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Hiking & Schnitzeling. Heidenreichsteiner Moor

The calm before the IB exam storm.

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An Easter Market in a Castle

Though I am not as inspired by Easter markets in the same way I am by Christmas markets, a market in a castle is another matter.

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Wirtshauskultur Saved the Day

Saturday’s outing did not quite live up to billing.

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(Not) Hiking and Schnitzeling. Kittenberger Erlebnisgärten

Though the day did begin with an H&S plan.

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Waldviertel Weihnachtsmarkt

Last Sunday was brisk but sunny, and a perfect day for a drive out to one of the “top” holiday markets from the list that the Niederösterreich tourism folks kindly compile each season. Our market of choice was at Schloss Rosenburg, a Renaissance Schloss towering above the River Kamp from atop a cliff. The setting alone is worth the short drive.

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A Castle Ruin and Some Mystical Rocks

A stealth approach is necessary when we plan for Clayton Theodore to accompany us on a day outing.  Even the slightest sound of his travel water bowl or leash being gathered turns him into an insufferable beast. He paces at our heels and whines. He whines and paces at our heels. He repeats said actions.  Until we are out the door. Sometimes, even when he is settled in the wagon, he continues to “sing” his happiness.

Saturday’s weather was cool, and just perfect for tromping about Lower Austria with our crazy Foxhound. Our first destination was Burgruine Dobra, a small ruin but with impressive sightseeing.

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Mohnblutte!

Washington, DC and Japan have cherry blossoms, Holland has tulips, Provence has lavender, and Lower Austria has poppies!  Tiny Mohndorf Armschlag (population: 88) is the place to be in mid-July, when more than 200 hectares of surrounding poppy fields show off in colorful style.

Hiking and Schnitzeling. “No Man’s Land”

 

This past Thursday was Eid al-Fitr, a celebration of the end of Ramadan, and a UN Holiday for Tony. With ideal weather in the forecast, and the need for Anna Grace to break-in her new hiking shoes before Austrian Scout Camp later this month, our day plan was set. Continue reading “Hiking and Schnitzeling. “No Man’s Land””

Into the Waldviertel: Say, "Cheese!"

I love my family, always up for a day outing that sounds even marginally interesting. Add in “cheese tasting,” and they were sold. And so we were off on a venture into the Waldviertel to learn about Austrian cheese production at Die Käsemacherwelt, The Cheese Makers World.
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