく、焦りと諦めの感情が混ざり合っている気がします。痛いけれどもちょっと甘いような感じ… もちろん、夏はまた巡ってくるわけで、それを思うと心が落ち着きます。私達はみんな、季節の循環の中に生きているのだと、しみじみ感じます。

A new big hanging object appeared over the central square at Museumsquartier. Depending on the light and the weather, the colours appear different and it is quite beautiful.


Now is the chance to cool down in the mist.


Pictures by Yuka Simeno, September 2021 in Vienna

Ivy invasion 蔦の侵略

Here in Vienna Summer is almost over. Ivy grew tremendously, its lush green is beautiful. But soon the colour will change, leaves will fall… To me it looks like Ivy holding on to Summer…

 ここウイーンでは、夏はもう終わりに近づいています。蔦が力強く繁り、その緑が美しいです。しかし、じきに色が変わり始め、やがて葉は落ちる… 私には、蔦が夏にしがみついているように見える気がします…

Even the Escape Room billboard gets invaded by Ivy. If Fall does not come soon, one cannot escape…


I look forward to Ivy turning into red and I want to enjoy the changing of colour until the leaves fall.


Pictures by Yuka Simeno, September 2021 in Vienna

What flower beds tell us 花壇が告げてくれること

Flower beds on the streets in Vienna are so pretty. Those types are quite new and perhaps last year they had their debut. Many different types of plants were planted and each season their growth shows are the passing of seasons. I think the choice of plants is quite clever and well thought out. In Spring the first types emerge from the soil, grow and then blossoms come out, other plants emerge… Passing by, one can make new discoveries and this brings joy to our eyes. Plants grow and slowly we transition to barren Winter. Even though it is in the city, the cycles of nature become visible and can be felt. Plants are integrated naturally into the city which calms our senses. And right now flower beds are already beginning to show the face of Fall…

 ウイーンの道端の花壇はとても素敵です。新しいスタイルの花壇で、昨年ぐらいからのお目見えです。いろんな種類の植物が、その成長で、私たちに移りゆく季節を教えてくれます。植物の種類がとても素敵で、よく考えて選ばれていると思います。春に一番のりで芽を出した植物が育っていき、やがて花を咲かせる頃、次の種類が伸び上がってくる… 通りかかる度に新しい発見が私たちの目を楽しませてくれます。植物は成長し、盛え、そして枯れて冬に戻る。街の中であっても、自然の循環を目の当たりし、感じることができるのです。植物が私たちの生活に溶け込み、心を慰めてくれます。そして今、花壇は秋を垣間見せているようです。

The door in the background is pretty, Jugendstil I suppose.向
A short break surrounded by flowers

Pictures by Yuka Simeno (except the last one), September 2021 in Vienna

Meet an Eisfuchs in Vienna ウイーンでアイスフックスに会おう

Everybody loves Eisfuchs! 皆大好きアイスフックス

In the 7th district of Vienna on Neubaugasse there is “Eisfuchs”. “Eisfuchs” in German means “Polar Fox”. But no, this is not a story about a zoo. Instead it is about a small ice cream shop. Quite small in fact so if you don’t pay attention, it is easy to just pass it by. From the other side of the street, a big advertisement with “Eisfuchs” is clearly visible. Here in Vienna there are many Italian ice cream shops. Also there are some ice cream shops such as Vegan or other special ice cream varieties, etc. This “Eisfuchs” seems to be Austrian locally produced ice cream. If that might be a mistake please excuse it but I have not seen “Eisfuchs” anywhere else in Vienna. Inside the shop there is a sign “Ice cream from local production”. When I pass by I usually buy a cone or a cup and enjoy it. Yesterday I chose two flavours. One was “Nectarine with green tea “and the other was “Walnut and fig”. “Nectarine with green tea” was very fresh and fruity. “Walnut and fig” was sumptuous and had a distinct fragrance of Walnut and figs added depth to the taste. That was very delicious! When you are in Vienna, I recommend you try “Eisfuchs”.


Pictures by Yuka Simeno, August 2021 in Vienna

In Italy again…at last!やっと再びイタリアに!

Sitting on a bench in front of Gabiano castle.

For the past 6 years my husband and I have been studying classical singing with an Italian Maestra. That is why we go to see her in Northern Italy from Vienna. The last time we went was December 2019 and back then we could never have imagined that we would not be able to see her again for some time. You do know that the situation became quite difficult and we had to wait for a long time until it finally improved. And so finally last week we went to Italy again!

First we were very happy that our teacher and our friends were all in good health and we were so happy about seeing them again. How familiar it all felt! I had a kind of feeling that all of us experienced this same difficult situation and felt so grateful to be healthy. The city also did not look any different and as usual some people sit on benches enjoying human interaction. That made me very happy. Ever since I have been going to Italy regularly, I got the feeling that communication and interaction with other people is very important for them. Approaching and talking to people without hesitation, etc. that is how Italian everyday life goes. This way of life is not really foreign to me because my grandmother who raised me had this similar kind of mentality. That is why I like this aspect of Italy very much. And when I imagine those past dark days my heart really breaks. People had to be at home for days or even months, which brings no joy of living. I hope that this kind of situation never ever comes again.

We used some spare time to go to Castello Gabiano again, where we last went in March of 2019. According to our memory from back then we went for a short walk. Below you will find some pictures.




View from the place we stayed at in Chivasso.

Pictures by Yuka Simeno (except the ones with me in them), August 2021 in Italy

New fountain at Neubaugasse (Richtergasse)ノイバウ通り(リヒター通り)の新しい噴水

I found a new fountain at Neubaugasse in Vienna. It is right in front of a newly constructed bench. Three small fountains come from three outlets at alternating intervals. Since there is no border between the fountain and the street, everyone can come really close to it. Yesterday I sat on the bench in front of the fountain to rest and was enjoying the playful water action. Because it is so close to the bench, one can feel the water hit the feet when there is strong wind. I think that is a nice summer attraction.

Today I sat on a different bench a little farther away from the fountain and was observing the water from a distance. A small girl with her mother was sitting in front of the fountain. The child was interested in the fountain and went right to it with bare feet. She stepped on the water and had a lot of fun playing there. Some time later a child who was a little older came by with her father, took off her shoes and joined the other child right at the fountain. I presume they did not know each other but they played together like good friends which was rather cute to look at.

After they had left, two dogs and their owner came by and showed a lot of interest in the fountain. The interval of water coming out suprised the dogs and they were eagerly awaiting the next salvo of water. During about 30 minutes while I was there, other dogs as well enjoyed the playful water action.

I felt that there was quite a peaceful and enjoyable mood on that Summer day.





Seen from the opposite perspective.
Strong Summer sun makes the plants grow gorgeously.

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, August 10th 2021 in Vienna