Tuesday, September 09, 2014

THE SHAVE SHOP



While I just use a nice multi blade razor with shaving foam bought at a supermarket, there seems to be a whole revival of wet shaving culture happening these days. 
I think it's a good idea, if one has the time to go through the whole procedure from whipping up the cream to carefully shaving with one of those blades that are better known for their  clean kill use in Mobster movies than for romantic morning hours in the bath room.

Just imagine a store created by men for men, where women patiently wait around until their partners have decided which items to try and buy. Men asking their wives for advise which shaving cream smells better and what color leather bag to buy for storing all of the tools when you travel.
Yep, so witnessed in Paris last month, right by the hotel I stayed at in a store called Planete Rasoir. 
Established 1966, long before hipster was a word, it was one of the exciting discoveries in that city. I'd say the store was at least 250m2 full of all things shaving, from creams and lotions to blades of all kinds and shaving brushes made from badger hair. 
If you'd pick top of the line items, we are talking iPhone pricing here, so yes, I found it amazing and one could almost call it a "revenge store" after visiting all those fashion shops downtown  and Gallerie Lafayette for hours at end.

While the store does not offer shaves ( a completely different license in Europe), the vendors were full of advise and explanations. But they do offer sharpening services for those blades.
I ended up buying nothing, but for sure was tempted to change my shaving habits. Next time. With my wife.



ALWAYS WORTH A VISIT



CREAMS AND LOTIONS



LOTS OF IT

ORGANIC DONKEY STUFF

AS DIFFICULT TO SELECT ONE OF THESE AS A HERMES SCARF

MADE OF BADGER BACK HAIR

EXCELLENT ADVISE

VINTAGE STYLE

STRAIGHT RAZORS

SHARPENING SERVICE



PATIENT MOTHER & DAUGHTER

Saturday, September 06, 2014

TU FELIX AUSTRIA



Just a quick post with some images of my week in Austria. This would be my last visit back for a while. Having visited the home country four times in less than 24 month and with a pending transcontinental move again, I won't be back for  while.
It was a great visit as it usually is, now that I am driving back to France, all I can think of is what would have been if the Austrians would not have had their teeth kicked in during WW I.
What an EMPIRE it was at that time. Just imagine the food from all corners of Europe, of which now all you find are remnants in Austria. Nationalism is on the rise once again i say, let's see what happens.

I visited an acquaintance in a valley not far from Hinterstoder, where he purchased a property. Almost historic in age, the house is full of Empire memories. Less than 140 kilometers a drive, the place is well known to religious pilgrims and I have never been there. Well worth a visit.

I said good bye to friends and family for a while, they all had a chance to visit me in France, now they have to catch a plane to meet up again. Knowing that we won't be back for a while, I made the most of my meals, at home with Strudels and other home made treats, in restaurants with more complex dishes.

The weather was not the best, so most of the exterior pictures are greyish. Enjoy the images, next Austrian post is undetermined.


LEBERKAS

APPLE STRUDEL IN THE MAKING



BREAKFAST. HOME MADE EVERYTHING. EXCEPT COFFEE

WIENER SCHNITZEL

CAKES

GINGER BREAD HEARTS

AUSTRIAN COFFEE SERVICE

ROASTED VEAL LIVER

BLUNZN (BLOOD PUDDING)


HINTERSTODER


OVER THE HENGSTPASS 

TO MARIA ZELL

A TRADITIONAL PHARMACY

THEY PRODUCE THEIR OWN TINCTURES 

THE ORIGINAL JAGERMEISTER?

SMALL HERB GARDEN OUT FRONT THE PHARMACY



JUST HANGING AROUND

REMNANTS OF THE EMPIRE

A COUNTRY ESTATE

WITH A MASSIVE KACHELOFEN

AND AN OPEN FIRE

IT TAKES TALENT TO COOK WITH THIS HEARTH

THE LAKE VIEW

WOODEN HOUSES AROUND THE AREA


WORK OR GO HOME

SERVING THE BEST HIGHWAY FOOD IN THE WORLD

ALSO A HOTEL