Last week my family and I went for a little roadtrip through Austria. Our first stop was in Oberkrimml to explore the Krimml Waterfalls. To be honest I didn’t expect too much, because I have already seen a few waterfalls and they didn’t differ from one to another. I was really impressed by the Krimml Waterfalls, because they are the largest ones in Europe and the fifth highest in the world. It was really refreshing to walk next to the water and enjoy the views at the numerous viewing points along the path.
I spent my most beautiful summer holidays in Scandinavia. I believe that enjoying small things during your vacation and committing to the pleasure of the present moment is making a holiday extraordinary. Whether it’s a specific feeling, the wideness of the country, the creativity of the Scandinavian cities or the sounds of waves – I am delighted with the north.
During my holidays I love to capture those precious moments with my camera and try to take those deeply felt feelings back home.
When Lina from Once Upon asked me if I would like to create a photo book with their app, I immediately knew that it will be about my last summer holidays. I am a bit nostalgic when thinking back of them, because they felt like a fairytale dream.
Once Upon is a company from Skellefteå/Sweden with the aim to create an app that makes it easy and fun to save memories. They offer three photo book versions: a “casual” (20x20cm, softcover), a “compact” (20x20cm hardcover) and a “classic” (27x27cm, hardcover) one.
Creating a photo book always takes a lot of time and usually when you are coming back home from abroad you are busy doing your laundry, stowing away your clothes and you are getting back to work. What I really like about the Once Upon app is that you can work little by little on your book. Most of the time I have taken a few hundred photographs during my holidays and it can feel intimidating to create a photo book entirely. With Once Upon you can divide your book into entries and as you are creating your book on your phone it also allows you to work on those chapters wherever and whenever you want. The minimalistic design of the book is aesthetically pleasing and helps you to find the right balance between your pictures and the white space. Another great feature of this determined layout is that you don’t need to worry that the type size of your text is too big or too small. As I am a huge fan of matte photo book pages, I am pleased you can choose between semi-gloss or silk matte paper – you just have to keep in mind that the matte version is a little bit more expensive than the semi-gloss one. The print quality is really good and I can warmly recommend using this app. For this book I chose the classic version and for me it was really helpful to read the information about the cover, layout and the prizes on their support page beforehand.
Whenever the longing for Scandinavia gets too big, I take a look at this lovely book and it immediately brings me back to this beautiful summer and its precious moments.
So far it was always the charm of a city and its attractions that made me want to extend my holidays, but the last days turned around my vacation expectations. It was definitely the hotel that made me want to stay for a couple of more days. It all started with a voucher for a stay in Vienna as a belated birthday gift and ended as one of the most exciting short trips I have ever done in my home country: Our journey led us to a totally different world offered by an incredible hotel – we spent 25hours in Vienna.
The 25hours hotel is a circus themed hotel in the middle of Vienna, near the MuseumsQuartier. DREIMETA - an Augsburg based design team - created this colourful hotel which is definitely a place for sensations. The first time I have heard of this hotel was in association with Manfred Baumann who did a photo shoot with Conchita Wurst. I remembered the brightly coloured rooms with those amazing wallpapers from Berlin illustrator Olaf Hayek.
I think it’s the passion for details that makes this hotel extraordinary. There are different sized rooms with various wallpapers and interior. I really love the personal touch: You can find plenty of books about art, graphic design or fashion, but also their own magazine named Companion as well as a Bluetooth speaker in your room. Listening to my favourite music makes me always feel like home – which is definitely not a bad thing when you are travelling. I am not a sporty person, but the available sports equipment (hula hoop, yoga mat and juggling balls) turned me into a (clumsy) circus performer. It was so much fun to experiment with these things – even during the early morning hours.
Also the aspect of sustainability filled me with enthusiasm. 25hours hotels support companies like “Stop the water while using me” who – in this particular case – are drawing attention to protect water and saving money for Good Water Projects to bring clean water to those who otherwise would not have access to it. Also a part of each online booking on 25hours-hotels.com goes towards supporting water projects in Nepal.
Not only our room, but also the hotel itself invited us to an exploring journey. As a photographer I really loved the wall with the old Polaroid cameras at the entrance hall. Also the Mermaid’s Cave (a sauna, steam bath and fitness room) in the basement as well as the Dachboden bar with a view over the rooftops of Vienna was worth a visit. If you like burgers as much as I do, I can recommend you the Burger de Ville summer garden. There is also a little shop at the reception area where you can buy lovely stuff like the Schlaffant, a cuddly stuffed elephant.
This was definitely not my last stay at a 25Hours hotel and I hope I am able to explore different concepts in other cities in the future.
Our TOP 3
Top 3 Places:
The Panorama Suite at sunrise (room no. 613), 1500 Foodmakers outdoor breakfast, Dachboden bar at evenings
Top 3 Details:
The scent of the showergel, the book "Banksy in New York", Kipferlkoch at the breakfast
Top 3 Soundtrack:
"Nothing but love" (by The Bloody Beetroots feat. Jay Buchanan), Live Version of "Just for Tonight" (by James Bay), "Zirkus" (by Mia.)