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Gloria Cressler-European Spring Tour



 

  Toni Bauer and Gudron of Anton Bauer Winery, Gloria T. Cressler and Robert Lester  at the winery for the wine festival in Austria

Toni Bauer and Gudrun of Anton Bauer Winery, Gloria T. Cressler and Robert Lester  at the winery for the wine festival in Austria
 
By: Gloria Consolacion T.Cressler
Editor: Black Tie International Magazine  
 
 
Last year November/December I traveled to Europe to cover the Entrepreneur Expo and Black Tie Evening Gala.  The Gala event was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in London, and featured many famous individuals, including Bill Walsh, Bill Clinton, and Tony Robbins.
 
This Spring, I was on the road again - on another European adventure!
 
My first stop was the old world city of Vienna to attend their wine festival.  Seeped in history and culture, visiting Vienna is like traveling back in time.  I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel – an establishment that embraces the finest traditions of hospitality and service.  The staff, as always, could not be more friendly and accommodating. 
www.intercontinental.vienna.com
 
The day after my arrival, I met with my Austrain friend, Robert Lester.  We drove about forty-five minutes outside of Vienna to the town of Feuersbrunn to attend the wine festival.  Our first stop was to see Toni Bauer, a third generation wine maker, and Gudrun of the Anton Bauer Wines.  It was nice to see Toni and the lovely Gudron - both of them are always friendly and very hospitable. We also enjoyed the company of Toni's sister, Sieglinde Bauer and her daughter Sonja Bauer, and Krisztina Cerny and her husband Karl Cerny, who is the President of Videojet Technologies Suisse Gmbh.  We were served the best wines and food.  Anton Bauer wines are one of my favorite Austrian wines.  To check out where to purchase Anton Bauer Wines in the United States, go to www.antonbauer.at.
 
 
I also enjoyed meeting other guests that were attending the wine festival. We made a pack to get together in New York City sometime soon. We also enjoyed listening to a live band called TR& B Acoustic Power Soul.
They sang both American and English songs to the delight of the guests.
 
 
Next on the schedule was, with visit with Chef Toni Morwald, who owns several hotels and restaurants that are situated right in the heart of the Austrian wine country.  Chef Morwald had been in business for twenty-five years, Chef Morwald cooked us an special dinner, a large quail with special mushrooms that grew in the wild called morrels, I watched his expert hand prepare the food for us. It was beautiful and delicious, and it was served with the wines of Anton Bauer. 
 
The superb gourmet food that is prepared by Chef Morwald attracts tremendous numbers of visitors.  They get lot of tourist from all over Europe and other parts of the world. It is a place to visit and relax with the beautiful fresh air.  Make sure to add The World of Morwald when you plan your next trip to Europe. They are also part of the wine festival and they have interesting and informative guided tours.  Check their websites for a list of their different restaurants and hotels. To make your reservations go to www.moerwald.at
 
The following day we went to another wine tasting in a restaurant called Heuriger.  The chef is Harald Brunner, who is an old friend of Robert Lester. When we got there we met the friendly Johanna.  She owns the restaurant with her husband, Johannes  Gebeshuber.  They also owns a winery called Spaetrot. By the time we sat down, they already started to serve us different types of wines to taste.  Chef Brunner brought us different types of appetizer to go with the different wines. And, after these dining delights, Johannes invited us to visit their winery.  The winery is housed by a beautiful old building that is almost 200 years old.  Spaetrot is translated as “late red.” The winery selects only the healthiest and ripest selected grapes and picks them with gentle hands. Following the visit to the winery, we went back at the restaurant, and the ever friendly and smiling Chef Brunner cooked us several gourmet dishes. And both Johannes and Johanna were so gracious in serving us the different wines that paired with the different gourmet foods.  So everything was delicious. So make sure to add this place to visit during the wine festival on the first weekend of May.  Check there websites Chef Brunner  www.haraldbrunner.com, Restaurant www.heuriger-spaetrot.com the Winery www.spaetrot.com
 
Next it was off to Ireland.  I went to Dublin for a few days.  Then I went to Belfast, and met by my friend Tina O'Hagan who owns  the hospitality company called Tina O Hagan Associates specializing in professional kitchen and bar designs.  Many castles in Ireland are upgrading their kitchens and bars to more modern designs and many of them are clients of Tina.
 
An example of the work done by Tina O Hagan Associates is the castle named the Hotel Leslie.  This is the same castle were Paul McCarthy stayed with his guests, and married his second wife.  The Hotel Leslie is the only castle in Ireland owned by the same family since the 1600.  The late Prime Minister Winston Churchill was related to the Leslie family. Winston Churchill mother, Jennie Jerome, was an American.  So when you are in the castle you will see the christening dress of Winston Churchill and also a picture of the young Winston with his brother,  as well as their mother.
 
The castle  is set on a thousand acres of Irish countryside. It is now run by Sir Jack Leslie and his niece Samantha Leslie. I got the chance to meet them both. The castle is a favorite place for couples to get married. And it is also a good place to relax and unwind.  It has several living rooms and several bars. The castle has been kept into its original state, except for the upgrades to the kitchen and bars, and there are private spa inside some of the bedrooms.  There is also a very nice place for breakfast in a Victorian  room, surrounded by original paintings and overlooking
 a garden and lake.
 
You can request for a picnic basket and eat in their beautiful garden by the lake. And on the grounds of  the castle there is a lodge that has a nice restaurant for dinner, and a bar downstairs, and several rooms.  Looking for some thing to do? - You can go horse back riding, fishing or watch a movie in their theater.  You can also go for a stroll in the woods or have a luxurious massage in there Victorian style spa.  The Castle Leslie is just 80 minutes from Dublin, Definitely a place to see and stay. To check out this wonderful vacation spot go to www.castleleslie.com.
 
Another place that my friend Tina took me for brunch is the Lough Erne Resort. This complex is where the G-8 Summit Meetings are held . The resort’s head chef is Noel McMeel, who took care of the food of the International Presidents.  During our visit, he made us several types of delicious, gourmet food that was paired with several gourmet organic teas. Chef McMeel used to be a part of the Le Cirqe Restaurants in New York.  He just came out with an exciting recipe book that he will be launching in New York soon. The resort is surrounded by lake and manicured golf course, and has a large conference, wedding space, and spa. This is an additional place to add to your list to see and stay. For more info click to www.lougherneresort.com.
 
 
Tina and I went to dinner at the lodge by the grounds of Castle Leslie. We were joined by Father Sean Nolan, Parish priest of Parish of Errigal Truagh in St. Joseph's Emyvale, Co. Monaghan Ireland.  The restaurant serves good food, and it is very cozy.  Sir Jack Leslie eat dinner there, and afterwards entertained us with his piano playing.
 
The following day we dropped by Father Nolan’s parish.  There was a good image of Archbishop John Hughes, who was originally from this area and was the fourth bishop and first archbishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of New York.  He laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick’s Cathedral on August 15, 1858.  He also founded Fordham University, formerly St. John College.  Father Nolan gives art classes to the local parishioners.  So I told father Nolan that they should continue there art classes, and in the future I want to promote their works in New York.   If you too want to support them, please let me know.   
 
Then it was time to go back to Dublin. I did not have time to see were they built the Titanic in Belfast which I plan to see on my
next trip. Tina and I tried food in different restaurants in Dublin, and went shopping a little bit.  When we get tired, we had afternoon tea and some scones, while listening to the piano music at the famous hotel called the Shelbourne. Then, at my last night in Dublin, Tina and I ate at  Clontarf Castle, which, today, is also hotel.
 
I had a wonderful trip because of the nice people that I know, and new people that I met.  Having Robert Lester and Tina O'Hagan as guides was wonderful.  I want to thank them for job well done.
 
And I want to thank the good people at the Intercontinental Hotel in Vienna who always make me feel at home, starting with the general manager Mr. Thomas Legner, the director of marketing  Ms. Britta Neuper-Schrenk and head concierge Christian Plank.  Christian’s only job has been with the Hotel Intercontinental - he told me that he loves the opportunity to help the guests. 
 
And also I want to thank  Daniel Petre and  Christopher Fitz for all the good service that they extended to me while I was at the Priority Club Lounge. If you are traveling to Vienna, Austria the general manager as I mention before of the Imntercontinental Hotel Vienna is Mr. Legner, and in Dusseldorf, Germany the general manager is Mr. Ronald Hoogerbrugge.  Do not forget to make reservations in these Intercontinental Hotels - they give you great service and make you
 feel at home. 
 
I recommend that you sign up for Priority Club Rewards, so you can use the Priority Club Lounge.  They serve meals three times a day, and in the evening, they even have champagne cocktails.   And all the food they serve are fresh and delicious because they have their own roof top garden!  They even have a beehive to collect honey.  If you are a member of the Priority club you can get an upgrade with your rewards.   They also have a conference room and free internet service in there Priority Lounges.  You can get your Priority Club rewards by staying at any of these establishments located throughout the world:  Intercontinental Hotel, Crown Plaza and Holiday Inn and many others. Please check there websites.
 
I will be planning a trip again in December to London, Vienna and Dubai. And in May around Europe.
 
Let me know by the end of November if you want to travel with me in May to the Wine Festival in Austria then to Germany, and to all the castles in Ireland and London.  You will enjoy your trip more if you go with somebody who knows the area and has contacts.  And, it is cheaper to make reservations early. Keep in mind, May is the beginning of there summer vacation season in Europe.
 
This is Gloria T. Cressler signing off.  I will see you at our upcoming events and trips.  For any questions and contacts for anything that you read here, or to join our trips, e-mail me at queenglori@aol.com or Gloria@blacktiemagazine.com
 or call 1-718-803-0022 from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m. 
 
For invitations to our events on Oct. 22 our Annual Platinum Red Carpet Event with Fashion Shows, Nov. 19 Thanksgiving event and Dec. 02 for our Christmas Party, or to sponsor our events, and to advertise in Black Tie international Magazine and information with the AR-1Supercar, you can use the same contact information.
 So I hope to hear from all of you soon.
     
I thank those people who helped me with this project: Gerry McKeon, publisher of Black Tie International Magazine, Robert Lester of Austria, Germany, Dubai and other European countries, Tina O'Hagan of Ireland & London, Barry Brown studios, Herb Mones, & Nick Alessi of AR-1Supercar.  I also thank everybody who participated in this project It was fun working with all of you. I will see you again in our next trip.
 
Gloria T. Cressler
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  Chef Morwald and Gloria Cressler in front of Grafenegg Castle in Grafenegg Austria were one of     Chef Morwald Hotel is located.
  Chef Morwald and Gloria Cressler in front of Grafenegg Castle in Grafenegg Austria where one of  Chef Morwald Hotel is located.
 
Robert Lester, Chef Toni Morwald & Gloria Cressler after Chef Morwald made us a delicious dinner paired with Anton Bauer Wines
Robert Lester, Chef Toni Morwald & Gloria Cressler after Chef Morwald made us a delicious dinner paired with Anton Bauer Wines
Guests of Anton Bauer Winery Wine Festival Christine Kostler, Helmunt Ferarrie, & Josef Ostertag
Guests of Anton Bauer Winery Wine Festival Christine Kostler, Helmunt Ferarrie,
& Josef Ostertag
Taken from my Studio Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel Vienna of the City of Vienna Austria.
Taken from my Studio Suite at the Intercontinental Hotel
 Vienna of the City of Vienna Austria.
Director of Marketing Ms. Britta Neuper-Schrenk and Head Concierge Christian Plank   of Intercontinental Hotel Vienna & Gloria Cressler
Director of Marketing Ms. Britta Neuper-Schrenk and Head Concierge Christian Plank   of Intercontinental Hotel Vienna & Gloria Cressler
Wine Producers and Restaurant owners Johannes Gebeshuben and his wife Johanna, Gloria Cressler, Chef Harald Brunner and Robert Lester.
Wine Producers and Restaurant owners Johannes Gebeshuber and his wife Johanna, Gloria Cressler, Chef Harald Brunner and Robert Lester.
Inside Castle Leslie were we stayed with the picture of the young Winston Churchill and his brother
Inside Castle Leslie were we stayed with the picture
of the young Winston Churchill and his brother
nside Lough Erne Resort with Gloria T. Cressler,  Head Chef Noel Meel and Tina O'Hagan after   he prepared for us fabulous meals
Inside Lough Erne Resort with Gloria T. Cressler,  Head Chef Noel Meel
 and Tina O'Hagan after
  he prepared for us fabulous meals
               
Part of Castle Leslie, the Castle is a lot larger than what is taken in the picture  
Part of Castle Leslie, the Castle is a lot larger than what is taken in the picture  
 
 Inside Lough Erne Hotel Enniskillen Northern Ireland were the had the G-8 SUMMIT CONFERENCE recently with international presidents.
  Inside Lough Erne Hotel Enniskillen Northern Ireland were the had the G-8 SUMMIT CONFERENCE recently with international presidents.
Victoria Style Breakfast room at Castle Leslie surrounded by family portriats of families who occupies the castle from the biggining
Victoria Style Breakfast room at Castle Leslie surrounded by family portriats of families who occupies the castle from the early days
 
Gloria Cressler with Sir Jack Leslie of Castle Leslie
Gloria Cressler with Sir Jack Leslie of Castle Leslie
  Father Sean Nolan with the image of Archibishop John Hughes who laid the corner stone of Saint Patrick Cathedral in New York City last August 15, 1858
  Father Sean Nolan with the image of Archibishop John Hughes who laid the corner stone of Saint Patrick Cathedral in New York City last August 15, 1858
 Father Nolan with the paintings of one of the local parishioners
Father Nolan with the paintings of one of the local parishioners
 
 Our afternoon Tea at the Shelbourn Hotel in Dublin with my friend Tina O'Hogan

 

 Our afternoon Tea at the Shelbourn Hotel in Dublin with my friend Tina O'Hogan
 Our afternoon Tea at the Shelbourn Hotel in Dublin with my friend Tina O'Hogan
At a pub in Dublin Ireland, most of the famous singers from Ireland started here
O'Donoghues, a pub in Dublin Ireland, most of the famous singers
from Ireland started here. Including The Dubliners..

 

 

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