In Search Of Hidden Beauty – Town Mouse And Country Mouse

I wanted to share a few photos from our recent vacation. The first three are in the country, the last two back in the city.

I love that we have the opportunity to experience both realms, I think it is a huge quality of life improvement to have the benefits of the city and those of country life.

We are both town mice and country mice. :)

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The photos above are from a walk in the Pielachtal in Lower Austria.

photo 2 (3)This is my favorite hidden little street in the city, it is always quiet there and the shops have the most gorgeous displays. Most tourists miss this spot (which is why it stays quiet). ;)

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This last one is from a cute app I found called MomentCam. It is a first class wish fulfillment opportunity for moments when you want to waste some time! Enjoy! ;)

Are you a town mouse or a country mouse?

Have a great weekend ahead!

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32 Responses to In Search Of Hidden Beauty – Town Mouse And Country Mouse

  1. Hey Birgit,
    Lovely shots. I am most definitely a City Mouse but my family comes from sheep and wheat farmers and I spent some time on their farms in my youth, holidaying. I didn’t really understand how anyone could live that life, too dependent on weather and the universe fore me. The holidays were fun though.
    Portia xx

  2. Tatiana says:

    Love the photos! Like you, I think I’m a little bit of both. I love spending time in cities. New York, Paris and Tokyo are some of my favorites. I live in the suburbs and enjoy the quiet mornings. I like to hike a local trail with my husband. If it’s a clear day when we reach the summit, I can see the Pacific Ocean on one side and then turn around and see the valley where we live and across the bay. Glad you were able to get away for a relaxing holiday.

  3. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Hah, I know your hidden spot, B. :-)
    I’m a dual-mouse too – I live in the countryside and love the quiet, dewy early mornings in the woods. But that’s just some 25 min drive from the centre of Vienna. And strangely enough, every time I arrive to London I feel relaxed & home (although I mostly go there for work).

  4. Sabine says:

    Town mouse. Totally. Countryside is great for holidays and walking, but I can’t see myself living there. Having said that, whenever we are in a beautiful natural setting, like the Bavarian Alps, or the High Moor in Devon, we feel that it’s good for the soul. Just not very practical.

  5. Tara says:

    Really gorgeous pics. How nice to discover a hidden street in the heart of the city.

    I’m another “dual-mouse” as LJG put it. I like the idea of living in the country with lovely long walks, no (or very little) litter, pollution or crime but I don’t think it would suit me full-time at this time of my life. I like being plugged-in to what’s going on in the city and having easy access to everything. A weekend cottage is the ideal solution in my view but at least I can stay with my sister out in the sticks every once in a while.

    A wish fulfillment app sounds fun. Must check it out.

  6. Sandra says:

    Great shots! I am a town mouse simply because that is all I know. I love the country and the sea for vacations but not to live. I love to have people around me all the time.

  7. Suzanne says:

    Gorgeous pix, Birgit. Especially those two black-and-white shots and the picture with the Christmas tree taken on your hidden street.

    I’m very much a country mouse, but one who wishes she had a place in the city, too. But these days, I’m fantasizing that the city place was in Europe. I’d really love to have a place in Rome. :)

  8. ringthing says:

    Beautiful pics, Birgit, thanks for sharing your vacation :-) I am very much a country mouse; I lived in a big city for years as a young adult and looking back, I don’t know how I did it. The draw back is a lack of shopping but that’s what the Internet is for, and my best friend is in a city so that offers opportunities for museums and restaurants.

  9. I loved seeing your pictures, dear Birgit. I mostly love the quiet of the outskirts of town. But it is nice to live close to the city for quick access to those luxuries we all love. :)

  10. Undina says:

    Lovely pictures (especially the one with a Christmas tree)!

    I’m definitely a town mouse. I do not mind a little bit of Nature now and then but I get bored very quickly and do not enjoy it after a day or two.

  11. hajusuuri says:

    Nice pictures! I’m a town mouse with a country mouse heart!

  12. hildegunn says:

    I grew up a extreme country mouse- would take me the better part of a day to get to a city, and I felt lost and out of place . Now I live in Norway’s 3 biggest city, but really, its more like a town. Suits me well, Beeing grown up I certainly now can enjoy the country life, but every time I visit a city, my blood rushes, and I feel anonymous and “at home”.

  13. flittersniffer says:

    I am not sure if I have been in that hidden street, but I think I recognise the town!

    The ballet picture is priceless… I can totally see you on your points. ;)

  14. Ines says:

    I’m mostly a town mouse, but don’t mind occasionally becoming a country one. ;)

    Hope your weekend is lovely as well!

    • Olfactoria says:

      One of the great things about the country is knowing you get back to civilaisation eventually. Only knowing that makes it relaxing and enjoyable (if I had to stay in the sticks forever I would hate it!) ;)

  15. I’m mostly city mouse, but I sometimes have a huge need to distract from everything and that I can manage only in country, mountains or somewhere at remote seaside place.

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