Austrian NOMS

I cannot say enough for Austrian Cuisine. Although, we really did get caught up in other ethnic foods as well (like Mexican, Indian, and Italian). But I’ll show you these highlights of the trip! Above is the famous Austrian dish: Weiner Schnitzel. If you are as poorly informed as I previously was about the German language; “W”s are pronounced with a “V” sound. So previously, I was say “Weiner” like Weiner Dog – the way we do in the states – but actually it’s pronouced as Veiner as in Victor. Now you know. Weiner Schnitzel’s are yummy. How can you go wrong? It’s fried meat! I had it with roasted rosemary potatoes. For any Mid-Westerners our there, I’m sure this is pulling on your heart strings because the Austrian are Meat and Potatoe’s folk.

The NaschMarkt. Alright foodies, this is your place. The Market runs a few blocks and is organized in two alley ways (so to speak). One side is the actually market, the other side has sit down restaurants. It’s a place where you can buy cheeses, wines, dried fruit, herbs, bread, seafood, meat…etc. It’s a mixture of tourist and locals. I think I could have spent hours here. Here are some finds…

Fresh Juices. Mine was Mango and Kiwi!

Have y’all ever had Macaroons? Oh. My. Goodness — stand back. They might be better than… CAKE. This is a rather large statement coming from me. They are so good. Go find some today.

So, while we were in the mountains, we stayed in this incredible resort. All of their food is organic and bought locally. I’ll tell you more about the hotel later. While we were there, we were served a 5 course meal every night. HEAVEN. The menu descriptions were so interesting. I don’t know if that was the original intent or if there was a strange translation…

[Lower Left] Three kinds of Bruscetta– Tonna, Tomatoes, Parma

Cappuccino of the Curry with Citrus Clouds (This is the best thing I have ever tasted!!)

Crispy and Fresh Salad Plate

[Above] “Dry Aged Beef” – thinly sliced of Sirloin with Marinated Cherry Tomato, Arugula Salad, Spicy Potato Wedges, Shaved Parmesan and old Balsamic Vinegar from Madena

[Lower Right] With Lime — Sour Cream Baked Berries

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Today I am thankful for: goldfish crackers. They squash my hunger cravings!

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Vienna, Austria: The Museum of Natural History

Ahhhh, The Museum of Natural History. Unexpectedly, it was my favorite museum in ALL or Austria. Content wise. I must say, I was incredibly disappointed in the two Modern Art Museums that I went to during my visit. While, yes, they did have some “bigger name” artists; I felt as though they had (let’s be honest) some of their crappier work. Again, I digress. This museum was great. And it housed the very first thing I learned about in my Survey of Art History class. The Venus of Willendorf.

Kinda a sex lady, don’t you think? For starters she’s one of the oldest intact artifacts around (but you may want to double check before you really quote me on that)… she is approximately 26,000 years old. DID YOU HEAR THAT? 26,000 years old!!! She’s a fertility goddess with over-exaggerated features. She has her lovely lady-lumps, some big ole birthing hips, and rock-star hair. She doesn’t stand up on her own and doesn’t have facial features. And I think she’s b.e.a.U-tiful. Weird, right? I know. But if you have a love for art history… you get it!

Yep. I’m rather strange. But I was SO excited.

Oh what BIG teeth you have Mr. Scary Bear. There were so many really great animals in the museum. They had a HUMONGOUS whale skeleton in there. I honestly think that I (and a few friends) could lay flat inside of a whales mouth.

The exhibits takes you through evolution, and then goes through all of the major “species”… like fish, birds, reptiles (skip the snakes!!), sea creatures, butterflies, big Huge animals… and the list goes on. I forgot how cool these museums are. EVEN when everything is in German!

This. Was. Great. They had an animated Dinosaur!!!! He moves!! I’m not quite sure why, but I really get a kick out it when the children scream. I kept thinking about the movie Night at the Museum, and how the big dinosaur skeleton asks like a dog — if you click on the video you can see how the dino’s tail wags 🙂 It makes me happy.

Baby elephant on the front steps of the museum. Too cute.

Today I am thankful for: NOT being jetlagged!! Woo hoo. AND a 4 day work week!!

Graz, Austria

Hello all. I’m finally settled back home and I’m not jetlagged — to0 badly. Although, I did take a nap an hour after I woke up. This jetlag is much better than when I got back from China. We’ll see. Anyways… my first full day in Austria was spent in a little city called Graz, just a 2.5 hour train ride South of Vienna. Ever heard of it? Yeah, I hadn’t either. But this guy recommended it to me and he know’s his stuff and he’s a trusted travel source and comedian! The town is a mix of old and new. Which I love. A lot of old historic cities really fight adding any type of modern architecture because most people think it will take away from the “essence” of an old historic city. I strongly disagree. And alternatively, I think in the case of the city of Graz, the adaptation of modern architecture has helped promote the city, add tourism, and revitalize it’s economy.

Sticking with the old = bad.

Doing something new = change = positive renewal.

I digress.

Unknowingly, the Kunsthaus Graz is rotating its collection and the large exhibition spaces were closed!! WOMP WOMP. But this is what we saw.

This is the Murinsel. It actually has a small cafe in the center of the walking path. It doesn’t look very exciting in the daylight but at night it comes alive.

I thought this was really cool. It wasn’t highlighting anything special. It was just a canopy in between these buildings.

I really like these stairs. It will take you to the top of the mountain. This is the Grazer Schlossberg which literally translates in to Castle Mountain. Now you can take all of those stairs OR you can take the lazy approach (which is exactly what we did). Check out this really cool elevator and guess what? It’s free. Not always the case.

And that was most of what we saw during our day trip to Graz. I highly recommend it. It was a lovely place. It will be even lovelier when everything opens up this summer. If you have the opportunity, you should definitely schedule a vist. Graz is super cool.

Today I am thankful for: a day at home to readjust my personal time clock.  

Austria

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I made it. I’m here. I’ve arrived to Vienna. I’ve been here for almost 3 days now and this city has not been a disappointment. I’ll have to update you on my travels when I come home because the Internet is a little hard to come by and while posting from my iPhone is possible — it’s not my favorite. Tomorrow and Wednesday is going to be museum day!! I cannot wait to check out all the modern art. And guess what my friendly art history followers??? The Venus of Willendorf is located in Vienna!!!! Woohoo!! I don’t know why I’m so excited about that, but I am. Oh wait, maybe because she is 25,000 years old. That’s right. Ok. I’ll stop boring you about super old fertility gods. I’m going to keep taking awesome pictures and share them with you next week. And today I am thankful for cold weather. It’s been in the 40s here!!! This is what I get for not over-packing! Must. Go. Shopping.

Procrastination

Hello all. It’s been a while, I know. I made a short business trip to Beaufort, SC for a few days this week. This picture was taken from a site visit. We constructed a park with walking trails and  a lake. People will be able to rent kayaks and buy worms to fish and it’s all surrounded by these beautiful trees. It was really nice and the clouds were just right.

I have to be honest with you, I’ve been procrastinating. I leave for Vienna, Austria next Friday!!! I’ll be visiting my bestest friend in the whole wide world – and I don’t have one. thing. planned. This is very unlike me.  But after you look at a computer for 9 hours… the last thing I want to do is come home and continue researching places to go, stay, eat … etc. So tonight, I found some really great places that we’ll be going to. I’m really excited. I think it’ll hit me about… next Thursday night when I’m stressed out and haven’t started packing — that I’ll actually be leaving the country… but until then — meh. We’ll survive. We always do. So right now, I’m listening to the original soundtrack of the Sound of Music (I want y’all to know I’m singing every lyric and hitting every note!!!), I’ve written down some of the major scenes from the movie that we have to visit (according to my father) – I refuse to go to that gazebo… did you know that it’s not actually the real one, they had to move it due to trespassing– and I’ll be thinking of the mountains I hope to be climbing in 2 weeks. I hope y’all are ready for some serious picture posts! In two weeks, you can just call me freakin’ Heidi!

I hope everyone is doing well. If you’ve been to Austria and have recommendations, please send them in! Have a great rest of the week!

Today I am thankful for: Miss Carol’s chicken dumplings. They are making my stuffy nose feel better.

“She climbs a tree and scrapes her knee, her dress has got a tear…”  (sounds like me)