With the wagon in the sick bay, Sunday’s plan of hiking in the Kamptal with visiting friends needed tweaking, as we were now without wheels. A second pair of friends joining us had wheels, but not enough seats for the four of us, so Tony and I bought train tickets and met the crew in Langenlois; hence the €59,60.

Along the way, the Stupa am Wagram in its final stages of construction. Word is that the Dalai Lama himself will attend the opening.

Connecting with our friends and backpacks filled with picnic provisions, off we set along the 7 km trail. We had discovered this wine hike last September and loved the concept. As it turned out, our friends loved it too.

No grapes on the vines this early, but plenty of green all around.

Whimsical sculptures to entertain and numerous places to pause and enjoy both the sun and the vista.

These three gents can tell you everything you might ever want to know about the Fukushima Daiichi NPP disaster. And then some.

The highlights of this particular trail, though, are the wine huts. One purchases a hiking kit from the nearby Loisium Wine World (wine glass and carrying bag) and is loaned a key to unlock the wine refrigerators.

The first wine hut is conveniently located at the top of a hill, so one is both hungry and thirsty after the climb.

Inside the first hut looking out.

The short walk to the second hut is the perfect stop for sweets.

More of the same for the final hut, where we relaxed and enjoyed the sunshine, drank the wine, and reflected on our friendships. Kanpai! Cheers! Prost!