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 – Salzburg

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We’ve been hitting the road for the Easter weekend to visit some of our friends all over Austria.
We planed to travel through Salzburg to Vorarlberg. So we packed our bags, loaded the car and drove from Vienna to Salzburg.
Austria is a tiny country so we arrived at our first stop – Salzburg – 3 hours later.
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We visited our friends Eva and Jacob: an Austrian-American newly-weds couple.
She’s a Graphic Designer and shop owner of Bows & Bandits, an online shop were you can buy beautiful Austrian vintage dresses and Jacob is an new-york-and-europe-based photographer. (yes, some people do have it all!)
Whenever Eva is in Austria we try to meet, so when we heared they are staying for a few weeks in Austria we didn’t hesitated to self-invite us in to their amazing apartment.
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It was a beautiful Easter morning and we had a delicious breakfast with Eva, Jacob, Eva’s parents and her Granny!
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Thank you Eva & Jacob for having us!
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Our next stop was Vorarlberg a tiny state next to the swiss boarder and totally worth a visit. There are a lot of creatives living in Vorarlberg and the architecture (traditional and new) is amazing!
We stayed with Anja (who already waited for us outside of her house … for hours!) and her family! Stay tuned for the next photos of a few days in Vorarlberg.
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keeping it tidy

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wow, what a mess! For the last few days (aka an entire week) we worked so hard replacing the attic floor with new planks and cleaning the space between the timber beams of the ceiling to the main floor. The time we’d finished upstairs the main floor looked like a dusty desert, covered completely in dust, plaster, cherry stones, concrete and tree-stuff. A total disaster.
But while my Dad and my brother Schorsch mounted the last few planks upstairs I put some love and elbowgrease in cleaning the main floor and it (slowly) showed off.

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footnote: yes, I know! my dad does look like Papa Smurf with his “special way of wearing hats”. but I think its cute. 

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This photo is the perfect example why the situation almost brought tears to my eyes!
on the right: the withe ground was the before(we cleaned the top ceiling) and the dusty hell at the left is the after(all the dirt came down)!
but I made a new friend: my dad got this VERY efficient industrial vacuum cleaner and although I absolutely H A T E vacuuming I loved it with this super-machine!
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Glad we did that! I have high hopes that this was REALLY the very very very last time we got dirt and dust in the almost raw-finished rooms… and we can leave the dust state behind.
for good.