a few of my favorite things

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

1.  Vöslauer water

This flavored water is everywhere in Austria, yet really hard to come by in Germany (at least where I live).  I got so excited when I passed this advertisement in Salzburg and posing like this in front of it seemed like a really normal thing to do.

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2.  Cafe Schatz

Located just off of the famous Getreidegasse, Cafe Schatz is a Salzburg staple (remember?).  When Lindsay, Caroline, Kayla and I went there during this trip, an older man sitting behind us overheard us speaking English.  When he found out we were American, he said, “Well, I’m American, too!  I married an Austrian girl, though, and moved to Salzburg.  Even though I love America –especially California, my home – Salzburg is my life.  I’ll never leave.”  We said something along the lines of, “To say we can relate would be an understatement”.  We then told explained that the day we had to leave Salzburg was the worst day of our lives and that we’d all move back in a heartbeat if we could.  He said, “You know, my wife and I tried to leave once.  We owned a beautiful home in the hills of Napa Valley.  It was a wonderful house, overlooking an incredible vineyard and we thought we should move there to raise our kids.  Well, the day we arrived in California, my wife and I laid on the bed and cried because we missed the Alps so much.  There’s no place in the world like Salzburg.  We moved back to Austria immediately and raised our children there.  I've never regretted it once.  ” …and this is why we talked to him for 3o minutes and then met up for lunch with him later.  We have his business card now, too.  He’s, like, 80 years old and reminds me of Jimmy Stewart.  So….we’re basically best friends.

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3.  Reyna

I first professed my love for Reyna in this post and not much has changed since.  We celebrated Kayla’s 23rd birthday there last month (complete with Disney Princess plates and cups and napkins we found on sale at “the euro store”) and I’d like to think it the best birthday party she’s ever had.  The best part:  it wasn’t even her birthday!

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In related news, I’m kind of done to be glad with that puff coat for awhile.  It did absolutely nothing for my figure…but it was so perfect for smuggling curly fries.

28 comments:

Harley said...

I love that water. I thinking dancing seems perfectly normal hhaha.

xoxo
Harley

Anait said...

I had that water when I was in Vienna....it is every bit as good as you say!

Also, I love making friends with (older) people....I think I just like feeling like a surrogate granddaughter.

Also, I think I need to see how far Salzburg is from Portugal, where I'll be this August. You've convinced me it is the 2nd best place on earth (after paris, of course) ;)

Susanne said...

i have never heard of this flavoured water! :O

mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e } said...

I love your puff-coat. The collar is rocking even if you don't think it's the ticket for your figure. Also loving your pose in front of your fancy flavored water. You look so happy and normal:)

Chelsea said...

i would click on this post before i have eaten lunch. UGH we are in a fight.........

Ashley said...

This post made me super hungry! :)

Diana Mieczan said...

I love that water as well and those cakes look so delicious:) Enjoy your afternoon, sweetie
Kisses

Chelsea said...

i love that pose in front of the water; so cute! and after that second picture, i want to eat cakes.

Krystal said...

I wonder if I'll feel that way when we got back to the US someday...I can't imagine not living around the alps since they take my breath away like every single day.

rebecca said...

good grief those cakes look delicious.

Abby said...

That old man Salzburg story is just the sweetest!

jcondc said...

This post reeeeeally makes me want to visit again. Probably because it has a lot to do with food that can only be obtained in Europe. And because I want to meet your new fried. And because I like your pose in the first picture. It's so Jennifer.

Sophie said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmyyyyyyyygodddddddddddd. those cakes need to get in my belllyyyyyyyyy. every single one of them! yummmm xx

Gentri said...

Aw! That guys sounds so great!! :) And that dessert looks delicious!! Mmmm!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

Aw, I love your story about the American man who loves Salzburg.. so cool!

Abby said...

I love your stories!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Haha I love that picture of you posing. And I also love that it wasnt even your friends birthday. Haha

<3Chelsea Elizabeth
http://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

Erica said...

I did a day trip to Salzburg when I was staying in Munich for Oktoberfest in 2009 and I wish I stayed much longer! You're absolutely right - it's one of the most magical and beautiful places in Europe! I can't wait to go back!

Megan said...

so relieved that puffy coat plus 16 layers season is OVER. goodness gracious i want to die.

uhm. i miss you. is that weird to say cuz we have never technically met in person?

whatever.

ill be on gchat tomorrow if you fancy meeting me there.

Megan said...

wantED not want to die. past tense. i no longer have suicidal thoughts due to Seasonal affect.

jk it never got there..

it just got to the point of fetal position in the corner crying point.

so..pretty close.

Jan said...

I love the pose, love the cakes, and LOVE the story about the man in Salzburg!!!!!!! I wish you had a picture of him.

S and O said...

Gosh those cakes look exquisite! Are you sharing? hehehe :)

xoxo
Olivia

Martine Eliza Burtis said...

i am also thoroughly enjoying reading about your adventures, however envious i may be! ah.

Miss A said...

What a cute post! Yes, posing like that is definitely normal, haha! xD And the story about that old man is really sweet. Aww, Salzburg seems like a truly amazing place :)

Renee B. said...

That flavored water sounds delish! As do those desserts...yum!!

kimbirdy said...

ooo, i LOVE your outfit in that water picture!!

Mighty Burns said...

lol aww thats so sweet! I think Id be the same way, like hey talk to me man! any time is a good time to bust out disney princess anything

tschitschi said...

How fun that you like our flavoured Austrian water so much :) And the cakes look just delicious!