Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wine Country ♥

We had a great weekend with Shyla and Grant in the Southern Austria wine region. Just an hour away from Graz and close the Slovenian border we have our own Napa or Tuscany.

It's really a little slice of heaven (with some slices of wurst on the side).  I feel bad showing my family these photos after the horrible, devastating droughts (and now wildfires) Texas is having.  I wish I could export chunks of the green hills to them.

the Gang

ripe for the pickins

never been in an English car

our accommodations (winery, restaurant (buschenschank) and guest rooms..all owned and operated by one family through many generations)

so cute

we had the dog

shyla and grant got an elephant

dinner time

Buschenschank food. All from the region. No hot plates, but lots of yum stuff.

{pic from internet}
Vanilla ice cream with Southern Austria's claim to fame: kürbiskernöl (pumpkin seed oil) drizzled on top. Sounds gross, but unbelieveably GOOD.

a day of wandering.

and gymnastics.

and kitty loving.

these signs to various buschenschanks pop up at forks in the road and are quite daunting. this is the tallest.

walking out of the church and into heaven.

an Austrian family of blondies all in traditional dress at lunch. how Sound of Music!

Italian and Irish (can you tell which is which?)

lovely boys (after some vino).

and the girls. (wined up + some schnapps too)

Had a surprise visit from Kim and her sister-in-law. So fun.

I'll leave you with a shot of the calendar in the girls' bathroom at our hotel.


Belle said...

Hi, Carolyn! I've just discovered you blog and your design skills (gorgeous work, by the way). Your trip looks amazing and that Austrian family is too adorable! I can't wait to read more about your life abroad!

Juliette said...

Love that you got away for a little escape -and to such a cute place, too! Totally forgot that wine fest season is now upon us...have to go look into that! =)

Lindsey Lenig said...

Looks like you guys had a great time!! You look great btw!!

molly b. said...

What a fun trip! So jeal. Love love love your hat. And that belt looks super fly, too. Hoping your folks in TX get rain so very soon.

Katrin said...

Gorgeous photos! Brilliant weather! Which Buschenschank is it? (This is asking an Austrian...) :)))

Carolyn said...

Hi Katrin,

It was Rothschaedl...I definitely recommend it!

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life in...Fiji said...

Hi Carolyn! Just discovered your blog and love it. Can't wait to read more!

Rebecca said...

I recognize the Alpha and Omega church doors- just up the hill from a little wine museum, right? I'm back in the States and feeling a bit of Heimweh!

Rachel facing looming unemployment in Heidelberg said...

I tried to write to you but my computer/e-mail keeps dying.
I think you all look super cool on this weekend, v. jealous :p
I had an accident on my bike - the bike came off better than I did, but no broken bones.
I'm learning Spanish and still jobhunting . . .
Please explain fraternaties & such?

bedresttobabies said...

so fun!! looking lovely my friend!

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