The first year… Quite a nice Anniversary!

Quite a nice Anniversary! 

The first year since this blog was created has passed quickly.

I managed to keep discrete the existence of this pleasure-oriented project only to the visitors who discovered it by chance, who recognized the sensibility, the value(s) and the message(s) and even enjoyed visiting the blog a couple of times, occasionally or even regularly, as the idea was to share the stories, the images, the creations, the photographs, the unique design, the selected words and sounds often considered unnecessary in our (hard) time, which, to my deepest beliefs (still) represent our only necessities…

I am grateful for all the love and support I have been constantly given from my family and for the possibility to share my ideas thanks to and for the moral support of the visitors who (more or less openly) liked my posts, the extraordinary people coming from virtually all continents, from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds…

This moment would most probably require publishing certain statistics, as these are always available from the Instead, in order not to jeopardize the desperately needed hedonism, I would just say that without any commercial whatsoever, without a single announcement even to my friends & relatives, this blog has been viewed over 7650 times with more than 100 regular visitors, described by the statistical term as the ‘followers’, who patiently visited all of 120 posts published until today. We follow each other and visit each other’s sites and blogs and share the ideas and news. During this first year, I have become closer to numerous interesting visitors from all meridians, with so many interesting ideas, great potentials and talents, wonderful achievements…


To all of you, to all of us, for this lovely occasion, I would like to offer a sweet secret from the heart of Europe, from the wonderful city of Vienna, Austria: the story of the original Sacher-Torte, the most famous chocolate cake, matched with my photographs from Sacher Wien, the mythical place at Philharmonikerstrasse, in the heart of Vienna, opposite the back façade of the famous Viennese State Opera, just across the famous pedestrian street Kärtnerstrasse…


The Original Sacher-Torte has been the most famous cake in the world since 1832 and the original recipe still remains a well-kept secret. The basis of the entire confection is a chocolate cake, thinly coated by hand with best-quality apricot jam. The chocolate icing on top of it is the crowning glory. It tastes best with a portion of unsweetened whipped cream…


The renowned statesman, Prince Metternich was hosting a dinner party in 1832. The story goes that he wanted a fabulous dessert for his guests but that his chef was ill. Instead, the 16-year-old chef’s apprentice was given the task. His name was Franz Sacher and that evening he served up his Sacher Torte – a soft, fluffy chocolate cake with apricot jam beneath the icing – to the approval of Metternich’s guests. He was successful and soon the “cake by this man Sacher” was in great demand, and the victorious career of the most famous of all chocolate cakes truly began. Franz’s son Eduard opened the Sacher Hotel in Vienna in 1876, but that’s another story.

I wish you all, all the best… good health above all, and plenty of time in enjoyment of art, design, travel, style…

Yours truly, 


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