Carol and I had a girly day out in Tulln an der Donau, about 20 min drive from Kirchbach – didn’t see much of river Donau. It was more about shopping and it was only Carol that had all the bags at the end of the day. We went in her Mini Cooper Cab, but we didn’t have the soft top down.
Oscar stayed in the bag most of the day. A very nice town center, totally pedestrian with large parking house under the town square. No walking distance between the shops, we visit both outlet shop and mall.
We visit a Dirndl shop because Carol wanted to get some ideas, she makes her own. Beautiful dresses and the details are so exquisite. Not a dress for me, I would die if they strapped me into a dress like that. She ended buying a cool T-shirt for her leather hosen.
The dirndl originated from the uniform of Austrian domestic workers during the 19th century (Dirndlgewand means “maid’s dress”). Simple forms were also worn commonly by working women in plain colors or a simple check. The Austrian upper classes adopted the dirndl as high fashion in the 1870s, making it a highly fashionable and popular must-have item in the nation soon after.
A dirndl can be worn 300 days of the year, but be careful how you tie the apron!!!!!!
There is a special way in which to tie the ribbon of the apron around one’s waist depending on your status. And it is still strictly adhered to.
To the left: means you are single and ready to mingle!
To the right: means you are married or promised to someone
In the middle: this is for young girls/children
In the back: means you are widowed, or for waitresses.
We had a summers day, even if it was very windy – could we enjoy our lunch outside. We both delighted ourselves with salads and they were excellent at “s’Pfandl”, right on the town square. Mine was with grilled bacon wrapped goat cheese salad with fresh figs
A visit to the restroom I saw this quote – which means: “Here you have to pay attention to who eats and drinks as what you eat and drink.” (Google translation)
I would have liked to see more part of the town along the river, but there will be new opportunities for that. Because when we were finished with the shops, my legs were screaming.
Not far from the house the traffic was to a standstill, first, we thought it had a been an accident – the winding roads are dangerous and since they moved in there has been some very bad accidents with motorbikes and cyclists. The roads are very popular with both and they are not very careful, especially the motorbikes. But it had been a tree falling over the road and thankful it hadn’t fallen over a car. we had to wait about 10 min and we could drive on. The wire bridge with massive saws was there and so was the police.
In the evening Robert took us girls to a lovely restaurant, Heuriger Trat-Wiesner, that is really a family run, since the beginning of 1900th vineyard that has a restaurant that is open from Wednesdays to Sunday. Now the 4th generation that runs vineyard and restaurant. A very popular place in Weidling, Klosterneuburg. The restaurants are surrounded and covered in greenery and flowers. Very pretty and loads of space for outdoor dining and drinking.
I enjoyed slow-cooked beef (Tafelspitz) with wild garlic, Rösti, and fresh horseradish. Never eaten wild garlic before, heard about it. It is only the leaves that are eatable and they look like Lily of the valley (which are poisons) – the forest is full of wild garlic in Austria. It was absolutely delicious and served a bit as fresh spinach, wilted in cream. We had one of their white wines with our meal and it was beautiful.
They also arrange weddings in their vineyard.
The location is also stunning with a view over the valley. As we drove into the carpark we were greeted by the most stunning Magnolia tree – never seen anything that big or with that amount of flowers, must have been 1000’s and they were big as tea saucers. Just breathtaking.
“I’ve always loved magnolia trees and their blooms –
It demands attention.”