Birthdays all around

After a day of fasting followed a day of feasting (which by the way is also a book called ‘Fasting, Feasting‘ by Anita Desai) on Wednesday. Yeah, finally! This was especially great because I was invited to a surprise party that evening.

I left work and went to my Pilates class. Usually I feel refreshed after a work-out but in this heat I was sweating profusely. It is inhumanly hot and humid in Vienna. Every night it looks like there might be some rain and then it never does. Maybe climate change is really upon us. Our winters are definitely longer, colder, harder. I should not complain though but should store up all the heat like a squirrel its nuts.

I had to make do with a ‘French shower’ after Pilates (Clarins ‘Eau Dynamisante’ works every time like a charm) and was then off to the party for my friend Pat. Lovely party, sitting outside in a small garden right beside a park. Very relaxed atmosphere and also relaxed neighbors (none had complained by the time I left), good music and plenty of Mojito.

Thursday evening I had a ‘pre-birthday party’. This time not a private venue but at a club downtown.


The pool looked so inviting but you are not even allowed to put your feet in. The place was packed and I was not really in the mood for a long evening. Also it was a fasting day, so after two glasses of wine it was over for me. Partying with mineral water is not my kind of thing. (I know, very Bridget Jones!) Here I am with the soon to be birthday girl.


Then on Friday afternoon I went to see my great-uncle. He had turned 91 on Wednesday and I wanted to surprise him with a cake. So on the way to his place I stopped at a little French bakery called Fruth. What a place! Can only highly recommend it!

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After another hour on public transport in scorching heat and just so that you know what I am talking about


(and we don’t have a lot of AC in either metro, tram or bus) I arrived with my chocolate mousse cake. We had to put it in the fridge for an hour before I dared cutting it. But when we finally did it was excellent!


Happy Birthday, Onkel Walter!!

We shared a piccolo (a small bottle of Prosecco) with the cake, then a second, then a third. I had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday and my uncle is the best example on how to live life to the fullest!
Yours, Pollybert

PS: I finished ‘I Heart Paris‘ by Lindsey Kelk, but started right away with ‘I Heart Vegas‘. I can’t recommend it because it has the literary value of The Twilight Saga. But I am now obsessed with Angela and Alex. What can I say, it’s a guilty pleasure.

One Comment

  1. u look gorgeous after ur “french shower”… and that pastry shop looks delectable!

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