October 27, 2011


This past summer was insane. Madness, I tell ya! After my very first out-of-state art market, a subsequent huge wholesale order*, my very first solo exhibit and a still-top-secret-super-exciting-project-I-can't-wait-to-tell-you among other things, this artist needed a little TLC...

...and she found it in....AUSTRIA und GERMANY!!!

Austria and Germany were never on my list of must visit places but...when they're on the husband's bucket list...and when said husband has done all the planning...who am I to complain. Wooo travels!

First stop: Vienna
The land of music, Mozart and most importantly, the sachertorte.

But, even MORE importantly, the land of katzenzungen; chocolates shaped like a cat's tongue. Why? I have no idea. But I do know this: I love it. I love it so bad.

And while in Vienna, I stumbled upon the cutest little chocolate shop-patisserie-coffee shop-cafe ever: Demel. Everything was so heartbreakingly beautiful; from the decor to the desserts to the packaging. I could have sat there and sucked in inspiration for hours. Literally.**

Then it was off to Germany! Hello Berlin!

There were many, many, many museum visits on our trip but one of my favorite was the Bauhaus Archive Museum. The museum presented not only the Bauhaus history and designs but also the school's courses, assignments and studies. I think I found it so fascinating because I've never attended art school and I felt like I got a glimpse into what it would be like.

And of course, I could not NOT take advantage of this beautiful night at the Brandenburg Gate to play with panoramic photos.

Next up, Munich!

When in the land of Oktoberfest and biergartens, do as the locals do: double fist it with beer and pretzels yall!***

Now, onto some little no man's land Andrew dragged me to because of their car museums...I mean...Stuttgart.

At least I found art inspiration in the unlikeliest of places: this porky Porsche.

Next...hallo Frankfurt! I have no pictures. We ate Chinese food. We turned the wrong corner and found ourselves in the land of "Eros" clubs. Use your imagination. Auf Wiedersehen Frankfurt!

Finally, the culmination of our trip...the husband's mecca...the Nurburgring.

Apparently, the Nurburgring is a race track; a legendary, highly difficult and extremely dangerous race track. And apparently, this race track is open to the public on certain days. And apparently, there is no speed limit. And apparently, any vehicle from buses to modified racing cars can simultaneously drive on this race track. And apparently, I was strapped in as passenger while the husband took his turns on this track.

I almost lost my lunch.

Hope you enjoyed this condensed recap of my little time away. And I hope to see you soon as I ramp up for another busy month. Eek!

*I am proud to say that Lisa Chow has officially infiltrated the west coast. Ok, maybe just the San Francisco area. But I am now in NINE California retail locations!!! NINE!!!
**I had my very first latte of the trip in Demel and quickly learned when you ask for skim or soy milk, you get shot down. Whole milk...or creme...for you missy. And forget about Splenda, Equal, raw sugar, simple syrup or any other sugar substitute. You're gonna take regular sugar and you're gonna like it.
***I'm actually drinking a Radler. Or, as I like to call it: a beer Sprite spritzer. Yeah...I still didn't like it. What can I say, I'm not an alcohol fan. I'll take a latte or milkshake over wine and cocktails any day.

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