Yes, I am on the road again. This time for work, not for fun. Although I think that there will be time this week to work in a little bit of fun.
I’m traveling with three co-workers. We left the U.S. on Saturday night and arrived in Amsterdam today; our flights were uneventful (just the way you want them to be!). We went to our hotel, checked in, showered and slept for a little bit and then ventured out in the city. I’m not exactly sure where we were other than that we were in the vicinity of the Anne Frank House. Here are some pictures of our first “taste” of Amsterdam.
We stopped in a small restaurant to grab a bite to eat. We decided to try a traditional Dutch meal called “Dutch Stamppot”. It’s the comfort food of the Netherlands. We sampled three different versions. One was mashed potatoes mixed with kale and topped with sausage, the second one was mashed potatoes mixed with carrots and topped with roast beef, the third was mashed potatoes mixed with sauerkraut and topped with bacon bits. I’m glad we tried it!
Getting ready for bed now as tomorrow is a workday.
I do have some stitching to show. Had time to fill in the tulips at the airport yesterday. This is from Plum Street Samplers, an exclusive design for the Soul Sisters club through the Country Sampler.
I have a few final things that I want to capture here on the blog regarding our trip and then we will resume normal programming (needlework).
From our trip in 2011:
This year’s trip:
If you ever visit Mrs. Szigethy’s museum in Hegyko, you will see that I am in the exhibit! These framed articles talk about my visit in 2012 and then about the presentations I made about the Höveji Lace in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
It was a wonderful time of year to visit. Many grapes had been harvested but some were still on the vines. The longer they stay on the vine, the sweeter the wine.
We had a wonderful trip! Special memories to hold on to forever!
If you go back to my post on October 7, you will see that we spent some time that Saturday visiting with some cousins who live in Sankt Andrä. We had a great time on Saturday visiting the Eastern Orthodox Monastery and then enjoyed a delicious dinner of wine and open faced sandwiches at a Heuriger (tavern) in Gols.
We spent most of Sunday with this family too. The day started with Mass in their local church. All of these little villages are Roman Catholic and each has its own church. There aren’t enough priests though, so two or three village churches will often share one priest.
Today in Sankt Andrä they had a Thanksgiving celebration at Mass. A crown was made from wheat and the fall harvest was blessed by the priest.
After Mass, we traveled to the lake. The water level is much lower than it normally would be. Many people from Vienna have vacation homes in this area and they come in the summer to enjoy the lake.
The family wanted to share with us a meal that would traditionally be served at a wedding or some other celebration.
The noodles for our soup were made the day prior.
We enjoyed two kinds of soup, noodle soup and liver dumpling soup. My mom had asked about Grießknödels (farina dumplings) the day before and she got those too!
What do you do when you are served two soups? You have a bowl of one and then a bowl of the other! Both were delicious!
Our second course was meat and potatoes. A beef roast served with a wine creme sauce.
Everything was so good, the beef was tender.
Mind you, I’m getting kind of full at this point, but we had another course yet. Stuffed pork roast - Schweinbraten - with Sauerkraut.
And last but not least, an apple dessert and cappuccino.
And then my mother started talking about those grammel (lard bits) biscuits again and look what appeared.
It was a very special afternoon. We were so fortunate to have these beautiful young ladies spend time with us while in America. We enjoyed spending time with them and their family while in Austria.
One of my favorite places to travel to while visiting our relatives is Sopron. It’s a beautiful city located in western Hungary. It’s only about a 30 - 35 minute drive from the villages in Burgenland. It’s a beautiful drive through the area just south of the Neusiedlersee (Lake Neusiedl).
According to Wikipedia, Sopron was once a city “close to nowhere” due to the Iron Curtain. Now that the borders are open, people can travel freely between Austria and Hungary. Many Austrians come to Sopron to shop. One of my cousins comes to hairdresser in Sopron because they are open on Sundays and it is more convenient for her.
Most signs in Sopron are written in Hungarian and German. In shops and restaurants many people speak both Hungarian and German.
We were searching for a book that I wanted to purchase. The book store was located near the center of the city. I snapped some photos of the beautiful buildings in the old part of the city. The medieval architecture has been beautifully preserved!
I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet this special lady again. The smile on her face when we arrived at her home was truly special. I gave her a big hug. With help from her daughter (who speaks English and German) we were able to communicate and enjoyed a lovely visit!
Her embroidery is truly amazing!
And of course, this visit was really special because the Mad Tatter got to meet Mrs. Szigethy for the first time.
Here are a few more of her recently completed doilies.
There will always be a special place in my heart for this special lady!