Dreaming blossoms 夢見る花々

It is still cool here in Vienna but some trees are already blossoming. They appear to be dreaming of their time in full bloom. ウィーンはまだ寒い日が続いています。しかし、すでに気の早い花をつけている木もちらほら。春爛漫を夢見て咲いているかのようです。

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, February 2024 in Vienna

Schaumrollen from Groissböckグロイスベックのシャウムロッレ

Giant Schaumrollen decoration at Groissböck. 巨大なシャウムロッレのデコレーション

During a walk I stumbled upon a shop of Groissböck. It is a Viennese bakery chain store. There used to be one located on Mariahilferstrasse in Viennaclose to where I live. This bakery is well known for its “Schaumrolle”. This is a pie exterior filled with egg white merengue. I love this sweets and I often bought it there. Sadly the shop on Mariahilferstrasse is no longer there and ever since I had no opportunity to find another Groissböck shop. Recently however by chance I found one! It is located next to the Underground station “Meidling Hauptstrasse”. I find it curious that I often waited for a bus on the opposite side of the street and I never noticed the existence of a Groissböck shop there. Immediately I got one Schaumrolle with a coffee and how delicious it was! 散歩中、偶然グロイスベックの支店を見つけました。ウィーンにあるお菓子屋さんの一つです。昔はマリアヒルフ通りに支店があり、我が家から近かったので、よくここの名物「シャウムロッレ」を買ったものです。筒状に焼いたパイに、卵白からできた中身が詰まっています。私はこれが大好きなのですが、残念ながらもう随分前にお店は閉まってしまいました。しかし、最近偶然にも「マイドリング ハウプト通り」の地下鉄の駅に隣接している建物に、グロイスベックの支店を見つけたのです。ここの直ぐ前の通りの向こう側で、よくバスを待っていることがあったのに、存在に全く気がつきませんでした。私は大喜びで店に入り、コーヒーとシャウムロッレを美味しく頂きました!

Pictures by Yuka Simeno (except the bottom one), February 2024 in Vienna.

Fire station Mariahilf マリアヒルフの消防署

During a walk I found a fire station in the 6th district of Vienna (Mariahilf). Quite a large and impressive building with beautiful architecture. It was built between 1912 and 1914 in Jugendstil fashion. This is not only for the 6th district but a larger area. 散歩をしていて、ウィーン6区(マリアヒルフ)の消防署を見つけました。大きくて人目につく美しい建物です。1912〜1914年に建てられたそうで、ユーゲントスティール様式です。6区だけでなく、広い範囲の消防を担っているとのことです。

The corner has a fireman statue on display. 角に消防士の像が建っています。

Next to the fire station a park was built. It is called “Fritz-Imhoff-Park” and I spotted beautiful flowers there. 消防署の隣は公園になっていて、花壇に美しい花が咲いていました。

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, February 25th 2024 in Vienna.

Winter in Kochi (3) 高知の冬(3)

Look at how beautiful these flowers are! These pictures were taken in January in Kochi (Japan). Flowers are blooming beautifully in splendid colours. Can you believe that this is Winter? この美しい花をご覧ください!これらの写真は、1月に私が高知で写したものです。綺麗に咲いた色とりどりの花々。これが冬だなんて思えますか?

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, January 2024 in Kochi (Japan).

Winter in Kochi 高知の冬

In my hometown Kochi in Japan even in Winter there are many beautiful plants. When shining the sun is strong and feels good. Here I show you some pictures of beautiful plants I took while taking walks.


Pictures by Yuka Simeno, Dec/Jan 2023/2024 in Kochi, Japan.

Fantastic city, my hometown Kochi 最高の私の故郷高知

Kochi Castle wall 高知城の城壁

From mid December until the end of January I was in Japan. For business I travelled a bit but most of the time I spent in my hometown Kochi. This city is located at the Southern coast of Shikoku, embraced by the Pacific Ocean. The fantastic climate which I love from my heart can only be understood living there. By showing some pictures I want to give you a small glimpse into it.


One entry bridge to Kochi Castle. 高知城への入り口の橋

When I was very small, my grandparents and I were often waiting for my mother in the afternoon. I remember only vaguely but I still see the image of my mother approaching me along the river waving her hand and calling my name.


Ducks at Jousei park 城西公園の鴨

Pictures by Yuka Simeno, Dec/January 2023/2024 in Kochi, Japan