Though our social calendar had been filled for the last week, the family awoke on Day 2 of our three-day Austrian weekend asking, “What are we doing today?” Of course I had plans aplenty.
But first, culinary delights. Jack had requested our family graduation celebration to be one that included seafood. We all really, really miss the fresh offerings from the Mid-Atlantic and Cape Cod, but to our great delight Austria frequently comes through with rather delicious frutti di mare, like Jack’s entree at dinner Saturday evening.
And, beneath that crust of salt is a roasted sea bass that Tony and I enjoyed. Everything from the outdoor table to the staff to the food at this lovely restaurant helped create the perfect finale to Jack’s graduation celebration.
Watching Anna Grace go through even her warmup jumps made us all hungry somehow, and so on Sunday morning we left the barn after lesson and went in search of lunch, ending up in Znojmo, in the Czech Republic.
I pretty much stop reading a menu once I spy Zander (a Perch-like fish) or Forelle (a Trout cousin).
The boys went big with the house specialty of pork ribs. I tasted, and now know why they’re a house specialty.
Our lazy Sunday afternoon begged for a castle excursion after lunch. The Czech Republic Tourism folks print an amazing book and map that highlights the “worth seeing” castles and chateaus across the country that is freely available through their tourism office, making day-outings easy-peasy. (Hint, hint, Austrian National Tourism Office) A little outside Znojmo is Vranov nad Dyji, a castle in the market town of the same name. Viola! Except, the parking lot for the castle was 600m downhill from the structure, and with temperatures unseasonably hot and my guy still in a walking cast, touring the castle wasn’t happening, alas. The best we could do was illegally park and take a few quick photos. Next time.
Whit Monday morning found the family staring at me over breakfast with another “Well, what are we doing today?” look in their eyes. Off to Krems it was. Krems an der Donau is a popular destination for day-trippers from Vienna; thankfully, we noticed, it seemed the heat kept most of them away on our visit.
The architecture in Krems has Venetian and Byzantine influence, and all of us enjoyed our random wanderings…
…wrapping up our outing with lunch in a centuries old Brauhof before heading home and then to the Hallenbad Döbling (pool) for a cooling dip before dinner.