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You wouldn't be here if you weren't curious.*

Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

*Check out my book, “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, for learning more about what we mean by creative travel. Travelling means the world to me, makes me fit for everday life and sometimes, I trust, also calmer on the inside. Read this blog with a smile, share what you love and remember to check back regularly: After all, when was the last time you did something for the first time?

Wine

“Gaisberg Uncorked”: Sample a great series of wine events in my home town Strass, Lower Austria!

With so much commitment shown by the (young) winegrowers of the wine village Strass, my small little hometown in the Lower Austrian Kamptal, I find myself really really proud today. Wonderful to see what the “young creatives” are capable of achieving. Because “Gaisberg Uncorked“?! I mean, really … What is that supposed to be? Well, the […]

Romantic Road Germany Part I : The City of Würzburg.

“Würzburg is sooo beautiful … Enjoy Würzburg and the wines of Franconia”, my travel friends advise about my short stay in Würzburg. As part of the “Romantic Road“, the Franconian town is surrounded by countless romantic vineyards on the Main river. I take to visiting “Vinothek Wohlsein Weine” with their goal to introduce younger, smaller […]

Von der Höldrichsmühle aus ...

Weekend getaway in the Vienna Woods: Hotel Höldrichsmühle & Franz Schubert.

“Am Brunnen vor dem Tore, da steht ein Lindenbaum …” Gently, I recall the famous melody to this traditional Austrian folk song written by Franz Schubert, Austria’s famous 18th century composer. We follow in the footsteps of our host, Irene Moser, who leads us around the historical Höldrichsmühle hotel. A property close to Vienna, yet still […]

... am meisten beeindruckt hat mich der durchdringende Blick dieses weißen Tigers im Doblhoffpark ...

Fotofestival #LaGacilly in Baden near Vienna: Check out Europe’s largest open air photo festival in Austria!

Imagine visiting the town of Baden near Vienna. The sweet scent of thousands of roses, the fairy-tale like Doblhoff park, the historic little streets of the old town. And all of a sudden … the roar of a lion. The glaring stare of a white tiger. The intense look of an exotic pair of birds. The […]

Ever thought of visiting Saint Paul’s Abbey in Lavanttal, Carinthia? You should.

If coming from Lower Austria to the north, and driving via the Packsattel pass, you can definitely draw “a different breath of fresh air” beyond. Carinthia, the south of Austria, feels just different, more “southern” already! It’s what Pater Maximilian must have thought, as he “applied” to be taken from his original Benedictine abbey of […]

... von wo aus wahrlich gute Aussichten herrschen, nicht wahr Angelika ...

Wine spring in Austria: Welcome to Burgenland, Lake Neusiedl.

Did you know that the earliest signs of spring can be found in the very (north)East of Austria, in the Pannonia plains of northern Burgenland, near Lake Neusiedl? That as you travel here and stay in one of its cozy accommodation units (either B&B or hotels), you will receive the so-called Neusiedler See Card offering you many attractive […]

Vielen Dank für den sympathischen Besuch, liebe Gerda, lieber Christian!

Bed & Breakfast Krappel in Rohrendorf near Krems: Staying with Gerda & Christian in Lower Austria.

Just near my little home town Straß im Straßertal, you will find a true gem of a place in Rohrendorf near Krems: The Bed & Breakfast of the Krappel family. Stay here if you prefer a home-cooked meal, as well as home-made brandies, to the often impersonal service of a hotel. Gerda & Christian really know […]

Ein echtes Plädoyer für Plovdiv, sind meines Erachtens "Baukunstwerke" wie diese ...

Plovdiv will be European Capital of Culture in 2019: Start planning your next trip to Bulgaria!

Plovdiv, the second largest city in Bulgaria at almost half a million inhabitants, is a Balkan star rising. Forming part of a trend that sees “Europe’s second cities” gain in popularity, it may well steal the show off its capital neighbour to the West, the city of Sofia. In my last post about Bulgaria, I […]

Die anschließende, kurze Wanderung zum Fluss Enns, deren "Sausen" namensgebend für den Nationalpark Gesäuse ist ...

Gesäuse National Park in Styria, Austria: Experiencing the local nature & culture combined.

Standing in front of the national park centre “Weidendom”, I draw a deep breath and close my eyes, allowing the rushing river Enns behind me to fill me with its thundering noise. Ah, the clean air, the merry colours of nature, timeless it seems, yet touching us with their every fibre. As my gaze follows the […]

... und von Francesca Petrini ...

Getting to know #DestinazioneMarche and its many creative cultural delights thanks to our #EuropeTour partnership.

What comes to your mind when you see the hashtag #EuropeTour ? Social Media tells me that more often than not, people get back to us thinking that our European project for the sustainable development of cultural tourism in rural areas is more like a travel agency. Funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, our aim is, however, […]

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