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It’s Thursday — hope the week is going well for everybody!

Often we head down to Naschmarkt in the evenings after work. It’s an open-air market where we usually food shop, and occasionally stop for a glass of wine. This being somewhat of a necessity after the 25-minute train-ride — yes, I’m being slightly facetious.

We live next door, which is not to say that the atmosphere has become dull and monotonous, rather that we find it comforting and nigh. It’s old-worldy, too! Check out the brass bar stool in the background below.

As we passed one of our favorite wine-vendors, the owner called to us to try a new wine!

This week he’s serving a fresh 2010 Grüner Veltliner — young and… — and we were more than delighted to be tasting it while hanging out in the evening sun!

The weather this weekend is supposed to be gorgeous in Vienna — high of 22° C — so there will be plenty of hangin’ around outdoors.

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Sunday afternoon–lots of sun. It was warm outside, and we went for a walk along the Donaukanal. We felt invigorated by the things we saw around the city. We walked for hours, but took a break by a hut surrounded by beach chairs on the canal boardwalk. There we enjoyed Sturm, a fermenting, unfiltered, young wine. This is the bright autumn we are used to.

Blankets and napkins in the color of summer. Bread and cheese, oven-baked salmon, pasta salad and locally made wine purchased at the farmer’s market. It was a warm summer night and we stayed way past the dark had set in.

Thank you to good friends.

So, we adventured into the heart of Oregon wine country for two afternoons, staying the night in McMinnville at Hotel Oregon. The hotel is owned by two brothers who deck out old buildings around Oregon with historical and artistic décor from the area, respectively.

In the hallways of Hotel Oregon, there were historic photographs and original artwork, chronicling the hotel’s first ninety years, along with hand-painted lyrics and wine descriptions.

We enjoyed breakfast at the funky Wild Wood Café in town. Big cups of coffee and omelettes served us well before heading out to the vineyards for wine tasting.

Believe it or not, the women’s toilettes were marked with Barbie.