Hi everyone, and welcome back for a look into our world!



After our fantastic time in Prague, we made a quick stop for two nights in Vienna and the surrounding area. Vienna was on the way from Prague to Budapest, and is the home of our friend Maria (Claire’s AuPair 30 years ago), so we decided to stop for a visit. Maria picked us up at the train station and we made a quick stop in central Vienna before heading to Trausdorf, where Maria lives with her family. In their small village we had a wonderful time catching up from the last 30 years, sharing memories and stories over home made pizza with Maria and her husband Franz.

The next morning we headed out for a mellow day in the country. First, we went for a nice hike around a nearby quarry and natural area, where we enjoyed some fall colors and cool and windy weather. The quarry also proved to be a great spot for fossil scavenging. Our hunting produced several nice specimens of ancient sea life and quality souvenirs for the trip. We then headed over to the Neusiedler See (a large lake bordering Austria and Hungary) to check out the unique wetlands ecosystem and the adjacent fantastic playground. This afforded Meier much needed opportunity to blow off some steam. The outing was followed by a delicious lunch at a nearby favorite restaurant of Maria’s family, where we enjoyed some Austrian favorites. Drowsy from the days activities, we headed back to the house for an afternoon of lazing and movie watching. This was really a much needed reprieve from our busy travelling schedule. That evening, we went to the local church where they were holding a small Oktoberfest celebration. We enjoyed one last stein of German beer and some traditional fare before calling it a night.

The next morning we packed up and Maria drove us back to Vienna for some last minute culture before we boarded our train to Budapest. We had limited time, so we had to make it count. The Leopold Museum was our choice to pack in some quality art viewing. There we viewed the fantastic works of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in a whirlwind manner, then hauled ass to the train station. Maria and her family were really wonderful and welcoming to us. We had a wonderful time reacquainting and as always, we wish we had more time to spend. We bid them farewell and kept our big wheels turnin’. Budapest awaited us.

As always, stay tuned for more adventures!


  1. Sigrid/Mormor

    More terrific pictures. Love the page from Maria’s scrapbook from 1987 of Claire at same age Meier is now.

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