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Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken: Genuss Factor

Rebekka Bakken is enjoying a lovely spring day in one of her favorite places, the beautiful wine valleys of the Wachau. As she strolls up to a café by the Danube with friends, a bewildered old man spots this tall, radiant, uninhibited woman with long, flowing hair and large sunglasses as she walks by and […]

Saskia Sassen at Schloss Dürnstein

Saskia Sassen at Schloss Dürnstein

Schloss Dürnstein, set high above the Danube on one of the most beautiful sections of the Wachau valley, seems like an ironically idyllic place to discuss the overthrow of the global political system. Well, not “overthrow” exactly:  Dutch-American sociologist Saskia Sassen has decided that it’s time to re-examine how the world’s people see their roles […]

Weinherbst Niederösterreich, The Wine Insider: Sep. 2012

Weinherbst Niederösterreich, The Wine Insider: Sep. 2012

The entire region of Lower Austria swells to the rhythms of the grape harvest, as Europe’s largest wine tourism festival, fans its way through several wine regions including the Wachau, Krems, Carnuntum, Klosterneuburg and the Thermal region. [see “A Walk in the Wachau” in TVR Sept. 2012, and “Uncorking the Inner Critic” in TVR March 2012 […]

A Walk in the Wachau

A Walk in the Wachau

You never quite know when you have definitively entered the hallowed vineyards of the Wachau. There is no fanfare, no arches or flags, just a thoroughly miss-able sign on the road hinting at a change in the postal code. But you sense it: The landscape seems to cajole with each bend of the road, the […]

Dürnstein’s Silhouettes

My first experience of the ancient town of Dürnstein in Lower Austria was via a grainy old home movie shot in the 1960s. The film was of a wedding, where the bride and groom move awkwardly through a church courtyard overwhelmed by well-wishers and a polished brass band, trumpeting the ceremony in grand Austrian tradition. […]

Beyond Vienna’s City Walls

The opulence of imperial life draws millions of tourists to Vienna every year. The Schönbrunn Castle, Belvedere Palace and Hofburg imperial palace are the highlights of any guided tour. Yet, architectural beauty and noble family histories can be found beyond the city’s borders and off the tourist beaten track. Within two hours of Vienna, medieval […]

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