Pinnekjøtt is a Christmas meal, which is often also cooked on new year’s eve.
according to wikipedia:
In Norway, Pinnekjøtt is a main course dinner dish of lamb or mutton. Pinnekjøtt is a festive dish typical to Western- and Northern Norway, and is rapidly gaining popularity in other regions as well. This dish is largely associated with the celebration of Christmas, served with puréed swede and potatoes, beer and akevitt. 37% of Norwegians say they eat pinnekjøtt for their family Christmas dinner.
So do we. 😀
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It’s been a good year. Some periods of my life have been much more busy, and especially July and the last three months. I’m happy that I’ve (mostly) managed to put up a picture a day. In 2014 I’ll continue on, and I hope to see many of you here still.
Happy new year everyone!! May 2014 be a blast for you all!!!!!! 😀
Visning a local saw mill. Still operable, and in summer it’s running twice a week, for the benefit of curious cats. 🙂
Our guest harbour is taking a wee brash after the storm. But the next one is just around the corner!
A break in the clouds! Worth more than gold if you ask me… here is just a very average picture of a very average fjord. Everyday life in Norway 🙂
I travelled home about four days ago, and it’s been really awful weather the whole way. We’ve hardly been able to get out the door, without being drenched and blown away. A bit of a bummer, especially since the last few Christmases have been white. But oh well… today we were able to get out and see a little bit, like this place here. This is one of the local beaches, or rather, this is right next to one of the local beaches. It may not be surprising to you that it was quite empty today… 😉
I like going to Musikverein before Christmas. If I were in Vienna during the holidays I might want to go during as well, but so far that hasn’t happened. There are many categories of seating… the most expensive ones are of course down in front of the orchestra (though not the front seats), but you can get really cheap reservations too. Like the standing places, that only cost 5 Euro each. If you’re in good shape that’s really a bargain to see the great pieces that are put on. 🙂
Greetings from Vienna again! I’m still in Norway, but here is another impression from Vienna. 🙂
Horrible weather, limited internet access and a missing luggage has kept me from posting, but I’m hoping to be up and running again soon!! Enjoy your time with family, loved ones, and tonnes of food!!
Some last minute frantic shopping for Christmas… And saw these cuties outside the mall. But they were getting ticketed…. 😛
I guess the bear had a party?
Sooo! I have been holding out for this one, and finally managed to go there yesterday. Finally! I like this little market, although it’s not so little anymore.. it’s one of the prettiest ones I think. For the occasion of the Christmas market they empty the lake and put carousels and pony rides there. How cute is that! 🙂
The fog and the frost are making things all white and pretty 🙂
This morning Vienna was covered in Fog, while up here at Kahlenberg the sun was shining bright. Now, the situation is already changed, and we can’t see a thing. But, just because of this fresh start of the day, my mood is quite elevated. 🙂
Today is was time for another Christmas market. We made our way to Belvedere, where we both managed to burn some cash, and marvel at the setting. Nothing largely special as a market, but still worth a visit 🙂
Palais Coburg, also known as Palais Saxe-Coburg, is a palace in Vienna, Austria. It was owned by the Kohary branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
Palais Coburg was designed in 1839 by architect Karl Schleps in Neoclassical style, and built from 1840 to 1845 by Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha atop the Braunbastei (Brown Bastion), a part of the Vienna city defences dating to 1555. It is nicknamed the Spargelburg (“castle of asparagus”) for its central portico with many freestanding columns.
Its last private owner was Princess Aurelia of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, morganatic widow of a prince, who lived there with her family. The owners sold the palace in the 1970s and today is a luxury hotel after extensive renovations.
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This looks like a cruise ship… it has all the little shops etc. We had our Christmas party there. It was different. Very posh. Good food though
Even around the corner from where I live it’s possible to pick up a decent Christmas tree. It looks quite gloomy and dark after hours though, this was only at 6pm, so I guess they choose to close quite early during weekdays. This is truly the darkest month in Vienna… But luckily also one of the more exciting ones. 🙂
Very hard to see anything on Kahlenberg today…
This is a common sight for anyone in Vienna. The VOR ticket machines. I’ve been checked THREE times in the last two weeks, which means that Wienerlinien are really stepping up their ticket controls now before Christmas.. I can go a month or two without being checked normally. Vienna is actually a REALLY affordable city in terms of public transport, or Öffis as the Austrians call it. To get an annual ticket will cost you about 32 Euro per month, which gives you access to buses, trams, s-bahn (regional trains, but only within the borders of Vienna city), and of course subways. I’ve never lived in a city this affordable and reliable. Yes it can be a bit shit if it snows a lot, but you’ll still make it! Which is pretty good in itself. On a normal day you can rely on the Öffis to get you to work within 20 minutes of your plan if you’re just winging it, and if you plan it to perfection you normally make it to your destination within 5 minutes of your plan. So yes… I may be annoyed with them sometimes (like when bus drivers smoke out the window of the buses on a cold day), but on the whole, I’m quite happy to be in a city where it’s this easy to not have a car. 🙂
The university is renting a seminar room at the hotel on Kahlenberg, and I’m teaching here one day a week. This is what greeted me when I came in today. Yay!
Construction continues on Kark Marx Hof in Heiligenstadt. I think they are just renovating the facade. So this is a daily occurrence.
Seeing as Stadthallebad is closed for ever and ever, a lot of people are going to Amalienbad instead (as well as to the other public pools, none of which have pools that are more than 25 metres long). This weekend I passed by Amalienbad, which was put up in the 20s. It’s actually a really ok pool to go to, I can recommend it 🙂
For the first time after they reconstructed Wien Mitte there is now a Christmas market there. Seeing as it’s now more or less a pedestrian area (only buses are allowed to drive through) They’ve made it up quite nicely. I like! 🙂
A quite nice church in the 10th district, close to Reumannplatz. It is relatively new; built at the turn of the 20th Century, as the parish was too large to fit into the one church that existed in the 10th district.
This is the last post from Bruneck! And I’m dedicating it to the castle on the hill.
Info from the official website:
No matter which side you approach the town from, the first thing you will see is the large, beautiful bishop’s palace, Bruneck Castle. It is situated on an easily accessible hill above the town and looks down on the houses of the old quarter as if it was still responsible for watching over the people’s lives and safety.
The main entrance to the castle is the south gate that was once reached over a drawbridge.
In the castle’s inner courtyard, steps in the half round tower lead to the upstairs rooms. The royal rooms are in the right wing, and in the left, the custodian’s residence, where the staff also originally lived.
I’ve been out and about a bit more today, and went up to the castle to see the view of Bruneck. It’s a really cute city!
The city is about 700 years old, and here is some of the local history as can be found on Wikipedia:
Bruneck (Italian: Brunico; Ladin: Bornech or Burnech; Latin: Branecium or Brunopolis) is the largest town in the Puster Valley in the Italian province of South Tyrol. Bruneck lies at the confluence of the Ahr with the Rienz (which itself flows into the Eisack river.
Bruneck lies 35 km (22 mi) from Brixen and 70 km (43 mi) from Bolzano and from the Brenner Pass. To the east, the town is 60 km (37 mi) from Winnebach on the border to East Tyrol.
Bruneck was founded by the Prince-Bishop Bruno von Kirchberg of Bruneck, and was first mentioned on 23 February 1256. At that time the town consisted of two rows of houses forming a narrow lane. The town walls and moat were completed in 1336 under Bishop Albert von Enn. Soon thereafter, further rows of houses were built outside the eastern gate. These led to the small Church of Our Lady (today’s Church of the Assumption of Mary). The first church inside the town walles (at first only a small chapel) was built beneath the castle by the Brunecker burgher Niklas Stuck. This church is today the Rainkirche. In 1358, Heinrich von Stuck, Niklas’s brother, funded the hospital/almshouse that was built in the following years.
Today I continued my Christmas market tour, although not in Vienna…
Just 4 hours on the train from Vienna. Seems a place where I should go once, to check it out properly!
So… I’m off again! This time on a conference.. in Brunico, South Tirol. My train is leaving from Westbahnhof, and I’ll be there in 7.5 short hours. 🙂
As some commenters have mentioned, there are many tourists at the most ‘famous’ Christmas markets. This shows a row of buses outside the Schönbrunn market. Buses come from Poland, Czech, Hungary, Slovenia.. All over the place! I suppose some people think it’s worth it to come here for a bit of pre-Christmas cheer. Vienna is really at its most picturesque during this season… it really knows how to do Christmas! So, I’ll continue to work my way down the list of markets. 🙂