• 2017
  • Wine tasting

    This weekend Ari and I went wine tasting. I had heard of a neat vineyard close to where we live, and after googling it, I knew we had to check it out. The vineyard had tree houses that you could rent and some of them were so big that they even had bathrooms and showers! The pictures online looked AMAZING and I was able to find a groupon for it 🙂 We were able to get a wine tasting for two and a bottle of wine for only 7$!! I mean who could turn that down!?!

    The drive was about 30 minutes through the country and we got to see tons of horses! Unfortunately, when we got to the vineyard we were a little disappointed. I guess since the weather had been so warm, we were in the mindset that it was summer. Well, we were  quickly reminded that it was only April and those beautiful green vineyards that I had envisioned where at least a couple of weeks(or months) away. But on the bright side there was still wine tasting!

    We really enjoyed our trip and will definitely check it out again when the vineyards are in full bloom!

    A couple of years ago, I went to a vineyard/ wine tasting with my mom, aunt, uncle and cousin in Austria. It was a completely different experience. I think my expectations were definitely a little too high because of it. We where in the heart of wine country and despite it being a very gloomy day, the views were incredible.

    Here our some photos of our drive.

    At the vineyard we got treated with a delicious lunch and got to sample some of their bottles. (My uncle was purchasing wine for his restaurant, so I know we got the first class treatment 😉 ) After our bellies were full,  wet got a tour of their wine cellar. The cellar was probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. We were told all about the process of wine making and got to take a look at their oldest/most expensive bottles! They were all moss covered and boy did they look fuzzy! At lunch one of those bottles was opened and YUM!

    After our grand tour of the wine cellar, we headed out to their vineyard.

    Looking back on my adventures in Austria, makes me even more excited to show hubby my homeland!

    Happy Sipping XO


  • 2017
  • Planning for Austria

    This summer we will be traveling to Austria! I am SO SO SO excited! I haven’t been since I started PA school (so its been about 3ish years now). Hubby has NEVER been, so this will be a first for him and I am way excited. Ari has not met most of my family, so I’m thrilled to show off my new HUB! Plus I get to show him my homeland!

    The majority of our short trip will be spent visiting family, but I also plan to show Ari some of what I think are the most BEAUTIFUL places ever. We are unfortunately only going for a little over a week. This seems like nothing to me, since all our family trips prior had been 5-6 weeks. I really was spoiled growing up! Being able to spend such a long time over in Europe was a blessing. And even those trips went by WAY too fast, so I already know the week will definitely fly by. Nevertheless it will be a wonderful time!

    My parents still own our childhood home, so I get to show Ari where I grew up! (Well I guess not really since we moved to the US when I was 4 and prior to that we lived in Germany on and off, but to me it is and will always be home).  My mom asked me recently if I will miss having our home in Pittsburgh, when they retire somewhere warm. And honestly No. To me our Pittsburgh home was always ‘temporary’ (even though we lived there for over 20 years!).  I think the reason was that as I was growing up we never planned on living in the US permanently. There was always talk of eventually moving back to Austria, so I guess I never truly viewed it as ‘home’. Now on the other hand, I know that if my parents sell our home in Austria, I will be devastated. So for now, I am happy I get to go there this summer with Ari and soak up all the memories.

    So what do I have planned?? Well, Ari and I will be landing in Vienna, so our first two days we will be cramming in all that we can. I will definitely take Ari to St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Stephansdom). Mainly because Ari has never understood why I always insist on going inside Churches. And that’s because he has never seen a breathtaking church like Stephansdom. When I go I will try and take as many pictures as I can, but honestly, I already know the photos just wont do it justice. If you are ever in Vienna, or anywhere in Europe, I highly recommend checking out the beautiful architecture and artwork in the churches , I’m sure you’ll be AMAZED.

    We will also of course visit the Schönbrunn Palace and gardens. Another breathtaking place which I highly recommend visiting if you are in the area. If you aren’t planning on traveling to Vienna in the near future you can check out their main website and actually virtually tour the palace and the gardens on your computer! I also want to visit the Schönbrunn zoo. It is the oldest Zoo in the world! Going to zoos is one of my favorite thing to do, but I’m not sure if we will have time to go.

    Lastly, we will be doing lots of window shopping on Kärntner Straße (Vienna’s famous shopping street), sipping on coffee in cafés, and eating lots of ice cream and bread!

    Next, we will travel to Linz. Ari will get to see my childhood home, meet my family, and see all the places first hand that I’ve talked his ear off about. I could ramble on for pages about Linz and all the places I will show Ari, but ill just save that for when we return from our trip!

    Here are a few pics from Linz! (not the greatest pics I know… Ill make sure to capture more of Linz this summer!)

    And here are some mountain pics of the Austrian Alps, since I will definitely be taking Ari into the mountains! (This is actually my most favorite thing to do and I CANNOT wait to experience this with my husband)

    Ill be posting lots from our trip when we return, so stay tuned! I’d love to hear about your favorite destinations! XO