Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Famous Artist Lives Just Up The Road On The Eisenberg Hill.

Another treasure here in Burgenland or rather Südburgenland: Lajos Gerencsér.

Now and again I take the high road and walk on the upper Eisenberg Weinberg road. As you can imagine, the view is stunning and rather lofty. The road winds itself around a mansion or two, a lot of holiday Kellerstöckls and normal lived-in homes. Albeit homes with a view over the whole valley. Nice.

Getting to the top road or as I like to say, taking the high road, means walking up a bit of an incline. That is probably why it is mostly the people living up there already who do justice to the enticing scenery. Fit tourists now and again on either their bicycle or on foot complete with walking sticks...The majority of tourists though, come here to enjoy doing " not much " while sipping our delectable local wines! Can you think of a nicer way to unwind on your holiday?

Usually my walk up the Eisenberg is on a Sunday. Every now and again, I meet up with an elderly couple. When I do, they always have a friendly smile and he a humorous word or two. Of course, I know that he is an artist - painter - who has his home and gallery up there. Gosh, I have walked past it often and seen the sign.

One of the local papers has done a write up of him recently. To be honest, I forgot that he is a famous painter. After reading about him, I looked online and found a YouTube video of his works. When you see the wonderful artwork he creates and most of it of the ethereal, stunning and beautiful Burgenland nature you feel humbled. At least I do.

Here is a link to his YouTube video showing his works. Of course you could also see it in real life and visit our area for a few days...Fair Warning, there is a bit of hard work involved: Sipping our local wines, taking short leisurely strolls around the vineyards & visiting an art gallery while taking in our breathtaking nature all around...

Our Gemeinde / district is very cutting edge and as of this month, they have created a Tourist Taxi. A taxi to fetch & collect tourists from the Buschenschanks & winetastings. With us you can have fun without having to drive your car...


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What A Frightfully Entertaining Salad!

A healthy lunch...I am not so sure anymore.

Tell me, what is worse than finding a hair in your food? Oh, eating a plate of salad and right towards the end seeing a little brave fellow crawling across a now nearly white plate. Yuk, yes there was a worm in my salad.

The funny thing was that I had made the salad. Cleaned it in one of those salad spinners that are such fun to use. Don't you also like that spinning feeling and wringing every last drop of water out of the washed leaf? Obviously the salad spinner keeps the leaves packed with natural protein. They should put a disclaimer on the spinner: Worms will survive the spinning. When that little fellow crawled across my plate he wasn't even wobbling!

You know, when I ate my salad ( in front of the computer and for the last time perhaps! ), I didn't taste anything strange and even hollered out to Bob in the lounge:

" Schatzi, come and get your plate of salad. It tastes nice."
When Bob is doing something on the computer, he is sometimes hard to tear away from it. Ice cream will do the trick because he knows that I will finish it if he doesn't hurry up. Chips, chocolate & cake may also fall into the same category - run or nothing is left! ( For some unknown reason, I have a deep affinity with all the above ) A mere salad doesn't stand a chance or in this case a mere salad will stand for a long time...

When I took note of this little worm ( dark in colour with two little feelers at this head, at least it seemed like the king of its species ) I stared at it for a second wondering what I had put in this salad. As usual, when you see something yucky, the brain gives you a few seconds before you start to scream.

" Ugh Bob, there is a worm in the salad. Oh my God, I must have eaten a few worms! "

I have to say, my Bob is a Man in a Million. You can just imagine my horror and instant nausea when I realized my salad's side kick, can't you? Bob ( still in front of the computer in the lounge ) just shouted a little homily that was oddly soothing. He knows me and what will calm me down. Oh, I married well indeed....

" Oh, don't worry Schatzi. Don't you know that worms don't come in pairs. There is only ever the one. Just relax & stop screaming. "