similar to other countries, Austria has something like the salvation army. It’s called Caritas, and it’s run completely by volunteers. The proceeds from their shop (Carla laden) go towards their projects for the homeless and needy, so spending money there actually makes you feel kinda good… ahem. Well anyway! I found some treasures. I found a board game section…. yusss!!
The shop is made up of three really sizeable halls… one with general furniture, one with books and huge furniture, and one with vintage clothing. (and strange clothing from the 80s).
This is called the ‘Altwiener Christkindlmarkt, and it’s located at Freyung, a hop and a skip away from Schottentor.’ It’s quite small, but very nice. They also have a hot chocolate stand from Zotter there, which is just irresistible! There is a picture of the hot chocolate stand in my post from last year: Old post
Yesterday after work I met up with some friends for the third round of Christmas market punsch. Although it’s full of tourists, we decided to go visit the one at city hall. It’s most certainly one of the more picturesque ones. The punsch is a bit more expensive than the other markets we found, but only a bit. I can recommend this one during the week, when there are less people. 🙂
So, I’ve taken some short breaks with you guys tagging along, to Prague, Graz, and to Innsbruck for example – all places that are easy to get to from Vienna. Normally that has been my criteria; that it’s doable at a penny and a half and within a weekend. But then, I just though I’d ask those of you who like to follow this blog – do you want me to post from Norway when I go there for Christmas? I can tell you right now that it’s a 5-hour journey on a good day to get there from Vienna, and it’s not on the cheap side (!), and also not the most easy target. BUT. If those following the blog have an interest, I’ll certainly share ‘everyday life in smalltown Norway’ with you guys when I’m home for Christmas. 🙂
Write yay or nay!! 🙂
– Tina –
No pictures yesterday and today, as I’m under strict orders from my doctor to stay in bed. 😦 Hopefully I’ll be released tomorrow…..
Earlier I didn’t really consider the option of getting freshly made knödel for dinner. I’d only ever seen them in the freezer, and wasn’t really gonna go there. BUT. I made a visit to Merkur recently, and noticed that they had a whole little knödel-section, with fresh knödel of all kinds… YUM!! Since then we’ve been having knödel twice, which is twice more than ever before in my home. 🙂
St. Martin’s Day, also known as the Feast of St. Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, the Feast of St Martin of Tours or Martin le Miséricordieux, is a time for feasting celebrations. This is the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and the annual slaughter of fattened cattle produced “Martinmas beef”. Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm laborers would seek new posts.
November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours, who started out as a Roman soldier. He was baptized as an adult and became a monk. It is understood that he was a kind man who led a quiet and simple life. The most famous legend of his life is that he once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of the cold. That night he dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half-cloak Martin had given away. Martin heard Jesus say to the angels: “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clothed me.
The day is celebrated on the evening of November 11 in a small part of Belgium (mainly in the east of Flanders and around Ypres), and in most areas of Austria. Children go through the streets with paper lanterns and candles, and sing songs about St. Martin. Sometimes, a man dressed as St. Martin rides on a horse in front of the procession.
So, all of Saturday I was locked up inside cooking this monstrosity of a bird-creation. It turned out really great, especially accompanied by all the wonderful side dishes that people brought (bacon brussel sprouts, mashed potato, mashed pumpkin, cranberry sauce, various snacks, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate mousse, PUMPKIN PIE… etc.) Before we could even start cooking it, we had to debone them. That took about 3 hours… so, half an hour per bird. I’m not kidding.
But, who says that deboning birds can’t be fun?? (My friend Mark checking out the bird’s legs):
After deboning, we stuffed and layered the three birds:
I can honestly say, that a 4kg Turkey, stuffed with a 2kg duck and a 1.5kg chicken IS ENOUGH for 12 people!!! I was afraid it wouldn’t be, so I made two Turduckens. We didn’t really even manage to finish one…
For desert we had the muffins, mousses, and my love made this to die for pumpkin pie:
What a crazy weekend… here a photo from the board game convention in Vienna today. Amazing.
Over 5000 games including card games, role playing and board games, and a fair few other types. It was magical! This happens once a year – next time I’m gonna be better prepared, as this time we didn’t really get the whole day there.
Metro is a place to bulk-buy just about every item you could possibly think of. Also alcohol! These massive bottles were to great amusement to us when walking through. We’re cooking a Turducken tomorrow… So, it’s very likely that tomorrow’s shot will be a turducken. I’ll be cooking most of the day… 😛
Hurra! I was nominated by Michelle who writes the blog European Holiday and River Cruising Memoirs. She has some really magnificent photos, which is really what I’m all about when I’m searching the net for interesting blogs. So, I thank Michelle for this honour, and will try my best to follow the award rules and pay this forward!
The award rules:
If you receive this award it means someone really values all the hard work you put into your blog and the kind and considerate thoughts and comments you share with others through the WordPress experience. It means you’ve been identified as someone who is part of the WordPress family.
In accepting the award you are asked to:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having a positive impact on your WordPress experience; people you feel are part of your own WordPress family.
4. Let your 10 new “Family” members know you have awarded them
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as a friend, and spread the continue to spread the love.
Seeing as there are very many awards floating around WordPress, and it is a bit daunting once one gets caught up in the midst of it, I’ll just post mine here and be done with it. Although I have more than ten blogs that I follow on at least a weekly basis, some of them have already been awarded by me for the liebster award. I might catch some of them twice… just because I always read them!
To make this easier, I’m simply going to pick out the last ten that posted something. It’s kinda fair that way. 😉
So here is my wacky and lovely ‘WordPress Family:’
Auntie Louis: http://en.wordpress.com/read/blog/id/33767956/ – always a wise word about most things.
Cousin once removed Spatz: http://spatztoo.wordpress.com/ – lovely, lovely photos.
Uncle Svein: http://seenorway.wordpress.com/ – a very dear blog to me. And blogger. Aiming to show you ALL of Norway.
My dodgy brother MisfitWisdom: http://misfit120.wordpress.com/ – his misery is very amusing at times. 😉
Daredevil cousin-in-law Gunner: http://urbexcentral.com/ – one of my links to Wellington, and living the dream.
Long-time penpals Quillan and Angela: http://toemail.wordpress.com/ – postcards from people (and toes) from all over the world!
Long-lost cousin Jedib: http://louisland.wordpress.com/about/ – gorgeous shots from Vienna and Austria.
Freakishly perfect sister-in-law at Homemade with mess: http://homemadewithmess.wordpress.com/ – Recipes to die for. I’m still waiting to try to bake the tipsy jaffa cake..
Competitive coussie Beatrice: http://shootingvienna.wordpress.com/ – also great shots from Vienna.
Shy but adorable kitten Kiki: http://throughalaywomanslens.wordpress.com/ – an ‘amateur’ photographer that just keeps getting better by the day.
There you have it. My most recently active WordPress Family members. 🙂
There you have it!