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Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

Here are two snapshots from April 7th: we were visiting a theme park about 50km SE of Vienna and then went for dinner in a Heurigen in Rust.

A Heurigen is a basic restaurant run by a winery which is only allowed to serve locally produced food. These vary from *very* basic family-run establishments up to very good kitchens doing interesting combinations.

Rust is situated at lake Neusiedl, a rather large, but very shallow lake, parts of which are already in Hungary. That area is home to a population of storks, for which nest on the rooftops of old houses.

Houses in the old center of Rust. Can you spot the stork?

The other side: a view towards the parish church.


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12 replies
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    Quinerly says:


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    JPL says:

    Thanks for the pictures.

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    SectionH says:

    xOtmar Friday. Ok. If we’re talking about vaguely the same part of the world, comments:

    First, of course I can spot the Stork.

    I’m sorry I don’t have any pictures from the trip Mr S and I – and our young teenaged kid – took from Den Haag to Zagreb in the, um, fall of 1989. Hint: yes it was all happening. Border control had failed. We didn’t even need the Trib – the Ladas and the Trabants with families in them heading west were telling the story. That was early October. We’d gotten our Visas for Yugoslavia in Den Haag. But when we went through Border Control we gave them 100 USD – and they gave us a million dinars. That was kind of terrrifying. Nevertheless, we kept driving. So we were in Zagreb for a while and it was still grey. Everything. Ppl’s clothes (Hipsters would have been totally jealous) were all just drab – maybe it was just cool, but there was nothing in shop windows, and I mean we did stay in a the old Station hotel in the best part of town. We finally managed to get in touch with ppl there – thank FSM Mr S speaks Italian, because dealing with the phone system was a challenge. One of our family buzz phrases for that trip was “Someone is banging on a telephone.” Because, yeah.

    Our best story ever: the 20,000 Dinar speeding ticket we got west of Maribor en route to Austria. …

    it was about ¢45 US. I got by with my pitiful bit of German, “zu schnellen gehen” – well, they’d put the 45 km sigh a couple of miles out of the village, and they’d pulled over everything moving afaict. Including I think a couple bicyclists we’d passed a bit earlier. Anyway, I was srsly afraid that if we handed them a 100,000 Dinar note, we might be in trouble for trying to bribe them. In retrospect, that was silly. But I did find a 20K Dinar note. They were completely correct about it all. Mr S has carried our receipt for that ticket basically forever since.

    Sorry, long comment. I hope it was vaguely on topic.

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    satby says:

    otmar, you’re making me start to want to visit your neck of the globe!
    Not that I haven’t before, it’s just limited funds vs. a desire to see everything! Thanks for all the pictures you’ve sent.

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    MomSense says:

    Otmar, I’m loving your photos. And now I’m dreaming of some nice wine with a light supper, and then a relaxed stroll through this pretty village.

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    MelissaM says:

    Ah, Heurigen! Thanks, again, Otmar!

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    otmar says:

    @MomSense: we ate at Schandl’s. See here: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g635760-d5981129-Reviews-Buschenschank_Peter_Schandl-Rust_Burgenland.html

    Recommended. It’s good when your foody friends select the place for dinner.

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    scav says:

    Another vote for the whole Herigen concept, especially with storks as a side.

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    Eljai says:

    Pretty photos!

    @SectionH: That’s quite an adventure!

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    Denali says:


    Your pictures look very familiar, as my son lives in Hungary, and I thought the photos were of Vacs,about 45 minutes north of Budapest. Love the concept of Herigen- know of any other places in Hungary for our next visit?

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    otmar says:

    @Denali: Rust is just 10 km away from the border to Hungary.

    Sorry, I can’t give you hints about Hungary.

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