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Making Sense Of The Scents You Wear

The perfume has derived its name from the Latin word for a smoke. The perfume was used to produce odoriferous smoke in ancient religious ceremonies. Burning herbs exacted the perfume, typically aromatic gums, and myrrh. Early cultures of humanity learned that certain oils extracted from plants could enhance to …

The perfume has derived its name from the Latin word for a smoke. The perfume was used to produce odoriferous smoke in ancient religious ceremonies. Burning herbs exacted the perfume, typically aromatic gums, and myrrh. Early cultures of humanity learned that certain oils extracted from plants could enhance to feel and smell of the skin.

The production of perfumes began that the time of the Mesopotamian civilization. Simultaneously interest in aromatic oils increased, and people wanted an attractive package for the repository of the hard to get scented oils. Egyptians, who invented the glass, began using glass as the packaging for perfume. The glass perfume bottle has been around thousands of years.

It was not until the 1900s that perfume designers began to categorize perfume by scent. Originally, the classes of scents described the strength of a specific perfume formulation. In the 1900 scent producers, began to systematize perfume by classification of odors. These categories were initially used to describe the peculiar hue of a strong scent, but over time have expanded and developed to allow perfumers to make even more specific descriptions of scent formulation. The earliest classes were unique and included the smell of the cardinal families of scents.

There were only floral names to describe scents in early perfume. For example, roses or lilies of the valley had their own class. A perfume that was a combination of floral scents classified as a floral bouquet as if no specific flower dominated the scent.

The next level of classification was to describe the character of the scent, such as sweet or musky. Other perfumes were associated with smells such as honey and snuff. Popular scents at the time for both sexes were lavender.

During the world war, two new classes of scents made the way into lady’s perfumes. Light floral had a class of their own. Citrus scents and spicy scents began to be seen as separate classes not just add-ins to floral scents.

In 1983 the scent wheel was invented to describe the scent of perfume formulas on three levels. The predominant scent being the first note categorized. The next strength of the dominant scent is the next and so on. Notes are used to describe a scent in a mixed perfume to show that, like music, the scent notes must blend to create a beautiful end product.

Today new notes are being added all the time they include refinements of the notes of new perfume formulations, like middle eastern floral and various levels of woody scents. Oriental floral scents are different from Middle Eastern floral scents and so a new class of notes was called for.

Women who fall in love with a certain scent may find that the scent changes when they wear it over time. The foods we eat, medication we take, and hormonal changes all affect the underlying body order that blends with the perfume we wear. We each have our own unique body chemistry. It changes with the environment and age. Sometimes the changes are temporary, and we need to stop using our favorite scent for a short time. The garlic you eat last night will not be changing the scent of your perfume three days hereafter.

Menopause is a different matter. You may want to venture into this new phase of life with a new favorite scent. Experiment and you will find a new one that reacts well with your changing body chemistry. Remember when you add a scented lotion or body power to your bath routine and then apply your perfume; you may change the ‘notes’ of the perfume.

The addition of the new fragrances from your bath products changes how your favorite scent smells when you wear it. This is why many women buy sets of body scents that match the perfume they wear. If you are bold add a scent like a peppermint on top of your light floral scent. You may be pleasantly surprised by the new creation of notes you have come up with without changing your regular perfume.

5 Best Rat Poisons Reviewed in 2020

Rat poison bait is a very effective method for rat control. But with several brands in the market, choosing the right one can be daunting. To help you out, here are the best rat poisons in 2020. MOTOMCO Jaguar Mouse  One of the best rat poisons that you …

Rat poison bait is a very effective method for rat control. But with several brands in the market, choosing the right one can be daunting. To help you out, here are the best rat poisons in 2020.

MOTOMCO Jaguar Mouse 

One of the best rat poisons that you can buy today is MOTOMCO Jaguar Mouse. This brand contains both brodifacoumm and diphacinone which are effective against all rodents regardless of their size and variation. One of the best things about this product is that when you buy one, you have options of pail size.

Talon G

Talon G is one of the brands used for professional pest control. While this is not a cheap poison that you can buy in the market, it is considered as the go to product of professionals. Thus, it can effectively kill rodents because of its powerful components.

Contrac All-Weather Box

If you are looking for a product that is made from less toxic ingredients, Contrac All-Weather Box is the right choice for you. This product contains Vitamin K1 antidote=. When using this, it is advisable to use a bait box when laying any kind of rodenticide.

JT Eaton Bait

JT Eaton Bait is another reliable brand for killing rats through poison. This brand is ideal for smaller rodents. Another great thing about this product is that it is considered as the cheapest one among other brands. It can also be bought in different sizes and it is easy to reseal packaging.

Havoc Rat

Last but not the least is the Havoc Rat and Mouse Bait. This product comes in small packages. While this brand is one of the most expensive products in the market, a lot of professionals still recommend this because of it is made of a brodifacoum anticoagulant formula.

Making Money With Online Survey Sites

Everyone is looking to make money online today. One thing being pushed a lot today is taking surveys online. I see the claims of single moms working at home making unbelievable money just taking surveys. There is money to be made taking surveys, but you would have to …

Everyone is looking to make money online today. One thing being pushed a lot today is taking surveys online. I see the claims of single moms working at home making unbelievable money just taking surveys. There is money to be made taking surveys, but you would have to work at it to make it your only job. Here is the opinion of a person that really does take online surveys.

I have to admit that I do enjoy giving my opinion on several different things and getting paid for it. This is not a road to riches, but you can make cash and win free prizes with very little effort. If you think you can make millions doing this you are very mistaken. In order to be really successful enough you have to refer hundreds of people to do the same thing you’re doing. Of course, this is not impossible but that would take a lot of effort. The effort to know about the fashion trends is excellent with Evergreen Wealth Formula 2.0 reviews. The allotments of time and money should be right to take the advantage. Expert opinion can be taken to get the desired results. No mistakes should be done through the people to know about the fashion courses.

Even without a huge friends list you can still make a few hundred dollars a month just for your opinion which, isn’t bad. The secret to this game is signing up with only the best sites that do surveys. Once you find these you must be committed and do as many surveys per day as you can. If you look at it as fun this can go very quickly. Like I said, getting paid for my opinion is a blessing.

One thing to note right off the bat is to stay away from these websites that promise huge money if you pay them to become a member. They are making huge money by selling you something that you can find for free. Why pay anywhere from $19.95 to $34.95 for free information. Also some of these websites sign you up for a monthly membership. You will be hard-pressed to find a good reason to pay someone a monthly charge for something that you can find for yourself for free.

The other thing to avoid are sweepstakes entry surveys or anything like Publishers Clearing House. I have been doing Publishers Clearing House for 30 years and have never won. The odds of winning on the sweepstakes entry surveys are about the same, so don’t waste your time unless you enjoy these kind of things. Just keep in mind that these are for fun and your odds of winning are very small.

If you do choose to go down this road of financial fun become a member of as many sites as possible. There are plenty to choose from and each one is different and leans in a special direction. I have found that being a member of at least 20 online survey sites is the best. If you go up to 30 and stick with it everyday you can make a couple of hundred dollars a month, just filling out surveys. Not too bad. But remember you need to fill out surveys every day. So set aside an hour or so a day just to do surveys.

Some people ask me why I get paid for taking surveys online? The reason is simple, major corporations need to know what consumers think about their products. And this is the most cost effective way for them to do that. If you think about it it makes perfect sense. How else could they get so much information for so little money so quickly? So works out for both of us.

In closing, I do recommend taking online surveys if you are interested in making some extra cash. But I don’t think for the average person that they could live off of the money they make from taking online surveys. You could do this only if you set up a way to get hundreds of people to become members under you on these survey sites. Because you get a small portion of their income if they sign up underneath you. The money does not come out of their pocket, the survey site pays you the commission. Have fun and enjoy.

Coffee Shops In Mobile, Alabama

Coffee from กาแฟคั่วสดใหม่ is one of America’s favorite drinks. The big craze in all the fast-food restaurants now is frappe, latte espressos. Mobile has a few locally owned businesses that have some of the best coffee you will ever drink. Sometimes stopping at a smaller coffee shop instead of …

Coffee from กาแฟคั่วสดใหม่ is one of America’s favorite drinks. The big craze in all the fast-food restaurants now is frappe, latte espressos. Mobile has a few locally owned businesses that have some of the best coffee you will ever drink. Sometimes stopping at a smaller coffee shop instead of a big name like Starbucks, you will get better tasting coffee and usually better service. Small companies will usually work harder to ensure the customer’s happiness.

One of the best of all is Carpe Diem Coffee and Tea Co-located on Old Shell Road. This coffee shop was founded in 1995 and is in a 100-year-old house that is very inviting to all the locals and enjoyed by the college life near-by. The menu consists of breakfast items such as bagels, cinnamon rolls, croissants, muffins, and scones. Chicken salad, egg salad, and spinach quiche are some of the favorites. Some of the different sandwiches are chicken salad, egg salad, BLT, club, hot ham cheese, and turkey Swiss sandwich. Then they have brewed coffee, hot espresso, iced espresso, frozen drinks iced teas. You can get any coffee drink that you desire and it is going to be delicious. They also offer a coffee of the day if you can’t decide which you would like and the coffee has been voted best in Mobile for 14 years by Mobile Bay Monthly. The atmosphere here is very calm and relaxing with walls of soothing dark maroon color with dark wood counters and pine floors.

Another of my favorite coffee shops here in Mobile would have to be Serda’s Coffee Co. The atmosphere here is fun and energetic. The location of Serda’s is right in the middle of historic downtown Mobile at 3 South Royal Street, it is on the corner of Dauphin St. and Royal St. right next to Compass Bank. The menu consists of coffees, teas, wine, liquor, beer, Panini’s, wraps, soups, salads, breakfast, gelatos, and smoothies. This coffee is better than any Starbucks you will ever go to and cheaper. Some of the basic coffees such as espresso, macchiato, con Panna, Americano, café au lait, and brewed coffee’s start at just $1.30. I especially like the caramel macchiato, it is an outstanding drink.

At Moka’s Coffee House in Saraland, only a few miles outside of Mobile, they have some really good tasting coffee. They are a small building that only the locals know about but a lot of people miss out on some good coffee. The atmosphere is calm and relaxing because they are not very busy and it is not nosey like some of the other larger businesses.

Make Money Online With Advertisements

Most people think that to make money online you have to join affiliate programs, pay for high-end web site hosting, or try to persuade people to join pointless programs. It’s also very popular for webmasters to try and earn money using catchy subject lines about how you can …

Most people think that to make money online you have to join affiliate programs, pay for high-end web site hosting, or try to persuade people to join pointless programs. It’s also very popular for webmasters to try and earn money using catchy subject lines about how you can make X amount of cash within X amount of hours. That, however, is NOT the correct way to make money online.

In this article by James Scholes, we will see how to get a free website and turn it into a cash moneymaker.

Step 1:

Relax and clear your mind. When you have accomplished this, think about some things you like to do. What you are most interested in will determine what your niche should (or can) be and in the end will prove that you can earn money doing what you love. In this article, our example niche is going to be sports; in particular, basketball.

Step 2:

Decide what kind of site you want to create now that you know what you want it to be about. You could write a blog talking about your favorite basketball teams, make a community website where all basketball-lovers alike could chat with their hearts’ desires about the sport, or anything else you can think of that has to do with basketball. If you’re the sales type of person, you could open your own sports store online or join an affiliate program for sports. However, the best, dependable source for money comes in from ads, which work best when there is a lot of content pertaining to your particular niche. Always remember…targeted advertisements make money!

Step 3:

Create your website. You do not necessarily need to get a domain name, but once your site gets more popular it would be best to have one so people know your brand. You also do not even have to spend a dime on hosting or a domain. There are many free hosting sites out there (110mb.com, byethost.com,  amp; wordpress.com to name a few), and free co.cc domains as well. View this website for more information on getting a free domain name. Doesn’t cost a penny.

Step 4:

Add some content to your site. With whatever you have decided to make your site about, there is usually always some kind of product, service, or information that can help your visitors learn more about it. This is where the ads (and money) come in. It’s time to monetize your site!

Step 5:

Choose an advertising site like Google, Bidvertiser, NeverBlueAds, etc. to put on your site. It will be up to you to decide which one you go with. The most popular, and promising, is Google Adsense, but obviously that is an opinion. Everyone has their own preferences. Add these ads to your site and pay attention to how the ads match your content. Your content is like the heart of the advertisements. If you write about basketball, they will display basketball-related ads. Same as if you were writing about another thing such as cars or fashion.

Step 6:

Finally, keep a watch on your site. You need to make sure your content is up-to-date and that you make any necessary changes when needed. If you have a blog, make sure you post at least once or twice a week. This keeps readers coming back for more.

If you want to increase the number of views or visitors to your site, you could join a traffic exchange or use Google Adwords to have others display your ads on their sites. Adwords is not free so if you want to keep everything free, your best bet is a traffic exchange.

Also, remember to keep your content all on the same topic. Don’t create a site about basketball and then write about football. If you want your site to make it onto search engines to where people will visit your site and click the ads, you must keep the web site focused on basketball; since that is what your visitors are there to see in the first place.

Important Tips  amp; Warnings:

  • Use popular keywords to describe your niche
  • Submit your website to search engines for free
  • Stick to your niche!
  •  Keep your eyes peeled because there are people out there who are waiting to scam you. If you are in need of emergency cash, this is definitely not something to depend on right away. However, things do get better and start going uphill if you have the patience and dedication to make it happen.

Guidelines On Choosing a Housekeeper For Your Vacation House

Vacations are supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation. Your main aim is to unwind from the stresses of daily living and chill yourselves out. However, this is rather elusive considering the multiple preparations you have to make prior to the trip. You have to clean …

Vacations are supposed to be a time for rest and relaxation. Your main aim is to unwind from the stresses of daily living and chill yourselves out. However, this is rather elusive considering the multiple preparations you have to make prior to the trip. You have to clean the house, prepare the family’s meals, and the list goes on. With these tasks, your supposed-to-be vacation may turn into a demanding endeavor. Give yourself a favor and hire a housekeeper for your vacation house! Here are a few tips on how to hire the best person to do the job:

Neighborhood Aid

If you are constant visitor of your vacation house, it is inevitable for you to meet neighbors. Once you established a bond between them, ask them for possible referrals. They know the qualified and credible people around town to take care of a vacation house so they are your best bets. Since possible employees have some personal connection with you, you won’t have to worry about trust issues and the like. The work should be performed under the guidelines laid down for препоръчайте професионален домоуправител. The connection of the person with neighbors will be strong. It will increase the interaction of the owner with the relatives and family as per the choice.

Advertisements

Drive around town and you will surely see postings everywhere regarding household help and cleaning maintenance; coffee shops and dry cleaners are the most feasible establishments. Save up their phone numbers and make your inquiries freely. If you would want, you could also post your own advertisements. Don’t limit yourself to the traditional postings, explore and dominate the cyberspace too. Once you have a number of applicants, you could select according to your preferences.

Holy Help

Another good place to resort to is the town church. Priests and other religious officers know the folks around and they know who among them are trustworthy and dependable for the job. Regular church goers are more likely to have good qualities; therefore, you can be sure of their amiability. Also, check out the church’s bulletin board for town folks who are in search for jobs

Professional Services

If you want a genuine professional service, then inquire for such a couple of days prior to your planned vacation. Try searching big advertisements in newspapers, magazines, local phone books and television commercials. These companies have more profound and better services since they are commercialized. However, they usually charge higher due to obvious reasons. This is the best option if you are not contented with informal referrals and hiring processes.

Don’t get lazy double checking personal backgrounds and records of applicants. You are about to entrust your whole house and family to this person so better do some extensive research. If you don’t have enough time to do this, you could just hire an instant one-day cleaning service so you could watch over them. Obtaining success in housekeeper hunt may seem hard; but not with proper interventions. Just always keep in mind that safety precautions must be implemented.

Let’s Talk All About Casino Bonuses And Its Benefits!

The online casino has changed the way how people invest in gambling. Many casino websites can be found on the internet where you can create an account in order to start playing slot games. As you know, online casinos offer plentiful benefits, including bonuses and rewards. You need …

The online casino has changed the way how people invest in gambling. Many casino websites can be found on the internet where you can create an account in order to start playing slot games. As you know, online casinos offer plentiful benefits, including bonuses and rewards. You need to know all about the different types of bonuses provided by casinos.  While playing casino games online, you should grab all the bonuses and promotional rewards to improve your bankroll. You should keep reading this post to know more about casino bonuses and its benefits.

Types of bonuses

The casino websites offer several types of bonuses that you can grab to increase the balance in your account. Usually, most of the casinos offer a sign-up bonus that can be claimed by gamblers after creating an account. The other types of bonuses provided by online casinos are –

  • Welcome bonuses
  • Deposit bonuses
  • Promotion bonuses
  • No-deposit bonuses
  • Referral bonuses
  • Match bonuses

After knowing all about these bonuses, you can take their advantages to enhance your bankroll. You can grab these bonuses only by playing slot games on the casino website. The land-based casinos are not offering any bonus for the gamblers, and that’s why the online casinos are more in demand.

Benefits of bonuses

While playing bandar judi bola and other types of casino games, you should implement the tips and tricks to make money faster. Never forget to claim your bonuses as it will increase the balance in your account. With the help of winning an extra amount of money, you can invest the same to play more games. When you play more, you will win more. It can improve your strategies, which will help you to be an advanced gambler.

Hide Wires Decoratively

Wires dangling from light fixtures or along the wall can be very ugly. Luckily it’s easy to hide these ugly wires and cables by enclosing them with wood trim and painting over it to match your walls. The hidden wire will hardly be noticeable when you are finished, …

Wires dangling from light fixtures or along the wall can be very ugly. Luckily it’s easy to hide these ugly wires and cables by enclosing them with wood trim and painting over it to match your walls. The hidden wire will hardly be noticeable when you are finished, but you will still be able to access it when needed. It’s easy to hide wires this way moreover you will find all the crafts material that you will need in order to finish your task on paintingkits.net at really affordable prices. Just follow these simple steps.

Hide Wires with Wood Trim

To hide your wires you should choose wood trim that looks like a pyramid. The wire will then fit in the hollow cavity of the triangular wood trim. There are several sizes you can choose from, so be sure to take a sample of the wires you wish to hide when you go to buy the wood trim. If the wire fits snuggly in the triangular cavity, then the wood trim is the right size and will hide the wire completely. Buy enough wood trim to cover the length of the wire you wish to hide.

Once back at home, place the wire in the wood trim and, using a glue gun, fix the hidden wire and wood trim to the wall. Leave enough free wire at the end to reach needed electrical sockets. Use painter’s tape to fix the wood trim in place while the glue dries, otherwise, the hidden wire will push the wood trim up.

Hide Wires with Matching Paint

Once the wood trim hiding the wire is dry, remove the painter’s tape. Now sand off any clumps of glue that may remain along the edges. Then paint the wood trim to match the color of your wall, and if necessary use two coats. If the wall is a single color the wood trim will be more noticeable than if the wall has a textured finish. Therefore, if you want the hidden wires and wood trim to blend in almost imperceptibly, paint the room in a faux finish. This is especially easy using the sea sponge faux painting technique described in this article. The end result will be not just to hide your wires but to add elegance to your room. And if you need to access the hidden wire again in future, just pull the wood trim off, though be prepared to have to repaint that area of the wall.

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Your Sleep Habits Are Connected With Your Mental Health

The statistics are staggering: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reports that over 70 million people in the US are challenged with continuing sleep difficulties. When you don’t get enough sleep, your mental health could be affected in a number of ways: You might eat too …

The statistics are staggering: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reports that over 70 million people in the US are challenged with continuing sleep difficulties. When you don’t get enough sleep, your mental health could be affected in a number of ways:

You might eat too much,    You could suffer from depression,    Your mood might be cranky, and Your emotional well-being could be poor.

Your mental health is intricately tied to your sleep habits. Think about it, if you’re not getting enough sleep and have developed chronic health disorders (like obesity, for example), you’re going to suffer considerable mental distress due to the long list of difficulties related to having and dealing with those health disorders.

To further emphasize the intimate connection between sleep and emotional health, the relationship also works in the other direction. If you’re experiencing a lot of stress or suffering from one of a number of various mental issues, such as anxiety or depression, your sleep will be negatively affected.

Therefore, it’s up to you to take every step you can to obtain restful sleep every single night to preserve your mental health. In your efforts to sleep blissfully, consider some of the following suggestions (National Sleep Foundation website):

Have a good mattress. Although this tip sounds like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised at the number of people who sleep on mattresses that don’t fit their needs. Once your mattress is in its 8th year of use, it’s time to begin researching and shopping for your next new mattress. Look for a mattress that’s supportive, yet comfortable. Don’t forget to have pillows you love.

Set the stage for sleep. Think of your bedroom as a relaxing sanctuary. Design and equip it as such. Avoid clutter or a lot of possessions in the room that will gather dust.

Speaking of dust, do everything possible to keep the room clean and dust-free. Damp-dust furniture and surfaces at least weekly. You’ll breathe better at night, which means you’ll likely sleep better.

Avoid caffeine. Although some sleep experts say not to use caffeine for 3 or 4 hours before bedtime, others stress it can stay in your body for up to 12 hours or even longer. Your best bet is to de-caffeinate. Even if you’re one of those people who says, “Caffeine doesn’t bother me,” you’re going to be absolutely shocked if you ever truly decide to go off it. Remember, caffeine is a drug and it’s going to affect you whether you believe it does or not. It’s happening and it’s likely negatively impacting your sleep.

Recognize alcohol and nicotine disrupt sleep. The fact is that alcohol-although a sedative-prevents you from getting deep-stage sleep, which means you’ll wake up more. Nicotine is actually a mild stimulant, which will hamper efforts to go to sleep. Nicotine withdrawal during the night disrupts sleep. Plus, nicotine use increases bad dreams and makes you feel draggier in the mornings.

Take part in exercise every day, completing your routine 4-6 hours before bed. Exercise can jazz you up a bit and make it more difficult to relax if done too close to bedtime. However, if you complete exercise every morning or afternoon, your sleep will most likely improve. Proper attention should be paid at the reviews to increase the strength at https://www.mypillapp.com/hydroxycut-hardcore-next-gen-review/ site. The body of the person will feel relaxed after the consumption of the pills as per prescribed through doctors. 

Pay attention to the temperature. More and more, researchers are finding out that if a bedroom is too warm, you won’t get good sleep. Think “cool.” The National Sleep Foundation website recommends keeping the temperature between 54 and 75 degrees for a good sleep.

Nix the television, electronic tablet, and smartphone at bedtime. Probably the toughest suggestion of all to follow, avoiding technology a couple of hours before bedtime is best for slumber. Try reading a good book instead.

The facts are clear: when you sleep better, you feel better physically and emotionally. For more info on how your mental health and sleep habits are entwined, visit the National Sleep Foundation website.

Taking Your Time in a Viennese Coffee House and Caf

Thank goodness Vienna’s Kaffeehauskultur has remained an enduring tradition I love Starbucks coffee. Sure, you can laugh about the craze of it all (Starbucks mania?) and the unavoidability of their shops and their steep prices and whatever else, but their coffee is great and the coffee that you …

Thank goodness Vienna’s Kaffeehauskultur has remained an enduring tradition

I love Starbucks coffee. Sure, you can laugh about the craze of it all (Starbucks mania?) and the unavoidability of their shops and their steep prices and whatever else, but their coffee is great and the coffee that you get there tastes just amazing. As the Coffee roasted to perfection you get the very best taste and consistency with their coffee. And unfortunately, well, that’s where it stops. A Starbucks coffee house can certainly be a friendly enough place to spend a little time, but I’m not so sure anyone would want to spend half a day there. As a guest, I mean.

A Viennese Kaffeehaus (café) is different. It’s a whole different ballgame here. Here it is completely normal for a guest to linger around here for hours on end, reading newspapers and relaxing with a vengeance. Reading newspapers? Some customers have written books in these places. And the elegant and friendly Viennese waiters seem to go out of their way to encourage one’s long and leisurely stays, bringing the obligatory glasses of cold water and refilling them regularly. This Kaffeehauskultur (café culture) has a long tradition and is taken very seriously by the Viennese, you see.

Coffee in fact arrived in Europe through the gates of Vienna, so-to-speak. After the final Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683, a failed siege that would turn the fortunes for the Ottoman and establish the ascendancy of the Habsburg Empires, the beginning of a great relationship with Turkish coffee beans was established. And after a short period of trial and error and experimentation with milk and sugar, the wonderful Viennese coffee tradition was born. A new institution, the coffee house, found its way into European culture and these new establishments, not unlike the Starbucks coffee houses today, began to pop up everywhere.

The height of the Kaffeehauskultur was reached in the nineteenth century. It was during this period that artists, writers and famous political figures like Stefan Zweig, Gustav Klimt and Leon Trotsky came to represent the habitual coffee house guest, spending hour upon hour here in leisure, in work, or in deep discussion. By this time the Viennese coffee house model had spread all throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a “coffee house network” of sorts had been firmly established in other European centers like Prague and Budapest, as well. After World War II, a period of decline began and some of the most famous Viennese coffee houses did indeed close, but the torch is still being carried on to this day by a number of traditional cafés that have managed to hang on and even prosper.

These places are worth a visit just to enjoy the furnishings and atmosphere alone. Everything has a warm and comfortable feel to it, a bit plushy and old-fashioned perhaps, but that’s the intention, I suppose. The whole idea seems to be about entering into an era that has long since passed, a time in history when time itself was seemingly available and a thoroughly enjoyable commodity, as well. Perhaps that is why these places are still so well-loved and staunchly defended by the Viennese and their guests. Perhaps, too, it is the wonderful selection of cakes, tarts and even small sausage dishes you can enjoy here, along with that wonderful selection of coffee, of course.

And some of the favorite and classic coffee concoctions include: Melange (coffee with lots of frothy milk), Einspänner (mocha in a glass served with whipped cream), Fiaker (mocha with brandy) and the Brauner (coffee with cream). And what about the cafés themselves? There are simply too many too mention individually but, having said that, there are also a few which are just simply too good not to mention individually:

Café Prückel

Stubenring 24

www.prueckel.at

Café Demel

Kohlmarkt 14

www.demel.at

Café Hawelka

Dorotheergasse 6

www.hawelka.at

Café Schottenring

Schottenring 19

www.cafe-schottenring.at

Café Museum

Operngasse 7

www.cafe-museum.at

So enjoy that cup of Starbucks Latte of yours. But once the caffeine has started losing its effect, maybe it’s time to start giving some serious thought about taking a European vacation. A leisurely one, that is. Or, at the very least, make sure and book a few leisurely days during your stopover in Vienna. Believe me, you won’t regret it if you do.