Monday, 8 October 2012

Viennese Escapes
Neusiedl National Park


Early Morning
Illmitzer "Hölle" aerea
of the Neusiedl Lake National Park

Reed-Thatched Cottage
along the reed beds

A Happy Wolly Pig *
enjoying the outdoor life
in the middle of the National Park

A Viennese Melange
at Café-Konditorei Karlo in Illmitz
I always make sure that I stop
for a cup of coffee here -
among the best I ever had!


Photographed
at Neusiedl Lake National Park
in the Illmitz area and at Café Karlo
Illmitz

19 August 2011
Images and Text
© by Merisi

* Woolly Pigs
Mangalitsa (also spelled Mangalitza) Pigs
"Mangalitsa is one of the last
autochthonous pig breeds in Europe.
The hogs have a lot of curly hairs and are
undemanding, which allows keeping
Mangalitsa outdoors throughout the year.
Outdoor keeping contributes essentially
to the sustainable preservation
of the steppe landscape in North Burgenland." Quote from the website
"Traditionelle Lebensmittel"
-> Pannonic Mangalitsa Pig
R e p o s t

19 comments:

  1. The first shot is wonderful, like a painting!

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    1. Thank you, Martin!
      The area of the National Park is immensely beautiful. Besides the landscape, there are also so many water fowels and birds of passage to discover. And there my heart with pleasure fills, whenever I am in the area, to say it with William Wordsworth's words.

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  2. Oh, I agree, Merisi, it does look like a painting! The pigs are interesting and it is so important to keep these old breeds for sustainable farming. The coffee does look very good. xx

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    1. Yes, Karen, it is comforting to know that more and more those treasures of our forefathers are valued and taken care off again. The coffee beans used for Cafe' Karlo's excellent coffee are from a small family coffee roaster, Naber, in Vienna.

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  3. I like the red frame to your post today (red fence on the first photo and rose hip on the last one). The pig is so cute!

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  4. Ans the Woolly pigs taste good too.

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    1. I confess I have to agree. ;-)

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  5. Such a pretty park ... and I loved seeing the "woolly pigs." I liked the red fence, too!

    Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us, Merisi ... its beauty, as reflected through your awesome pictures, never fails to brighten my days.

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    1. Thank you, your words warm my heart! xxx

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  6. What a lovely post and photos for the day, Merisi!! I love the woolly pig!! And the coffee looks delicious! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia,
      and I hope your week started out well and will be wonderful in its entirety!

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  7. Very adorb piggie!
    It seems like you always get in a cuppa like I get in a macaron to every post...

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    1. Oh, the coffee, you would not believe it (no, I am sure you would!) what I would walk for miles to find the best coffee in any location I set my foot down. ;-)

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  8. Lovely, lovely photos! The red fence in the first photo took my attention!

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    1. Thank you! :-)
      The red railing of this bridge leading over a small brook caught my attention immediately. Not to be missed, is it? ;-)

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  9. It is rare to meet you in the countryside! You seem to me, to be rather urban, not?
    I never saw this kind of pig, absolutely cracking!
    Beautiful week!

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    1. Well, I live in the city, but close to the green hills of the edges of the Vienna Woods, so I get plenty of good air. I love to visit Burgenland, though, and go there whenever I find the time.

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  10. NO BLOG TODAY?
    It looks as if there's a problem with BLOGGER.
    Would not let me publish a post. ;-)
    Cheers,
    Merisi

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