once upon a time
The Life Of The Brandls
2004 - 2005 - 2006
|Silvester: As the years ago we
were invited to Sarah and Christian. This year her brother
with his girlfriend were together too.
|Xmas: Celebrating christmas at
home, at Grandma's, with relatives and friends ...
|Christkindlmarkt & Krippenausstellung Rathaus: A
visit to the christmas market and small nativity scene exhibition in
front of our town hall.
|Weihnachtsbasteln: Some products made by "The Brandl Family" (reg.pend, tm, (c) & so on)|
|Adventmarkt Schloß Hof: Another
event at the summer palace of Prinz Eugene - a christmas
Grandma and we made a visit there.
|Gospel Votivkirche: Short
description: Outside the church - icecold, inside the church - freezing
cold, music & performance - hot!
|Annabel Birthday: Time
passes soo fast ...
|Christmas Tree at the Donauzentrum:
A christmas tree entirely made from LEGO blocks. Nine meters tall,
6300 kg heavy, a diameter of five meters and built from 250.000 LEGO
Duplo bricks! Impressive, most impressive!
|Turkey at Peter's: We were
invited for a rostad turkey, yummy!
|Game Festival Vienna:
Every year there is a large game festival at the Uno City in Vienna.
Three days time to try every board game for free. For the first time I did one of my Robot Challenges for demonstration there.
|Halloween: Every year this is
one of Brandl's bank holidays, a must be!
|"Bricking Bavaria", München:
I had an invitation to an exhibition of LEGO buildings of adult LEGO
fans near Munich, Germany. As Munich is only 450 km from Vienna and as
we all like this town Sissy and Michael attended this exhibition.
|Portraits of Terry & Annabel:
have a look ...
|Open Doors and Fleamarket at the Burgtheater:
The Burgtheater, the theatre opposite the town hall, had one of
those rare occasions where the doors are open to the public to stroll
around and have a look
|The Anual Quilt Exhibition at the Kardinal König hall: A visit to an impressive exhibition!|
|Kite Festival at Schloß Hof:
This was the first kite festival at this place. It was
nice to see all the kites beside the palace.
|Night of the Museum: Once a year
there is a "Night of the Museum" here in Austria. There
you can admit several museum with one ticket during the whole night
until 01:00 in the morning. So Terry, Annabel, Sissy
and me did the Ernst Fuchs Villa, the National History Museum,
a house of wax and the National Library.
At the National History Museum there was a guided tour on the roof. You had a marvelous look over Vienna at night!
|Grandma's Birthday: Celebrating
the birthday of Omama!
|Comix Trade Fair / Star Wars:
As we know the organizer of the Comix Trade Fair in Vienna he
asks if we can attend that trade fair dressed as Star Wars
characters. Happy to meet each other again Star Wars fans from Germany,
Switzerland and Austria arrived for a day here in Vienna.
|Night of the Research: As
similar nights before the topic of this night was research. Each
facility, either school, university, planetarium or whatsoever, was
opened until past midnight.
|Oldtimer Rally: On our way to
the planetarium during the "Night of the Research" we stopped
at this rally. Nice old cars!
|Hunt for the pumpkin: Every year
we are searching for the finest examples of different pumpins, large and
orange or small and brown, not to forget those thin green ones or those
white ones, looking like an UFO ...
|Fruit Basket: My first price at
a lottery, a fruit basket fresh from the market. To be collected at our
town hall ...
(medieval times festival): During one weekend in September the whole
town of Eggenburg changes into an old medieval times town. There
are wooden "town walls" where you have to pay to enter the
town. On the marketplace and on several other places are crowds of
medieval dressed people, simulating the times of old.
This year Terry and Annabel were dressed correct!
|Schoenbrunn Zoo: Sissy
had a day off at Schönbrunn zoo ...
|Harry Potter Event: Once
a year Terry celebrates a festival for Annabel's
This years motto once again was Harry Potter! So Annabel and her friends experienced a whole school day at Hogwarts, teachers, lessons and exams included!
|AniNight: A three days
convention for cosplay people united in the interest of Manga
Annabel and her friends have been there ...
|Burgruine Landsee: After our visit to Burg Forchtenstein we discovered the remains of Burg Landsee. This was also former property of the Esterhazy's but was destroyed centuries ago. Nowadays an association tries to rebuild parts of the castle.|
|Burg Forchtenstein: This
castle was part of a round trip in Burgenland. First we visited Burg
Forchtenstein where the family of Esterhazy had a large
treasure chamber. There we had a guided tour through the castle.
|Steam Traction Engine Rally: Once
a year all those steam engine people here in Austria gather themself
somewhere on a field to celebrate tha anual Steam Traction Engine Rally.
Full steam ahead!
|Schloß Hof: This has been
the palace where Prinz Eugen von Savoyen stayed during summer.
After years of wildness they decided to restore that building to its
origin beauty. The buildings were fixed, furniture repaired and the
This now is the venue for future events ...
|Sea Roses at our garden: A very
good season this year!
Celebrating old friends ...
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Animexx: Annabel and
her friends preparations for the oncoming cosplay event, the Aninight
On the way home from Disneyland Paris we made a one day stop
at Legoland Guenzburg near Munich..
Disneyland Paris: This
was our fourteenth, fifteenth or whatever visit to Disneyland. It
is our all time high location in Europe.
So we stayed for seven days in Paris ...
gas ballon for soghtseeing
a lighthouse at the Newport Bay Hotel
do you have
something to eat?
our friend from
under the castle
Minnie on tour
Annabel Regina Stitch
Annabel's active days at
school: Dozens of weird girls together for one week.
Quilts and Patchwork Exhibition Klosterneuburg:
The task was to show sunflowers on all these quilts ...
Night of the churches: For the
first time there was the "Lange Nacht der Kirchen" (long night
of the churches) in Vienna. There have been 1200 events in nearly
all of the churches in Vienna. We visited ten churches during the
night, the last one after midnight.
Church St. Anton von Padua
where we made a trip
up to the dome
not much between us and the abyss
a view from the top
into the church
up the dome
Kirche am Hof
Kirche am Hof
Kirche am Hof
where craftsmen showed some techniques of restoration a church
where we visited the crypt of the monks
... the church
Padre St. Anton von Padua
Konzert für Europa, Schloß
Schönbrunn: For the second time there was a classic open air
concert in front of
Schönbrunn Castle. The "Wiener Philharmoniker" with conductor Zubin Metha played a variety of songs:
2. Ouvertüre 1812/ P. I. Tschaikovsky
3. Nimrod aus Enigma Variation / Elgar
4. Carmen Vorspiele / Bizet
Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 / P. I. Tschaikovsky
6. Semper Fidelis / J. P. Sousa
7. Stars & Stripes Forever/ J. P. Sousa
it was FREEZING cold!
a view from the Gloriette
a view from the castle
Lang Lang and
Mothers Day with Sissy
and Oma ...
Kahlenberg near Vienna:
A view from Kahlenberg over the city of Vienna.
the building site of the new hotel
the Uno-city, the Danube, some districts of Vienna
Mittelalterfest (medieval times festival): The first medieval
festival this year started at the Böhmischen Prater, an
amusement park in Vienna.
Annabel's Firmung: After
half a year of confirmation lessons Annabel got the sacrament of
Annabel and her sponsor
Hans, Annabel and Terry
and Dr. Landau
(Leader of Caritas)
meal at Karin and Barbara
made of Teresa
Annabel and Terrys gift:
a poison ring
half of the people
and here - especially for Brigitte:
an applecake with honeydrops
and after all ...
... a visit at the Prater
floating at the Donaujump
and another turn at the roller coaster ...
Terry's sporting holidays at
school: Terry was one week near the Kloppeiner See for
some sporting activities. From possible sports like biking, surfing or
golfing she deceided to take climbing lessons ...
recreation at the pool
... up ...
... and away!
Dolls and Toy Museum Baden:
A small but well equipped private owned museum. Many dools,
dollshouses, bears and other toys on two floors inside a small house
near the casino.
A trip to Baden near
Vienna, Casinopark: In the beautiful city of Baden near Vienna
is the large Casinopark, named after a nearby casino where you can play
at theRoulette-, Black Jack- or Baccaratable.
now is that a huge ball?
the Casino Baden
Lanner and Strauß
entrance to a cave
a view to the old town
Sissy & Michael 25th
wedding aniversary: Some impressions ...
A tour to Lower Austria: A
visit to a large fleamarket at Aspern and Großenzersdorf ...
other fleas ...
"Freiheitsplatz" at Aspern
Türkenschantzpark: A visit to a
large park at the discrict where my parents live ...
a lookout tower
erected from our last emperor,
sadly closed theses days
To Be or
Not To Be
- that is the question
Gradma's Garden: A glance at
grandma's garden ...
Happy Birthday Irmi: We had an
invitation for Irmi's 85th birthday dinner. She had some visitors from
Hungary, but unfortunately they got lost with their car on the way to the
restaurant. So dinner startet one hour late ...
waiting for Irmi ...
Irmi & Sister
this Schnitzel especially for Gitti
ralatives from Hungary
before the meal ...
after the meal ...
little & big birthday cake
Irmi & grandpa
flowers by Oma
Orchid exhibition: Sissy, her
mother in law and me went to an orchid exhibition at the Reservegärten
Here are some pictures of those wonderful flowers ...
Happy Birthday : Birthday party
at my parents for Sissy, Teresa and Michael. No
details are given to the public but all in all there were 116 candles
good as always
Spring 2005 at our garden: The
snow is gone, the flowers are coming ...
Orchids at home: Here are
some of Sissy's plants ...
Easter: After the egg-hunt at
our garden we had dinner at my parents ...
Orchid exhibition: Sissy and her
mother in law went to an orchid exhibition at the Palmenhaus
Here are some pictures of those wonderful flowers ...
the palm tree house at the Burggarten
A visit of Anni & Walter
at my parents: Anni and Walter, relatives to
my father, visited him for dinner and afternoon tea ...
Anni, Walter, grandpa
grandma and Anni
Walter and grandpa
enough to eat
one of the private collection of grandma
Textil Müller: Last
saturday we made a trip to the country heading Kritzendorf near Klosterneuburg.
There is a large store for sewing and DIY supply, Textil Müller. An El Dorado for everyone ...
upstairs is the regular shop ...
and downstairs ...
... the fleamarket
SNOW!: For the second time this
winter we really had SNOW!
The first one we had aprox. 50 cm, this time some 30 cm snow. So Good Bye car, and Hello boots!
the streets ...
.. where ...
... we all ...
Valentine's Day: Day of flowers?
No! Day of the giant candy!
Terry presented her little sister a small candy, or did she?
Townhall Währing :
At around 1900 Währing was a small village of it's own. At this
time they built that town hall.
A few years later Währing altered from a small village to a discrict of Vienna.
This saturday there was one of the very rare occasions where the public was allowed to climb up the tower of the town hall.
And so we did ...
the town hall ...
... of Währing
the festival room
rich decorated ...
up a staircase to the roof
up a spiral staircase ...
... to the clock room
and up a spiral again ...
... to the top room
a marvelous sight ...
... in every direction
this tower is the ...
... highest point of Währing
Happy Birthday Mike: Here are
some variations for your birthday cake ...
Harry Potter event
Stephansdom: On a sunny
saturday we climbed up, and up, and up the stairs of St. Stephan
in Vienna. The right tower by foot (343 steps). the left tower
with the Pummerin bell by elevator ...
there we go ...
343 steps up
skyline of Vienna
skyline of Vienna
nice roof ...
... full of tiles
a typical city house
Anker Stone Block Building:
With a friend we built some stone block buildings out of Anker
stone blocks. Other than modern toys these stone blocks are neither
glued together nor do they have other interlocking devices ...
only gravity ...
... no glue
... of small blocks
2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009
some additional pictures by Sissy & Terry
email: mike at brandls dot info
Wiener Blut / Johann Strauß
pictures, words and computer time by mike