I´ve been gone. I know.
Sometimes we need to take breaks. Sometimes we need to look for ourselves. I´ve been trying to find myself since months. I´ve taken a closer look at myself last weekend in St. Peter Ording – Germany where I always feel grounded. This place has a lot of magic. Ever since I come back I feel this unique feeling of pure joy. I´ve spend an incredible weekend with 16 other women. A yoga retreat weekend. Joy. Healing. Breathing. Empowering. Energy.
I am still hearing the waves, the seagulls and the wind.
“There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.” ― Cheryl Strayed
- 5 Walnuts for the BEACHMOTEL
Some days ago I strolled around Vienna with my friends from Norway and we stumbled across that coffee place downtown.
Magic. Coffee. Art. Inspiration. Love. Aroma. Lingering. Taste.
This place has everything my coffee heart needs and …
We also headed to Cafe Ansari, a georgian cafe – restaurant that shines with its architecture and oriental menu. It´s situated in the 2nd district, in great walking distance to the Underground (U1). Awesome food, but slow service. Bring some patience with you or someone who´s able to entertain you.
Everyone should feel comfortable in his own clothes while visiting an opera or theater. Okay, I think. Let´s look for a classical outfit. A nice, simple dress (I definitely don´t want to be overdressed) and my best jewelry. I think that a visit to the opera or theater is not like going to the movies. My dress did not cost a fortune. To be honest I bought it a year ago during sales for almost nothing. On an evening like this I want to feel special too. But what I see many times this evening makes me wonder. Sneakers at the opera? A simple shirt, paired with some jeans?
I wonder how I would have felt in sneakers and jeans in between people wearing evening dress and even a tail coat. For sure out of place.
After 3 hours of Johann Strauss´ „The Fledermaus“ I am happy and applauding to the singers, actors, the conductor and the orchestra and to everyone who´s been working to make this wonderful evening. What do I see? Others hurrying out to be the first ones at the wardrobe? The curtain is still up and singers, actors and ballet dancers from the Viennese opera still on stage? I think it´s disrespectful to the actors, it´s disturbing to the other visitors. It´s not making any sense to me. But then I think:
“Happy is he who forgets, what can´t be changed anyway …. “
“Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, was doch nicht zu ändern ist”
J.Strauss II – die Fledermaus, Act I
Some more reads on etiquette at the opera, classical concerts, theaters
Because it’s Christmas and time’s running … I am sharing something that I’ve discovered last Christmas:
Christmas lights, wooden huts, old churches, …. the smell of mulled wine. It´s been 3 years since I treated myself with a hot Glühwein (mulled wine) at one of the many christmas markets around Vienna. I ve hosted one of a kind christmas market party in Nebraska last christmas and made 15 litre punsch for my friends and neighbors. Lovely, but I don´t know if I could transport the feeling of that tradition over the ocean.
It is simply magnificent, beautiful and delicious. I can´t get around all those treats. Cream cups for example.
My AWesome find for this week though is that healthy pedal powered carousel at Karlsplatz Christmas market in Vienna.
Artists from Theater Mowetz in Vienna built the merry-go-round out of flea market finds and trash.
Don´t you just wanna be a child and moan:”mommy, mommy pleeeeaaaaassssseeee”
Next week we are heading to France, where part of my family comes from. I ve visited my family last August after our return from the States. It has been an unforgettable weekend, that I was so thankful for to experience.
I visited the City of Chartres for the first time, as my cousin has settled there the last year and I couldn’t have asked for a better moment to return to France. In the midst of the night we arrived downtown and the first thing I saw was the illuminated cathedral of Chartres. I could sit there the whole night and watch this spectacle again and again.
Chapeau et à bientôt!
Chartres en lumières
See a teaser for this magnificent event on YouTube: Chartres at night
When did you last time throw pebbles into water?
Last weekend we went on a little adventure with our kids and went to the Myra Falls in Lower Austria.
There are more than 60 footbridges along the path which makes the hike easy and enjoyable for the kids.
We ve had a lovely rest after walking for 3 hours at the Gasthof Karnerwirt and had some traditional coffee Melange and Somlauer Nockerln. Sweet life! Seeing my kids roam and jump around, throwing pebbles and being exhausted at night, makes me feel complete. Love nature.
see more about the myra falls: http://www.myrafaelle.at
We sometimes tend not to see what is around us. I ve been more calm lately. I am looking around me, for the little details. Spring is awakening in the unique aera I am living in Austria. I am surronded by the Naturpark Föhrenberge which is a hilly, wooded aera just outside of Vienna and named after it´s “Föhren” – the umbrella shaped black pines. I am literally trapped in between fortresses, castles and the remaining ruins of the 11th century. Another wonderful thing about the south of Vienna are the gentle meadows and the vineyards. Lower Austria has a great reputation of good wines and if you think about visiting Vienna, you should definitly consider to visit Vienna´s big neighbor. Every now and then I start walking without a destination in my head and as a result I mostly get surprised with wonderful views and sights …. see yourself:
shots taken at Naturpark Föhrenberge, Burg Mödling, Rauchkogel, Matterhörndl and my backyard …
enjoy and stay awake today!
the view to the Husarentempel
Föhre – umbrella shaped pines
Matterhörndl – walk through it! Lucky girl ….
just a break
Rauchkogel in Maria Enzersdorf
another castle view
Every now and then I stumble across wonderful things in Vienna that I can´t wait to share. Vienna´s tradition of heavenly sweetness. Since over 70 years BONBONS Reimer is selling sweets. From cake decor to chocolate. Pure joy is found in this lovely Zuckerlgeschäft (Austrian for candy store).
Enjoy the peak inside. I am enjoying my chocolate now.
…. there´s nothing more simple than a walk to clear your mind, to breath, ….
I took the time to explore a bit more of the magnificient district of Mödling. Driving along the Naturepark Föhrenberge I parked my car next to a house where once Franz Grillparzer (Austrian writer) lived and took a steep path up to the “SCHWARZER TURM” (a ruin built in 1809). What I find is pure beauty. The view of the valley of the Naturepark and the town of Mödling with its 140 years old aqueduct.
Here are some of my impressions. Pure joy, on a rainy and gloomy day.
I am a coffee person. Every morning the same procedure. Coffee before I am available. Coffee before I think. Coffee. Elixir.
Around 3 p.m. in the afternoon the same thing. Coffee and cake. Indeed very Austrian I would say. Kaffee Jause.
Today I made it through the afternoon without my coffee. Drinking chocolate from Zotter instead.
Zotter Chocolate manufacturer is well known far beyond its borders for the organic, fair-trade and hand-scooped chocolate produced in Austria.
For a lovely, restful, thankful, peaceful and happy Sunday I made some Zotter Drinking Chocolate. The time it takes, and the love for chocolate is what makes this a wonderful ceremony. I am taking my first sip that causes to release many neurotransmitters. I am happy.
Zotter Drinking Chocolate comes in many different variations (BitterClassic, RichAlmond, India Masala, Hot Turmeric, Pumpkin Seed Nougat, White Vanilla, …. and many more). It definitely will make you afternoon a sweet experience.
With this and some handmade Vanillekipferl we celebrated todays first advent. Made in Austria made us happy.