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Rebecca Bloginiva – A travel blogger’s tale. My friend Janett Schindler aka Teilzeitreisender.de has really come up with something special and “created” the charming, young adventurous traveller Rebecca Bloginiva! “Rebecca is a fictitious character, as if escaped from a novel. But this ‘novel’ is something entirely different. It is being written by travel bloggers. Like word of mouth, each travel chapter is being passed on and eventually, we hope Rebecca makes her way back to us. All chapters will be linked up here and in the end – who knows – there might even be a book. I hope you feel just as happy as I do about this…Go on then, Rebecca. Enjoy your travels!”
Thanks a lot, dear Janett for this travel novel story! Here in Austria, we know how to look after Rebecca well and have thus invited her to join us on our “Geniesserzimmer” trip to the Lower Austrian Waldviertel district & to do the wine tastings at the Gartenhotel & Wine Estate Pfeffel. What she has experienced there is what she tells you here now.
“My dear, what a trip! My friend Janett has recently packed me onboard my plane to Austria and well, here I am. Thank God it does not rain any more in Vienna! Elena was kind enough to meet me at the airport and I have to tell you: She’s a character! Always full of ideas & projects, she immediately got me hooked during the first Wiener coffee we shared. The “Geniesser-Reise” she has invited me to in her home country Lower Austria together with fellow travel writers Monika & Petar Fuchs of TravelWorldOnline as well as Gudrun Krinzinger “Reisebloggerin” has really been amazing. I became friends with Gudrun, my next host in the city of Vienna, immediately. The Austrians are really “leiwand”, a true Austrian word I am told. It means good fun and good to hang out with – and both is correct.
“Alexander Pfeffel, well he has really impressed me there. What a profound wine knowledge he has! Before I took the creative wine trail through the family vineyards in the Wachau valley, I just about knew distinguishing red from white wine (or something like that). Now, however, I know that the vine is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the whole history of humankind and that the Wachau valley has been used to plant grapes for at least 2.000 years! People must have been gourmets here all along. Alexander’s family has run the Gartenthotel, a true gourmet hotel complete with panoramic sauna & beautiful, spacious “Geniesserzimmer” for many generations already. The family helps out everywhere needed, we meet the Dad on his tractor in the vineyards and the sister who manages the hotel reception. Unfortunately, it was already too cold to go skinny-dipping in the outdoor panorama pool up on the sixth floor of the hotel … Must come back next summer for that!”
… I feel happy and at ease with the entire travel writer team. Elena laughs at my incredulous looks over those poppy … what was it? “Mohnnudeln” from Mohndorf Armschlag: “What the … is this?!” I am thinking as the sweet temptation comes my way. In any case, “Mohnnudeln” are de-li-cious. And the carp fish! And all those venison meals now that the hunting season in the forests has started: My palate is spoilt as almost never before. And then, we went to see the “Geniesserzimmer” of the Waldviertel. Man, it was amazing! Almost like time travelling in the case of the historic Schloss Rosenau palace hotel, but including all the modern luxury you could think of … Best you check this out for yourself. Elena has already written up her story about it. And oh, hiking is what we did up here, too, after all this is what the hiking destination of the Upper Waldviertel is known for. So many impressions … thank God I am able to relax before continuing my journey here in Austria. Back to Vienna, since I have only seen the airport so far. Thank you already in advance, dear Gudrun for taking me on now! I am really curious about seeing ‘your Vienna’ now …”
Disclaimer: Thank you once more, dear Janett for this travel novel story! I really look forward to reading all of Rebecca’s travel stories in Austria and abroad. 🙂
My thanks also go to the Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel and the entire team of the Geniesserzimmer Lower Austria for inviting us to travel to the Lower Austrian Waldviertel district. All opinions are my own.