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Hello Lovely Ones

Vienna went truly above and beyond my expectations and was honestly, one of my most favourite cities from our Eastern Europe trip. Home to the largest schnitzels, the most beautiful palaces and the original coffee house culture Vienna is definitely a place for travellers who may enjoy some of the finer things in life.

I was asked by a friend of recommended things to do, places to see, what to eat and pretty much what is there to do in the beautiful place known as Vienna.

Top things to do in Vienna

1) Sandwiches and coffee shop:Trzesniewski
Recommended in both the local tourist map and lonely planet guide, this is the place of the most unique and interesting sandwiches. Try a few and then walk down to one of the local coffee shops and do it like a local, sipping coffee and reading a news paper. Here’s a tip: Vienna requires tips, so be ready to give 10% on top as a service charge.

3) Sit on some Lawn
Vienna has some of the most beautiful lawns and garden spaces I have ever seen. All done to perfection, on a sunny day, you see hundreds of locals, enjoying outdoor cafes, picnics or throwing a frisbee. The best parks can be found on Museumplatz, such as the Volksgarten, Burggarten, Hofburg gardens

4) Take Photos of Art Nuevo Architecture 
Probably one of my most favourite aspects of Vienna was the aesthetics of the place. Decorative art work and intrinsic design on everything made my heart swoon and soar! Above is an image of us going into the oldest Art Nuevo toilet in the world. You pay 1 Euro to go in, so not really a must do, unless you’re like me and enjoy that kind of thing!

5) Visit a Palace: Belvedere Palace 
Home of Gustave Klimt’s iconic golden leaf art work “The Kiss” this palace is not one to be missed, the gardens are stunning, the art work is beautiful and the atmosphere is breathtaking. Entry into the gardens and grounds is free, but there is an admission to see within the palace, and the gallery. Photography is not allowed inside, but definitely worth a couple hours of your day.

5)Try the Sachertorte Cake: Hotel Sacher
The famous ‘Sachertorte’ cake is this delicious creation, pride and joy of Hotel Sacher, which is located on the main shopping strip. A trade mark of Vienna it is a must try for visitors. A bit on the pricey side for what it is, you can probably get away with sharing a cake between the two of you. A quick tip: if you are keen to try the cake, most cafes have a cheaper version, but if you are after the real deal we definitely recommend eating the ‘original Sachertorte’ at the Hotel Sacher itself.  

6) Eat a Weiner Schnitzel: Schnitzelwirt 
This photo does not really do it much justice,  but these Schnitzel are huge! Schnitzelwirt, has the largest schnitzels you will ever lay eyes on. The price is relatively cheap and the serving size is huge! (I know, I keep mentioning the schnitzel size it, but seriously it’s like grande grande size). A place frequented by locals, nervous looking tourists and a line out the door this place is definitely authenticity at it’s finest. A little walk out of the main city, but definitely worth the stroll.


val copyValerie Bong   –  Founder & Content Executive
Val is an Arts/Commerce student currently based in Leeds, UK. As a photographer and documenter she loves celebrating the beauty of the world. With her love for capturing special moments she specialises in fashion, wedding, family and event photography.

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MODCLOTH– Wanelo Challenge


Modcloth mood board

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Dress : ModCloth ~ Shoes : ModCloth ~ Purse : ModCloth ~
Fascinator : ModCloth ~ Necklace : ModCloth ~ Earrings : ModCloth


Today BigPicture Stuff have teamed up with ModCloth to show you my Wanelo weekly challenge!
(Check out my Wanelo board here).

Hey there guys!

We are so excited to share this little inspiration post with you. We were so very thrilled when ModCloth contacted BigPictureStuff to share a Wanelo inspiration board! Featuring amazing vintage inspired designs, the clothes on mod cloth have a unique sensibility of style, grace, taste and quirkiness. They provide the tools for everyone to dress in a unique exquisite way!

The dress they asked us to style was the gorgeous Sailboat Loads of Fun Dress. In creating this look, we created an outfit perfect for a Warm Autumn’s day, complete with a set of vintage shades, ankle high booties and of course an amazing umbrella which causes you carry a field of flowers where ever you go! We’re in love with classic pieces that portray a sense of timelesness, so this perfect dress would undoubtably be accompanied with a simple tote and classic black banded watch. Think, Roman Holiday, Princess Diana or Grace Kelly on her sailboat. That’s what we wanted to capture through this moodboard!

Have a wander to our Wanelo moodboard and we also hope you enjoy Val’s inspiration images that she captured in Austria Salzburg (can anyone guess which famous musical was filmed here?) whilst she was on her travels! What do you think of this outfit inspiration? Hope we’ve provided you with some lovely choices for the cooler Autumn months.

With love


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11 cities in 28 days

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Hello friends and fellow travellers. 

I decided to do a quick check-in  to show you a sneak preview of what to expect in the next couple of posts from me(Val!). I was initially hoping to post as I travelled, but lack of consistent wifi proved to be a major drawback to my plans. I am now back in my home away from home, Leeds, overcome with the amount of essay writing, laundry, grocery shopping and exercising that I need to catch up on. Some of you may have seen a few of my travel pics on BigPictureStuff Instagram , so you may have a rough idea of where I’ve been but I can not wait to show you more pictures.

In order through the amazingness that is Eurail we travelled to the following cities and countries;

1.Belgium (Brussels & Brugge)
2. Germany (Hamburg, Munich & Berlin)
3. Austria (Vienna)
4. Hungary (Budapest)
5. Czech Republic (Prague)
6. Poland (Krakow) with a random stop over in Slovakia 
7. Austria (Salzburg)
8. Netherlands (Amsterdam)

Never thought I would be able to say I have been to so many cities and countries in 28 days, but we did it! I am beyond excited to show you the photos I took (Kate and Rach, who were my amazing travel buddies, said they can’t imagine my face without a camera ) and to tell you about the people we met and the things we saw. So to make sure I do get as many pictures to you as possible, I aim to get to you a-post-a-day, so stay posted and you can have your own little travel adventure through BigPictureStuff!

Don’t forget to ENTER the Hidden Socks Club giveaway we already have 60+ likes on the instagram photo, so LIKE BigPictureStuff facebook page, or follow Big Picture Stuff Instagram get in the draw to WIN! Winner will be announced THIS FRIDAY

And for those avid and experienced travellers out there, can you guess where each of these places are? Have a go!

xo Val 

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 
― Gustave Flaubert