xmas getaway

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Hello, and welcome to atreefor2 in 2015!
Hope you had a lovely holiday season. We had a great time and got a lot of important things done (keep you on track with those things in upcoming posts but for now I want to share our last roadtrip for the year 2014.
A few days before xmas we headed far west to our friends the Kaufmann family in beautiful Bezau to pick up some more wooden shingles which we’ll need for our nursery-shingle-wall project (soon to come!)
We packed our bags (and Gustav) and had a lovely and relaxing weekend in Vorarlberg.
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This time we even found the time to visit the Werkraum Bregenzerwald – a small showroom/museum/cafe where you can stroll around and get inspired by amazing design and craftsmanship from the region.
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Martin fell in love with a huuuuuge lounge sofa and I was amazed by this beautiful fireplace – what a great statement piece.
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We got this amazing felt swing from Anjas mum and I can’t wait to try it with our own baby!
In the meantime, Anja had fun on her own trying the baby-sledge.
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There was even time to get a much needed haircut! And although I’m always feeling kind of uncomfortable at hairdressers (they are my type of dentist) I was so happy with the outcome, I think he did a great job!
Later that afternoon we picked up the shingles at a small workshop where they handcraft each and every single shingle…
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All of the wooden shingles are split out of wooden trunks (they don’t cut the wood because if you split it it lasts much longer and is resistant against the harsh austrian weather conditions. A wooden exterior with splitted shingles lasts about 60 to 100 years!)
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With the punch press they get the typical beaver tail shape out of each of the rectangular splitted shingles.
We bougth 3 more bags full of shingles and I can’t wait to put them on our nursery wall… I guess it will be a lot of work but I hope it will turn out nice…

 

Roadtrip through Austria – Vorarlberg – Bezau

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Sorry guys I hope I don’t bore you with our roadtrip-photos.
These are the last ones. I promise! But we had such a good time and saw so many beautiful places I want to share with you!
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The Bregenzerwald region is famous for its love for wood. They use it a lot within their architecture. Classic as well as modern houses tend to have wooden fronts (to protect the brick exterior walls from the weather conditions)
Typically they look like ruffles or scales of a fish. (we bought 2 square meters of “ruffle shingles” and we are going to install them indoors at the treehouse, I’ll keep you updated with this project)

Speaking of timer…
In Anja’s hometown there’s a family business who makes comfy wooden shoes made of locally produced wood and leather. They are hand made and really unique. You can use them as garden shoes for example. We will use them as “sun-deck-shoes”; we are going to have a no-shoe-policy in the treehouse but if we need to step out on the balcony we’ll do it wearing our new wooden shoes (or without shoes at all in summer! … really looking forward to that!)
I bought a pair of shearling goat shoes.
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On our last day we went for a walk in the afternoon sun. It was just perfect. I’m really in love with the beautiful town of Bezau!
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We had a look at the newest projects of local architect Markus Innauer.
And we saw a beautiful abandoned house in the center of Bezau. If anybody feels like renovating a very old Austrian home let us know. We will make sure to spend some working holidays there to help you!
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We enjoyed Vorarlberg so much it’s totally worth a visit!
Thank you Vroni, Karl-Heinz and Anja for having us! Hope to see you soon! 

 

Road trip through Austria – Vorarlberg

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Our next stop after Salzburg was Vorarlberg, where we stayed with Anja and her ADORABLE family!
They live in Bezau, a small village in the middle of a region called Bregenzerwald.
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Anja’s palsy-walsy with Gustav!
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On our first day we took the ropeway up to the top of a (for me) huge mountain. Dogs were allowed but they had to wear a muzzle during the ride. Gustav was not amused when Martin put on the muzzle upside down… but he figured it out pretty quickly.
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It was pretty bad weather up there but we had a good time. Drank some (typical Austrian) Almdudler lemonade and waited for Anjas Dad who ran up this mountain and biked downhill whith his bike… crazy! But I admire him for beeing such a cool dad and doing stuff like that …
did I already mention that Anja has the most heartwarming, cool and funny family you can imagine!? I truly feel at home when I’m with them!
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The next day we had perfect weather and we drove to Bregenz to take a walk at the promenade. Bregenz feels like a town at the coast with this huge lake it has a certain mediterranean feel to it. Anja was the perfect guide so we ate the BEST icecream in western Austria (according to Anja’s Dad ! …and I have to agree with him!).
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We came across the outdoor stage of the Bregenzer Festspiele. A annual event with sunning performances and a stage in the water. Here you can flip through a few of the last sceneries. This year it is Mozarts the Magic Flute.
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After that we went to Dornbirn where we found the beautiful shop I talked about in one of our previous posts: DFshop
And with a fully packed car we drove back to Bezau where we had Raclette for dinner at an awesome place in the middle of the mountains with Anja’s family! Really enjoyed this evening! (melted cheese and nice people a killer combination!)

Going to share the last part of our journey next week. so stay tuned!