Five More Must-Do’s in Austria

If you head to Austria, there are many places that you can go. However, you want to make sure that you don’t miss these wonders!

1) See the Lipazzaner Stallions at home

You may have seen these magnificent animals perform in the States, but that doesn’t compare to seeing them at the Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg Palace. Their home base is in a chandeliered baroque-style riding hall. The ninety minute show will dazzle you with an equine ballet set to Mozart masterpieces. To attend their show, you need to book well in advance. There are also not many seats, which makes them fairly expensive. I booked standing room only tickets at 30 euro apiece. You also may be able to catch them during morning practice for a much cheaper price. The stallions take summer break during the months of July and August.

2) Hear the Vienna Boys Choir

If you write in advance, you can purchase tickets for Sunday morning mass at the Hofburg Palace Chapel (Hofburgkapelle). This is the home of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. Their hauntingly beautiful voices can he heard during the mass, however you cannot see them. At the mass we attended, though, the adorable lads dressed in sailor outfits were brought to the front to sing two final songs. Tickets range from 5 to 37 Euro apiece.

3) Explore Krimml Falls

These roaring falls are slightly off the beaten track, but well worth the ride. Krimml Waterfall, the highest in all of Europe (1,250 feet), cascades down the mountain in three breathtaking tiers. Spend a few hours climbing up the paths and observing the falls from various heights and directions. You may even see a rainbow in the raging waters below. If you go in the wintertime, you can see the falls frozen solid and surrounded by snow.

4) Visit a heurigen

There are many heurigens, or wine tavens, in the outskirts of Vienna (Heiligenstadt). An evening tasting local wine selections and listening to music is an experience not to be missed. Usually the heurigens feature a casual and relaxed atmosphere with a simple menu. Our favorite, Mayer am Pfarrplatz, was Beethoven’s house. The man himself lived there in the summer of 1817. The food is buffet-style, featuring everything from roasts to lasagna. You enter the kitchen, pick out what you want, and bring it to your table in the lovely courtyard.

5) Cruise the Danube

This famous river, although not really the blue from the song, is worth a visit. A cruise from the picturesque towns of Krems to Melk is highly recommended. Two companies run the cruises along this 25 mile stretch: DDSG and Brandner. They charge around 25 Euro for a round-trip. Bikes can be taken for free, and you can hop off and on as you like. There are even longer cruises from Vienna and Budapest if you have the time.

We chose the quaint village of Durnstein as our base in the Wachau Valley. It is a small, but wonderful historic village. Richard the Lionhearted was held prisoner here, and you can still see the ruins of the castle high above the town. You can even hike there for impressive river views if you are fit and willing. Durnstein also has a beautiful cathedral to explore. Its unusual blue and white bell tower can be seen from the river. In the afternoon we took a 5-minute drive by local vineyards to Oberloiben. We spent a couple hours with one of the local winemakers, Heuriger Brustbauer. We were served various wines, as well as cheeses, meats, and vegetables in their flowered garden. We were treated like honored guests by both husband and wife, who were also kind enough to attempt to speak English most of the time. Later that evening, we had a delectable fish dinner on the river at the Romantik Richard Lowenherz in Durnstein.

If you head to Austria, there are many places that you can go. However, you want to make sure that you don’t miss these wonders!

1) See the Lipazzaner Stallions at home

You may have seen these magnificent animals perform in the States, but that doesn’t compare to seeing them at the Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg Palace. Their home base is in a chandeliered baroque-style riding hall. The ninety minute show will dazzle you with an equine ballet set to Mozart masterpieces. To attend their show, you need to book well in advance. There are also not many seats, which makes them fairly expensive. I booked standing room only tickets at 30 euro apiece. You also may be able to catch them during morning practice for a much cheaper price. The stallions take summer break during the months of July and August.

2) Hear the Vienna Boys Choir

If you write in advance, you can purchase tickets for Sunday morning mass at the Hofburg Palace Chapel (Hofburgkapelle). This is the home of the famous Vienna Boys Choir. Their hauntingly beautiful voices can he heard during the mass, however you cannot see them. At the mass we attended, though, the adorable lads dressed in sailor outfits were brought to the front to sing two final songs. Tickets range from 5 to 37 Euro apiece.

3) Explore Krimml Falls

These roaring falls are slightly off the beaten track, but well worth the ride. Krimml Waterfall, the highest in all of Europe (1,250 feet), cascades down the mountain in three breathtaking tiers. Spend a few hours climbing up the paths and observing the falls from various heights and directions. You may even see a rainbow in the raging waters below. If you go in the wintertime, you can see the falls frozen solid and surrounded by snow.

4) Visit a heurigen

There are many heurigens, or wine tavens, in the outskirts of Vienna (Heiligenstadt). An evening tasting local wine selections and listening to music is an experience not to be missed. Usually the heurigens feature a casual and relaxed atmosphere with a simple menu. Our favorite, Mayer am Pfarrplatz, was Beethoven’s house. The man himself lived there in the summer of 1817. The food is buffet-style, featuring everything from roasts to lasagna. You enter the kitchen, pick out what you want, and bring it to your table in the lovely courtyard.

5) Cruise the Danube

This famous river, although not really the blue from the song, is worth a visit. A cruise from the picturesque towns of Krems to Melk is highly recommended. Two companies run the cruises along this 25 mile stretch: DDSG and Brandner. They charge around 25 Euro for a round-trip. Bikes can be taken for free, and you can hop off and on as you like. There are even longer cruises from Vienna and Budapest if you have the time.

We chose the quaint village of Durnstein as our base in the Wachau Valley. It is a small, but wonderful historic village. Richard the Lionhearted was held prisoner here, and you can still see the ruins of the castle high above the town. You can even hike there for impressive river views if you are fit and willing. Durnstein also has a beautiful cathedral to explore. Its unusual blue and white bell tower can be seen from the river. In the afternoon we took a 5-minute drive by local vineyards to Oberloiben. We spent a couple hours with one of the local winemakers, Heuriger Brustbauer. We were served various wines, as well as cheeses, meats, and vegetables in their flowered garden. We were treated like honored guests by both husband and wife, who were also kind enough to attempt to speak English most of the time. Later that evening, we had a delectable fish dinner on the river at the Romantik Richard Lowenherz in Durnstein.


A House Cleaning Checklist

With all the choices of cleaning products that are out on the market today, one can effectively get their housework completed with minimal efforts. One of the basic necessities that all households today must have is a great vacuum cleaner. A great vacuum to purchase would be one that has extremely strong suction abilities along with handy accessories.

Maintaining a clean environment is especially important for allergy sufferers. Many individuals purchase vacuum cleaners that have HEPA filters to trap dust mites and other allergens which can trigger attacks for allergies and asthma. This is a very important feature as solid containment is one of the best ways to keep the air free of particles that can slip through some bags. With modern technologies, some even come bagless which can be a great money saver as well as convenient!

Some individuals have two separate vacuum cleaners. One that is used for the home and the other would be used for outside perimeters like the garage. This is a top trade secret for professional housecleaners and a great house cleaning checklist item.  Each vacuum has a different purpose which helps lessen the chance of spreading dirt particles into the home which can happen when using one vacuum for indoor and outdoor cleaning.

Another important house cleaning checklist item would be a carpet steam cleaner as they are so affordable these days that it makes sense to own one!  These are great for little spills as well as overall steam cleaning. These can be bought at larger department stores and online as well. In today’s modern world, these little pieces of hardware are just as effective as if one had hired a professional carpet cleaner at only a fraction of the cost!

One of the best times to purchase a vacuum cleaner or a home steam cleaner can be right before the winter holidays or during an annual spring cleaning event. This is when most manufacturers offer discounted pricing and are making room for their new product lines. Taking advantage of free shipping or additional accessories can be the best time to get that much-wanted vacuum or steam cleaner that has been one’s house cleaning checklist. One of the best parts of ordering online is having the items delivered straight to one’s front door! Most come with a manufacturers one year guarantee and additional warranty on parts and labor can always be purchased.

Professional house cleaners have very nifty shortcuts when they clean their own homes. Like for instance did you know that vodka is the best disinfectant? This is not to say that house cleaners go around stacked with jugs of vodka but homeowners can certainly purchase cheap bottles of vodka (as they work just as well!) to clean their floors.

Sparkling water also makes water faucets in the bathrooms shine, shine, shine! Cleaning can be a breeze if one is aware of the many different kinds of options that can speed things along. Many folks today are also looking into ‘greener’ products. Some have opted for homemade solutions like vinegar and water. This method can be quite effective for a multitude of cleaning options and also very cost effective as well!

For those individuals that like a dust-free home, keeping windows and doors closed is one of the best ways to cut down on the dust. Many individuals will open up windows in a section of the home like the kitchen or bathrooms that require more air ventilation. These are also areas where more frequent clean up is needed so this will cut down on the constant need for multiple room dusting and vacuuming.

There are many different methods of house cleaning and choosing one that fits appropriately for each household can easily be done. Some folks only have free time during the weekends so they take half a day to tend to their house cleaning chores while others want to pick up small items during the week so they can use the weekends to grocery shop and socialize with friends and family.

One smart way is to work one room at a time during the weekday after work. This keeps the home thoroughly cleaned at all times and can be less work. Some like to dust their homes every other day and tend to things like laundry during the week. Others find they have absolutely no time for house cleaning and enlist in professional services and also pick up around the home when they can. This can also be a very effective way to keep the home nice and tidy with some assistance.


How to Cook the Perfect Rice Every Time

Step One: Proper storage

Proper storage has every bit to do with a great product. Rice should always be stored in a cool and dry pantry. Make sure the bag is completely sealed and use within a year of purchasing.

Step Two: Cleaning and soaking

Washing rice has become a thing of the ancient past. Rice these days is washed thoroughly before packaging, so only a quick rinse is necessary to remove excess starch and debris. Long grain rice benefits from an hour soak as it will become less brittle and likely to break during the cooking process.

Step Three: The Three Amigos a.k.a. Cooking Methods

Some rice are best cooked in large amounts of water and covered with a lid, others are best steamed, and some required a combo of the two. Here’s the low down:

Absorption Method – This is the most common method of cooking rice and is usually reserved for Basmati, Jasmine and other long grain rice. Directions include:

how to cook perfect ricePlace rice in cold water and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to very low. When water has completely absorbed, about 15 – 25 minutes, turn off heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
Fluff rice with a fork and serve. The rice is cooked by the hot water and once the water is absorbed, the rice is cooked by the steam.
Boiling Method – This method is similar to the way pasta is cooked: in lots of water. Risotto made with Arborio rice is a great example of this. Directions include:

Bring to a boil at least 6 cups of water or vegetable stock.
If making Risotto, saute onions in a large pot. Add the rice.
Add enough of your boiling liquid to cover the rice. Let the liquid absorb, then add more to cover.
Repeat this process until you’ve reached the desired tenderness of your rice. This method involves a lot of liquid because there is no lid to cover the pot. The steam is evaporated, only the boiling liquid (like pasta) is used.
Steaming Method – This method is generally reserved for sticky rice, like in Sticky Rice with Mango. Rice is soaked for at least two hours, then placed in a bamboo steamer atop a pot of boiling water and cooked using only the steam. The rice never touches the pan and therefore produces a soft, moist product, perfect for a yummy dessert!

The last method is just to use a rice cooker, makes everything simple, you can find some good ones at Delicious.

With just a few basic tips for cooking rice, you can be on your way to preparing a delicious delicacy which has been cooked (properly) and enjoyed for thousands of years. Why not tap into such an amazing ancient tradition?


Weekend Schedule

All day Registration & loading 12 noon – Noontime cannon (3rd New Jersey Volunteers)5:00pm – Evening meal 7:00pm – Tavern Event
FRIDAY, JULY 18All day Registration & loading 8:00am – Reveille & Colours9:00am – 5:00pm Set-up & load in 12 noon – Noontime Cannon (3rdNJV or other) 12 noon – Noontime meal 3:30pm – Formation / drill4:00pm – Shelburne Fife Introduction 5:00pm – Evening meal 5:30pm – Commanders meeting6:00pm – Parade 6:00pm – Encampment closed to public 9:00pm – Sunset Colour Ceremony 9:30pm – Harbour Ship skirmish – Continental Ship burning

SATURDAY JULY 19 Registration & loading until 12 noon

7:30am – Reveille & Colours9:00am – Commanders meeting 9:00am – Troops assemble 10:00am – Formation / drill 12 noon – Noontime Cannon 12 noon – Noontime meal 2:00pm – Landing re-enactment assembly 3:00-4:00pm – Landing event 5:00pm – Evening meal 9:00pm – Sunset Colour Ceremony 9:30 – Tavern event
SUNDAY, JULY 208:30am – Reveille & Colours9:00am – Muster for church 9:15am – Parade to Church 10:00/10:30am Church Service – Rick Welsh 11:00am – Parade to cenotaph for salute to all who have served12 noon – Noontime meal1:00pm – Parade to historic garden party2:00pm – 18th

Century Costume Exposition3:00pm – Strike Camp
Skirmishes may be scheduled subject to the inclination of the commanders.  Participants are welcome to remain in the encampment through Tuesday morning ^^^top^^^
In 1783 about 3000 Loyalists, fleeing the consequences of the war in the Colonies, arrived in Shelburne, Nova Scotia on ships from New York City. Even with many Loyalists moving on to what is now New Brunswick and then to upper Canada, the population in and around Shelburne quickly swelled to more than 10,000.
As a result of this migration, Shelburne became the 4th largest city in North America and nearby Birchtown became the first free black settlement in Canada. The Loyalists, who maintained allegiance to the British Crown during the American Revolution, created an instant boom town in the wilderness. The population, which had grown so quickly, then decreased within twenty years to a few hundreds as the Loyalists moved to other destinations
The event is one of several large re-enactment events over the last ten years, portraying significant episodes in history surrounding the “American War.”. These include large events at Quebec City, Fort Louisbourg, Fort Ticonderoga, Saratoga, Savanna and Yorktown.

The host re-enactment group is Abraham Van Buskirks Comany of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers and the Shelburne Reenactment Association and already there have been commitments from the Kings Orange Rangers, Prince of Wales Historical Dancers, Delancy’s Brigade, the 78th Regimment of Foot Highland Emigrants, 10th Regiment of Foot and the Royal American Fencibles. The largest Revolutionary War-era reenactment Society, the Brigade of the American Revolution, has placed the event as its premier national event for 2017.

Please refer to this website often to learn more about this grand weekend celebrating a unique chapter in Canadian history.