Rest day in the EU — got to the gasthaus anyway — even without skis. Strudel and tort tasted just as good as if snow existed instead of grass. Yeah, we lie, tort consumption prep involving turns would have been better. But then, even the big guy upstairs took a day off.
Can't ski so let's drive something interesting.
Invented in 1832 for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna, still tasting good to Lou in 2014. Guess that pastry. This is an easy one. Fritz and Lou agreed that this version had the correct amount of moisture to give it high ratings, as it's often too dry.
Lovely deck railing.
Inviting front door.
Typical architecture of an Austrian gasthaus, this one fairly new, built with materials from old buildings to give it the authentic feel.
Tyrolean music adds to the cozy atmosphere, gemütlichkeit for a rainy afternoon.
Tile fireplace warms us along with a shot of pear juice mixed with grain alcohol (or at least that was our impression as we stumbled home).
New meaning to the white strip of death.
Perhaps more challenging than the easy pastry, guess der Hund. A smaller version is common in the U.S. We've only seen the larger breed in EU.
Loading the Pinzgauer for cross country ride home. We could close our eyes and imagine racing across the muddy plains of eastern Europe being bracketed by a Russian mortar.