I am not here – I´ve been looking for myself

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. 

pure joy   Ich bin nicht da empowering Yoga on the beach Akro             FKK - this one´s for C.

I am still hearing the waves, the seagulls and the wind.  the tree - grounded

Today´s quote:
“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 Beachmotel



happy is who forgets ….

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

Fledermaus Vienna happy is

Some more reads on etiquette at the opera, classical concerts, theaters

it´s a moment

it’s a moment

its only a moment

it’s a moment

full of life

melanie  d.-t.,  dec 2014

sharing some of my favorite moments of 2014

happy new year and all the best to all of you.


raindrops and the north

raindrops and the north



may 1st

May 1st celebration


la france


abbekas – sweden and legoland


denmark – sweet moments


germany – elbe fährt


loose tooth




romantic days in france




welcome – nebraska





it does make sense – trust your instincts

Aren´t you sad too that this time of the year is over again? It seems like I just lit the first candle of our advent wreath, and now I am already thinking of cleaning up.

I had little to no access to my MacBook the last days and to be honest, I did´t feel like it either. I needed to rest and open my eyes to a new day and simply drink coffee while writing my personal morning pages. I just started writing again after I had not done so for a while. I want to feel more, not less. It´s a time commitment that I sometimes just can´t afford. But today I knew I wanted to nurture myself with something I like to do. Blogging is one thing that intrigues me. There are definitely days where I´ve  been critiquing myself for taking away that time and thinking that it doesn´t make any sense. Today I know whether it makes sense or not I am willing to create something. I am willing to share  some of my thoughts and photos I´ve taken the last days before Christmas as part of the December Photo Project.

Whenever you doubt that writing down your thoughts, inspirations or ideas is the right thing to do, then simply do it. Trust your instincts. You are taking care of yourself that way, and with that said, you´ve done the right thing.

Wishing all of you happy days with your loved ones and a happy new year 2015!

christmas moments  – december 16 th until december 24th 
DPP 2014 by http://www.tredways.org. #dpp2014
december 24th - the christkind
the view. the one and only

smoking chimney


its getting cold


Grossarltal in Salzburg, where we spend some days before Christmas. How lucky.

mountain christmas market

This mountain christmas market is one of the places you want to be during christmas time. Perfect. Sweet. Lovely. Unique. For more impressions of that spot in Austria read more: pure as water


Christmas singers
On the way
It´s me. Enjoying that moment.

It´s me. Enjoying that moment.

pedal power at the christmas market

Because it’s Christmas and time’s running … I am sharing something that I’ve discovered last Christmas:

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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






throwing pebbles and how this makes you happy


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


Ostermarkt in Vienna


The traditional Viennese Easter market is one of its kind ….
In Vienna those days or visiting during easter? The Altwiener Ostermarkt at the Freyung offers more than 40.000 decorated eggs and other traditional Austrian Easter decorations, food and events.

What to do with those eggs that come in different sizes and colors? We usually hang them on windows, trees and most important on foliating twigs of willow, so called ‘Palmkatzerln’.

You can still explore the market until April 21st this year! Ostermarkt Freyung





awesome awakening

my awesome dwarf

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!



Burg Mödling

Burg Mödling

the view to the Husarentempel

the view to the Husarentempel






Föhre - umbrella shaped pines

Föhre – umbrella shaped pines



Matterhörndl – walk through it! Lucky girl ….


just a break

Rauchkogel in Maria Enzersdorf

Rauchkogel in Maria Enzersdorf

slow down

slow down

another castle view

another castle view




Neat! Ring the bell for the ferry boat.

Being surrounded by castles, palaces, ruins, fortresses I am sharing today some photos of one of my favorite family weekend strolls:

the former intriguing Habsburg summer residence in Laxenburg and its majestic gardens with all the picturesque castles.

Winter and Summer this place has a lot to offer. Kissing under mistletoes, feeding some 20something kg common carps in the pond, access the Franzensburg (from 1801) with the hand drawn ferry and end your walk during summer always with some ice cream at the well known Laxenburg ice cream shop.








5 walnuts for the playground at the castle and the possibility to bring the kids bikes

Look out for special events during summer at Schloss Laxenburg.