Hang Day with Becca

Hike at Hidden Villa in the Los Altos Hills, shopping at Target, gluten free treats at Zest bakery in San Carlos, and stumbled across the Art & Wine Faire, where I fell in love with a couple paintings.  Couldn’t help it, my first art purchase!

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Heading Home

Run in the Rowland Heights hills with Steve, to work off last night’s food.

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I’m allergic to most of this stuff, but the Nin Go (fried in egg) and turnip cake in the middle are two of my favorite things about Chinese New Year!

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For more insight on some of the Chinese New Year goodies we often eat, check out OpallaOnTrails’ great blog post, with recipes!  The rice cake, taro cake, turnip cake… all very similar to what I’ve grown up with here in California.

Here’s a little excerpt from her post regarding the reason for all the ‘cakes’:

The word Go is a homophone for “high” in the Chinese language. So the cakes are called Go, because anything that rises or is high (be it your salary, your rank, your grade or even the stock market) is supposed to be good.

Yay for knowledge!
Happy New Year everyone!

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Schloß Schönbrunn & Braunau

Visiting Schönbrunn Palace, our last stop in Vienna…

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Exploring the gardens!

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Walking up to the Gloriette on top of the hill…

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Austria is all about Mozart… even the café in the Gloriette has Mozart pastries…

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Enjoying our walk back down the hill…

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Driving back toward Germany!

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Stopping for the night in the very very retro (read: old) but nice Hotel Post in the town of Braunau, on the border of Austria and Germany.

Wikipedia fact:  Adolf Hitler, who later became the dictator of Nazi Germany, was born in Braunau in 1889.

**The more you know…**

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Grabbing a lovely dinner at a restaurant two doors down and one floor up…

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Tomorrow we go home!

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