I spent a few days in the countryside outside Vienna.
Fall was in full force, tingeing grape vines red, yellow and orange.
The skies were gray, but the greenery was golden.
It seemed like nearly every family in this small town had a small winery.
Even the town square arbor wore fall colors.
And decorated with a rich carpet.
I spent a week this fall in the forests of Hungary.
It was just me, the conference of about 60 from all over the world, and about 100 octogenarian Hungarians.
Apparently the hotel has a reputation for relaxation and good buffet dinners.
I enjoyed hiking in the forest as early as I could convince my jet-lagged bod to head out the door.
I also spent an afternoon in nearby Sopron.
It’s not a tourist town per se, so it felt like a view into the lives of real Hungarians.
The ancient fire tower helped guard the city.
Which today, is just a charming little town.
Some day I hope I’m as cute as these two old ladies, with a best friend or sister to sit backwards on a bench with and chat about the day in the fall sunshine.
But until then, there are many more paths to pursue.
It turns out the Devil’s Backbone was just next to our Airbnb. We didn’t have much time, but we made time to hike it.
I was hoping to scale the rocks, but it turns out they’re too fragile. So we were limited to the trail that winds around beside this incredible rock formation.
The only time we had was on a gray rainy morning, and since I’m the queen of not being prepared for weather, We started out the hike with trash bag rain gear. Because we’re classy.
And that’s why these are all iphone photos: I wasn’t willing to haul my SLR out into the drizzle.
It was a great, easy hike with the kids (though they whined plenty), and I could have gone much longer.
But we had to rush back, since we were late for lunch at the Silver Grill.