In the Ice-Bar

Originally uploaded by francessa_Rich
On Saturday, we went to the Icebar in Vienna. It is one of the few icebars in Europe - I know only of those in London and Stockholm, but had never been in one before. It was a very hot day, therefore all the more exciting!

The temperature is kept at minus five degrees Celsius. It is beautifully designed and everything is made from crystal clear Swedish ice - the counter, the decoration, the sofas, the tables, the sculptures, even the glasses. One gets chilled alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. They provide you with a thermal cape with hood and mittens, so you're kept warm.

The atmosphere is wonderful, the blue light reflecting every colour, for example the cranberry juice in my drink. It was soo relaxing, a very pleasant experience!

We thought, it would be very hot when we got outside, but it wasn't. The body had obviously cooled down and there was no heat-shock after all.

We've heard of the famous icehotel in Canada, of course, where famous iceartists create great works of art.

There's the story of the hotel made of ice and snow

Some examples of ice art


Don't Feed The Pixies said...

What an interesting concept! Never knew there was such a thing in england! How many times a day do you think the waiters/waitresses get asked for ice in their drinks?

francessa said...

Hmmm, I think there's no lack of people who want to be just so funny ;-).

Actually,the waiters/waitresses are changed every few hours to warm up. The waitress in Vienna who was very proud to work in the icebar, because it was so special and she didn't mind the cold at all.

Lydia said...

That picture is so dreamy! I am fascinated by this post and all the links you provided. What beauty!

I followed one link about an ice safari to visit the Sami culture....and I want to go there! My paternal grandfather was from Finnish Lapland and I've always wanted to know more about that part of the world. I just got this online from another site:

"The Sámi are an indigenous people living in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. Known widely in the past as Lapps, the term "Lapp" is now considered derogatory by many Sámi. The Sámi have their own language, of which there are several variations, and their own culture, way of life and identity. Common history, traditions, livelihoods and customs unite the Sámi living in different countries."

francessa said...

How very interesting! Ah,I'd love to visit the North of Europe, it's laden with history and stories!

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