Summertime is the perfect time to get creative. Finally, you take all that time to focus on … yourself. On your own sense of creativity & inspiration. And if, like me, you have turned your passion into your business, and have just finished writing the first ever “Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, then you can’t really put your leisure time to any other use than … getting creative again. 😉
My friends, too, are here to support me in “this quest”: Dear Katie from New Zealand has come all the way from down under, carrying her natural sense of curiosity and – heaps of wool! “I just love to knit, crochet or felt”, she laughs, choosing coloured strings of felted wool for her hair from Ulrike, who runs creative workshops at her local wool craft studio “Die Spindel” in Langenlois, Lower Austria. “This colour goes really well with my dreads, don’t you think?!” Beaming at us, Katie has chosen a string of orange felt for her hair: “You won’t believe it, but this merino wool actually comes from New Zealand. Amazing. So the circle closes here!” Ulrike, Katie and me all laugh together, the beginning of a woollen friendship really.
“Could we please go and do a wool workshop with dear Ulrike? And ‘Shopping with Lucie’ in Vienna, just as I’ve read about it in your book …?”
Katie has got really excited now with the sheer range of creative options in front of her, jumping up and down like a happy child. She knows that she does not really have to ask me anyway: Of course, we are going to be creative together! Just a stone’s throw away from where I live, Ulrike’s “Wool Craft Studio” beckons visitors to come as guests and leave as friends. The creative atmosphere there is truly inspiring, starting with a casual get-together in Ulrike’s fantastic garden, where she talks to us about her “woollen way of life”.
But the creative journey continues, “Shopping with Lucie!” providing both a food as well as a shopping tour of a kind in the heart of Vienna. Irresistible!
Some two years ago, I have already participated in a pre-Christmas tour “Shopping with Lucie!”. Thought I already knew it all. But of course, the opposite is true: A lot can change in two years, especially in a world city like Vienna! So many new stories, so many new shops. The crazy 70s shop, reminiscent of a second-hand shop in trendy Berlin. The delightful, cool chocolate tasting shop. The professional wine tasting at “Best of Wines”. I am caught up, fascinated by Lucie’s tour being both a food as well as a shopping tour of a kind. And Lucie really knows how to present the best local tips and insights for travellers like us. Check this out.
Talking about top foodie travel tips, we also have to mention Thomas Hüttl, a pioneer in designing creative cooking workshops sourcing only the best ingredients from the world-famous Naschmarkt food market.
Thomas Hüttl loves to get his hands on … “designing kitchens! Honestly, I would love to turn this into a second profession; I think I could be quite good at it! Believe me, after more than 20 years of experience …” He smiles at us, talking about the story of “Das Kochatelier” and his rise to fame, leaving him with many guests turned friends thanks to his innovative cooking classes. “I love to take my clients shopping at the Wiener Naschmarkt”, he explains (remember our own creative cooking experience with Thomas, dear Sarah & Terry?)
This time, I have visited Thomas again together with Monika & Petar Fuchs, of TravelWorldOnline, for a creative cooking class focused on using only the best regional ingredients from around Vienna and Lower Austria. Among these are apricots from the Wachau valley, carp fish & pork meat from the Waldviertel as well as wine from the Kamptal valley. Check this out.
Check out even more tasteful photos in this yummy photo album:
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Thomas Hüttl to join his creative cooking class in Vienna. All opinions are my own.