The Last Day in Vienna


This winter the last days of the old year, I was the very first time in Vienna/Austria. My man wanted so much to visit a Christmas market but in Italy all markets were already gone when he arrived in Europe. So in Vienna we were lucky to have the chance to go even to a few. This way he had Glühwein (molted wine) and all the typical food. He loves the atmosphere and the lights. I like that, too.


But we had more than that. We had a wonderful sight-seeing tour through the inner city which was once surrounded by city walls. An Imperial city with huge palaces which actually were/are houses for people with a little more money than the average. We saw the famous Lipizzaner school right in the middle of the city, the park were they are sometimes brought to graze, we saw the Augustin Gasse, of whom I know a song (Augustin was actually a poor man who fell into a pit with dead bodies during the black death and came out without never getting the disease, a miracle).


We saw a beautiful Orthodox church and we have been in a typical Wiener Kaffeehaus, where I learnt that it is a tradition that the waiter is unfriendly. I liked the Kaffeehaus, not so much the tradition.

We were sitting on the tram putting our noses up against the window to see all those beautiful Christmas lights in the streets. We had some pan cakes in a famous little restaurant where I could have even gluten-free pancakes. I just jumped in this indulgence.

I liked the special atmosphere in the shopping mall Palais Ferstel. Obviously a shopping place for people with only big money. I liked more to see all these Krapfen. Typical for markets.

It was a perfect day to close the old year and jump into a fantastic new one!

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Vienna/Austria


For further information:
Vienna


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A Winter Walk in Graz


This winter I had a nice New Years time again. I was not alone at home and sleeping into the new year but I was together with my love to visit a friend in Graz/Austria and for New Years Eve we went all together to stay with friends in Vienna.

I have been many times in Graz to visit my friend there but for my sweetie it was the very first time. So we had a wonderful sight-seeing tour. My friend knows nearly everything about Graz, from ancient history to modern economic problems. It was wonderful to see the beautiful city with him.


I have already a few blog-articles here and this is just a display of some nice winter photos of Graz.

It was pretty full of people from all over the world, I heard a lot of Italian as well. The lights are beautiful and I liked the up-side-down hanging Christmas trees.

Hope you enjoy this after-Christmas photos!

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Graz, Styria/Austria:


For further information:
Graz Tourism webpage
More about Graz on my friend’s own website Travelwriticus

You might like to read also:
Discovering One of The Most Interesting Cities in Austria – Graz
The Key to … at the Key and Lock Museum in Graz

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Spaghetti Frittata – A Simple Italian Pasta Dish


Frittata means omelette and normally you prepare it just with eggs and maybe some ingredients to make a filling. I prepared a total different way in an Italian style: frittata di spaghetti.

Yep, that is pasta with eggs and baked in the oven. Of course, you can prepare this dish also in a pan on the stove, but I preferred the oven to have a little less mess with the turning over the frittata.


This is a dish you make with ‘old’ pasta, the left over of the day before. We generally don’t eat cold pasta the day after but we can re-use it for a new dish. This is one. That means you don’t need necessarily spaghetti, it can be any kind of pasta of the previous day, macaroni, fusilli or penne. And it doesn’t matter if they have also a little bit of sauce (as normally you put the pasta into the sauce, stir to mix well the sauce together with the pasta and then serve on the plates).

Historically this is an old way to re-use the pasta of the previous day. It is mostly made in a salty version, with cheese and/or bacon, salami or anything else. But there is also a sweet version that is a typical dish for Eastern in the Campagna region. And I like that one, too.


If you have ‘clean’ pasta it’s best to add some more taste like pancetta, salami or bacon. Also, some vegetables like peas for example are great. Everything that make the pasta a little more colorful and tasty. Add the eggs and the cheese (or omit, but it makes the pasta tastier), put in a frying pan or cake pan and bake for half an hour. You can cut the frittata like a cake in triangle-shaped pieces and eat them right away with your hand.

It is a great dish to bring for a picnic or when you are on a day trip.

Enjoy it!


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Frittata di Spaghetti
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Servings Prep Time
4 portions 20 minutes
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25 minutes
frittata pasta
Frittata di Spaghetti
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 portions 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 portions 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: portions
Instructions
  1. Pu a big pot of water on the stove and bring it to boil. Then add the pasta (spaghetti, linguine, macaroni, spirals...). Let them cook until they are 'al dente'.
  2. Preheat the oven on 180°C/350°F.
  3. Pour them in a colander and then in a big bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix with two forks until everything is well combined.
  4. Put the pasta in a casserole and then into the oven. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden on the top.
  5. Take the frittata out of the oven when ready and let it cool a little bit before cutting into pieces.
Recipe Notes

The frittata di spaghetti is perfect also the day after and cold. It's a popular picnic dish and great when you are going to travel. 

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An Afternoon in Vist in the Marine Resort of Gargano National Park


When we were last summer in the Gargano National Park we visited the little town Vieste, Vist in the Apulian dialect. The beauty is a jewel in the North of Apulia and is known for the clean blue waters. In fact, it received the blue flags (a certification for beach, marine and sustainable boating tourism).


Vieste is in the furthest point of the National Park and is surrounded by cliffs and wonderful beaches. There are two main beaches and many little ones, some of them can only be reached by boat. The amazing arches a going into the see are washed out by erosion in the calcareous rock. The water has a rich blue, turquoise color. I couldn’t get enough of it. It looked so incredibly beautiful.


About history: The place was already inhabited in the Paleolithic. Later the Greek found a perfect place to live here, Romans used the port and the history than goes like most of the Italic peninsula with the Longobards and later the Normans and the Suevians. Under last ones the place started to have the city-liked shape of today. During the Kingdom of Naples Saracens and pirates came frequently for raids. But the real disaster were the Turks when in 1554 more than 5.000 old and infirm inhabitants were killed because they were useless for slavery.

Around 1100 the diocese of Vieste was established.


Today Vieste is a touristic place but still in a very sustainable way. Only a few decades ago it was just a little fishermen town with agriculture in the hinterland.

The lighthouse looks very interesting as it is built in the sea and can be reached only by boat. The minor cathedral on a high point is worth to visit and start maybe the round-walk right from here. We did so. But we didn’t visit the castle.


We spent a few hours on the beach before visiting the little town. As I found a parking place right to the cathedral, we started our walk there. We just wanted to have a look in the Medieval town but we finished staying until late in the evening. The little alleys – all without any traffic –are full of small restaurants and shops, people are living here and the laundry is drying hanging from one side of the street to the other. It a certain way I felt like being in Naples. But then: in the south of Italy we all live the same way.

We had good food sitting in a small restaurant outside in the street right next to the sea. It was romantic, beautiful and so much Italian summer.

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National Park of Gargano, Apulia/Italy:


For further information:
Official website of the National Park of Gargano
Website of Vieste


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Exploring the Trauttmansdorff Castle Gardens in Merano


The huge botanical garden of Castle Trauttmansdorff right outside the city center of Meran/South Tyrol are a must-see. They offer a rich vegetation, a great museum about the history of the tourism in the Alpine region and a perfect getaway for a few hours.


We spent nearly a whole day in the gardens and museum admiring the beauty and inspiration of this place. The castle is located just a few minutes drive outside the city center and is easily to reach. There is a lot of parking space and the gardens offer many different venues.

We entered in the late morning and started with the museum which took us many hours to explore. In the afternoon after a tasty lunch in the restaurant of the castle we had a long digestive walk in the green gardens with many different theme places.

The gardens opened in 2001 and since then there are some 500.000 visitors each year during spring, summer and fall.


There are 4 circuit trails and 3 panoramic trails with 8 garden landscapes. They have plants from all over the world. Flowers are blooming whole years long according to the season. As the venue is in the mountains there are also a lot of panoramic points with amazing views on the gardens and the surroundings. Artistic pavilions, experience stations and even a parrot house are intriguing.

One can walk in the forests of the world which show forests of Asia and America. I liked a lot the rhododendron hills. I had to smile when we arrived at Palm Beach…. white sand, palm trees and deck chairs.. the only thing missing was the ocean.

I liked particularly the Mediterranean gardens with typical plants of the Mediterranean. On this trail there is also the aviary with lorie and macaws. We sat there for a while observing these beautiful, intelligent birds. We passed under flowering arches and saw uncountable flowers.


We haven’t been in the botanical underworld nor on the viewing platform. But we appreciated a lot the vegetable garden, a way of growing in a home garden vegetables in a healthy way.

For a while we sat at the big lake, the lotus pond, with a lot of huge kois. We found also some domestic animals like goats and rabbits.

In the end we spent another 3 hours in the gardens of Castle Trauttmansdorff with its 12 ha land. We walked 7 kilometers up and down, but all easily to walk. There are many water places and it is extremely green. It is definitely a place where to spent a whole day when in the Meran area and you like nature AND culture!

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Trauttmansdorff Castle, Merano, South-Tyrol/Italy:


For further information:
Official website of Tirol
Touriseum
Trauttmansdorff Castle

You might like to read also:
A Glimpse into the South Tyrol Tourism History


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