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.
APPLE STRUDEL IN THE MAKING
BREAKFAST. HOME MADE EVERYTHING. EXCEPT COFFEE
GINGER BREAD HEARTS
AUSTRIAN COFFEE SERVICE
ROASTED VEAL LIVER
BLUNZN (BLOOD PUDDING)
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