Saturday, September 06, 2014

TU FELIX AUSTRIA



Just a quick post with some images of my week in Austria. This would be my last visit back for a while. Having visited the home country four times in less than 24 month and with a pending transcontinental move again, I won't be back for  while.
It was a great visit as it usually is, now that I am driving back to France, all I can think of is what would have been if the Austrians would not have had their teeth kicked in during WW I.
What an EMPIRE it was at that time. Just imagine the food from all corners of Europe, of which now all you find are remnants in Austria. Nationalism is on the rise once again i say, let's see what happens.

I visited an acquaintance in a valley not far from Hinterstoder, where he purchased a property. Almost historic in age, the house is full of Empire memories. Less than 140 kilometers a drive, the place is well known to religious pilgrims and I have never been there. Well worth a visit.

I said good bye to friends and family for a while, they all had a chance to visit me in France, now they have to catch a plane to meet up again. Knowing that we won't be back for a while, I made the most of my meals, at home with Strudels and other home made treats, in restaurants with more complex dishes.

The weather was not the best, so most of the exterior pictures are greyish. Enjoy the images, next Austrian post is undetermined.


LEBERKAS

APPLE STRUDEL IN THE MAKING



BREAKFAST. HOME MADE EVERYTHING. EXCEPT COFFEE

WIENER SCHNITZEL

CAKES

GINGER BREAD HEARTS

AUSTRIAN COFFEE SERVICE

ROASTED VEAL LIVER

BLUNZN (BLOOD PUDDING)


HINTERSTODER


OVER THE HENGSTPASS 

TO MARIA ZELL

A TRADITIONAL PHARMACY

THEY PRODUCE THEIR OWN TINCTURES 

THE ORIGINAL JAGERMEISTER?

SMALL HERB GARDEN OUT FRONT THE PHARMACY



JUST HANGING AROUND

REMNANTS OF THE EMPIRE

A COUNTRY ESTATE

WITH A MASSIVE KACHELOFEN

AND AN OPEN FIRE

IT TAKES TALENT TO COOK WITH THIS HEARTH

THE LAKE VIEW

WOODEN HOUSES AROUND THE AREA


WORK OR GO HOME

SERVING THE BEST HIGHWAY FOOD IN THE WORLD

ALSO A HOTEL






4 comments:

melinda said...

enjoyed the pics...I still remember my familys trip thru Austria in the 60's ...we stayed a couple of days in Schloss Fuschel (sp?) outside Salzburg.....the setting was really gorgeous.....beautiful lake surrounded by mountains.....reminded us a bit of our area of NC...
good luck with the move....to???

H.Peter said...

Schloss Fuschl is a fantastic place Melinda. Now owned by Red Bull....

Indeed. Yes, the move to....!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

That was one serious apple strudel! Loved all the scenes and the ginger hearts and the chocolates, of course! :-)

Shirley

H.Peter said...

It is a very serious strudel that demands to be eaten the same day, Shirley