The time of my life when I live in Vienna

Last June I experienced for three weeks how’s like to live in Vienna. And I loved it.

Franz and I went in Vienna to attend WordCamp Europe 2016, but opted to move there a couple of weeks before the event, just to feel the daily vibes and explore the city. Turned out we fell in love with the city, and we’d love to live in Vienna.

#Vienna you're so beautiful. #city #austria, live in vienna

What Vienna looks like

Mixing style and I love that #Wien #Vienna ❤️

Mixing style at Karlskirche ❤️

Behind the fountain ⛲️, vienna

Behind the fountain at Schönbrunn garden ⛲️










Vienna is definitely not a minimalistic city. The architecture is magnificent and rich, as well as complicated. You will never have enough eyes in Vienna to see all the amazing stuff that surround you.

The ancient, gothic style is mixed with modern buildings. Train stations are modern and functional, and the infrastructure is super efficient.

We went to Schönbrunn, and I’m not ashamed to say that a little piece of my heart remained there, trapped among its gardens and labyrinths. We climbed the hill facing the palace and arrived at Gloriette, where we ruled the gardens and enjoyed a magnificent panorama. Simply wonderful.

The people

Viennese are from all over the world. We met many Austrian people as well as ex-pats. In fact, it looks like nearly 50% of the people living in Vienna come from abroad.

That also explains why Viennese people speak a very good English and have no trouble in switching to German to English within a blink of an eye.

It’s not so difficult, therefore, to live in Vienna without knowing any German and have no problem at all by any means. They do appreciate if you can try to speak German, though!

The food

Schnitzel! Yeah, we did eat a shameful amount of the most traditional and popular Viennese dish. We tried the veal and the pork schnitzels, and eventually we decided that the veal schnitzel is superior.

We didn’t feel guilty about that – we ate them in the name of the scientific method, somebody had to make a stand and decide what the best schnitzel was.

Schnitzel! #food #iifym #goodfood #meat #gainz 🍖🇦🇹

Franz ready to attack a veal schnitzel 🍖🇦🇹

We also tried the Hungarian cuisine when we were in Vienna, and I set my next trip to be in Hungary just because of the amazing food I tasted. Goulash for the win!

Supermarkets food, goodies and products are slightly more expensive than in the UK. The quality of the food is better than in London though, especially as far as the meat is concerned. We didn’t find, however, much variety in terms of wholemeal products, and most of them were very expensive.

We also missed a lot the basmati rice, sweet potato and some other food we often have in London. Since they are not popular in Austria (as far as we saw) they’re not easy to find, nor cheap to buy.


Despite the UK “summer”, we enjoyed a real summer, with hot temperatures and dry weather. Only once did it rain, and the day we left the city, Vienna farewelled us with a torrential storm. Was it a signal, like that we needed to stay in the city and live in Vienna for good, instead?

Summing up

Vienna at #sunset. What a beautiful beautiful city. ❤️🇦🇹😍We enjoyed our three weeks in Austria, we truly had a wonderful time there. We explored the city, and thought about the option of relocating in there. As far as my experience concerns, I’d suggest anyone to live in Vienna for a while, as it’s such a welcoming and nice city.

Probably, the only real problem is the language barrier, if looking at that in a long-time perspective. Although we had no problems in communicating with people, I reckon that if someone moves there to actually live in Vienna for an undetermined amount of time, a decent level of German is required, at least to avoid being cutting out from the day-by-day national and city events.

If you are wondering if Franz and I are moving out of the UK to live in Vienna… well, the answer is no, we are not. With that said, maybe one day… ;)

More pics of Vienna are in my Instagram account and on Snapchat (stefmattana)


The View from The Shard

So eventually we paid a lot of money and we experienced the famous “The View from The Shard”.

the viwe from The Shard, the shard, love london, landscape, panorama

I still think that £30 is an expensive fee for seeing a panorama, however the view from the Shard is really breath-taking and was worth experiencing it.

From The Shard’s level 72 you can really see how endless and infinite London is ❤️

#home #lovelondon #theview #landscape #panorama

Taken at The View from The Shard, The Shard, floor 78

This photo is also on Instagram, whilst many other pics and videos taken from The View from the Shards are in my Snapchat account – stefmattana

Wedding anniversaries #1

Wedding anniversaries – this is the N01 of the series.

Today Franz and I day celebrate our first year together as husband and wife. The first pic I recalled about the wedding event and the party was this one:

wedding anniversaries, gin

Franz made a lovely pics collage on Instagram, though. Here it is:

One year ago! ❤️ #franzstefwed

A photo posted by Franz Vitulli (@franzvitulli) on

I can’t believe one year has gone already. Time flies man.
My hangover is still ongoing ❤️

If I go back in time and think about my relationships with weddings… lol. To me, weddings have always meant fancy dresses and good food in large amount of quantities – oh, and murder mysteries.
A couple of years ago I’d never thought of me getting married. Yet, Franz made the miracle. Here we go, celebrating our wedding anniversary.

We’re getting lots of love and congratulations from family, colleagues and friends. Such celebrations and anniversaries remind me how blessed we are to have many lovely people around, who are so happy for us about our happiness. Well, we love them back.

I hope this will be the first of a long, long series of Franz and Stef’s wedding anniversaries.

#franzstefwed #wedding #anniversary

Taken at ristorante Ai monti del Gennargentu, Nuoro
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It’s Mystery Monday interview again with Ally Shield

Paranormal author Ally Shield continues my Mystery Monday interview momentum!

mystery monday interview, chase williams, stefania mattanaThe lovely Ally Shields, who writes mainly paranormal and urban fantasy books, has a soft spot for fellow writers. Her interviews are very interesting and varied. She likes to show readers what’s behind a book cover and a story. When she asked me about interviewing me, I said yes straight away!

The interview went published on a Monday – that’s the Mystery Monday interview theme. Best selling and awarded author Christoph Fischer has recently interviewed me on a Monday too – here’s the interview if you missed it.

This time with Ally I talked about my writing cave and what’s boiling there. In fact, I’ve just finished the first draft of a short story, and I announced it in exclusive on her blog :)

Here’s a sneak peek of the interview – you can read the ‘hot’ part in Ally’s blog here.

What is your editing and publishing process? From the time you complete your first draft to its appearance at booksellers, what happens to your book?

STEF:  The process is pretty much the same for both the fiction (in English and Italian) and non fiction (in Italian only) I’ve written so far.

I normally write a first draft, then leave it alone for a couple of weeks. After some rounds of revisions (usually 2 or 3), I send it to my alpha reader Chiara, who is also the Italian translator of my mystery books. After she leaves her notes, the last draft goes to my editor Steph for the English version (I write in English and she edits what is too Italian). The final writing is pushed then to my beta readers, who read and review it. At this point the book is ready to be officially published and launched

Enjoy the entire interview at Ally Shield’s blog!

Another dog’s birthday

Another dog’s birthday. Giuliano turns eight.

Giuliano, dog's birthday

Happy birthday to the most affectionate, lovely, awesome, and sweet best friend in the world.
Happy birthday Giuliano, I miss you every single second of my life I spend without you on my couch asking for food 😜

More pics of my dog are published on a regular basis on my Instagram!