Tag Archives: Austria

Walking in Austria

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IMG_0994We took the local bus from Mayrhofen toHintertux. Hintertux is a local ski mountain where you can ski 365 days of the year. We were not skiing but walking. The lift to the top is in three stages but we hoped off after the first stage and walked down into the town. Now I like walking down!  We started off in full cloud but walked down into hot sunshine ☀️

IMG_1001The walks are extremely well signposted so route finding is easy. We crossed bridges, admired the spring flowers and dodged cows. The cows all wear typical cow bells which you can hear from way off ( the purpose of the bells I suppose)

IMG_1009Apparently the better the milker the cow is the bigger the bell. Now I think that this is extremely mean. Not only does the poor girl have to carry a great big udder but a great big bell as well!

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Awesome Austria

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Hubs and I are having a cheeky week in Mayrhofen Austria. We have been multiple times but are still thrilled with the beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain tops are easily accessible due to the chair lifts

When you reach the end of the lifts the restaurants are fabulous putting our efforts on Snowdon to shame. All the many paths are well labelled with numbers making walking much easier. Your not SUPPOSED to get lost👣

We generally buy a six day mountain pass which enables lift use free buses and train. Not bad value.

Great time out as I hardly ever go away ha ha😎

Today I Saw an Iceberg!

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IMG_1299Today I saw an Iceberg!

I have walked on The Great Wall of China, swam on the Barrier Reef.

I have flown around Everest, Mount Cook and along The Grand Canyon.

I have trekked in The Himalaya and walked in Austria.

I have seen whales, Eagles, Penguins, Puffins and Pandas.

I have visited Las Vegas, Beijing and Rome.

I have been to the Opera in Verona, the theatre in London and shows on Broadway.

I have sailed The Panama Canal, Chillean Fjords and around Cape Horn.

I have flown, driven, sailed and travelled by train.

Ive walked, hiked, swam, laughed, loved and lived.

But today I saw an Iceberg………….

Barbara Taylor August 2017

 

Home Again -For now!

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Arrived home from Awesome Austria yesterday after a fantastic week of Sun, scenery and sore feet! This was not before an evening on our balcony, glass in hand, iPad at the ready in search of a further week or two back in Austria in the Autumn! This probably won’t happen as we have other plans but you have to dream!( I do, a lot!)

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It was lovely to catch up with family and our loveable Lab Benji. He has now forgiven us for going on holiday without him provided he can go away in our camper soon!

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Gorgeous Grandson had done a great job of dog caring.

Not much crafting to report on I’m afraid. There are great plans afoot on that subject. I will tell you all my plans when I know what they are.

No Wordsmith Wednesday due to holidays but normal service will be resumed next week.

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Awesome Austria Day Six

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Today we walked hobbled around the Zillar Valley in Austria. I would take a pic of my toes but they are far too grusome for publication! My other excuse is that thirty plus degrees is far to hot for hiking anyway!

We travelled up on the single chair lift at Hippach Ramsau. This is the best lift ever! You just glide up the mountain accompanied only by bird song and a gentle breeze. Sadly it is closing after this year due to high maintenance costs. I Signed the save Ramsau lift petition and will do the same on Facebook.

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We stopped at the obligatory cafe at the top of the lift for some refreshment OK beer! I waved Hubs off as he walked into the mountains not to be seen again for several hours. I made my way slowly back to the hotel, avoiding all shopping opportunities. Well it was Sunday, and all or most shops were closed, so I saved a fortune. I enjoyed a swim in the pool ( that didnt hurt feet) and sunbathed in the garden. Bliss!

Awesome Austria Day Four

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Today was the day that I wrecked my feet! It was downhill all the way, but first we had to go up hill!

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We decided to go up on the Ahorn gondola from Mayrhofen to the top of the Ahorn Mountain. The Ahorn Gondola is the largest in Austria and travels up the side of the mountain at approximately 36 kilometres per hour. The whole of the area is geared up for skiing but during the summer it is a walkers wonderland.

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The next problem was which way to walk? Well I do confess it was my suggestion to walk back down. Who in their right mind would walk down a mountain when you can get a lift? Not only that but we walked 4265 feet DOWN HILL!!

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The weather was a relentless 33 degrees. The Hubs was very patient. The feet were a nightmare. The scenery was stupendous. The packed lunch welcome. The water essential.

I did survive and complete the walk/hike/marathon. My poor toes were a different story. I did wear hiking boots but canvas ones. Big mistake. It’s never the wrong walk only the wrong footwear!

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Give feet freedom I say!

Awesome Austria Day Three

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Today we hitched the bus to Hintertux.

You can count on great snow conditions in Tux-Finkenberg, and that’s as safe as mountains! Perfectly prepared slopes at 3,250 m above sea level, on the Hintertux Glacier, 365 days a year! Slope maintenance machines are at work night for night to ensure ideal conditions – the fresh slopes allow ski enthusiast’s hearts to beat a little faster! But we didn’t go to ski we went to walk!

The weather was incredibly hot for walking today. We walked down from Hintertux Glacier but shared the lift up with ski enthusiasts and snow boarding lovers. I spent most of the time seeking shade, drinking water and avoiding cows.

This is The view where we ate lunch.

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All of the walks in the Tyrol are clearly way marked but this doesn’t prevent heated discussions about which way to go!

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I am currently allowing my feet to recover ready for tomorrow’s exciting ramble sorry walk!

Awesome Austria Day Two

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Where else in the World would you get a coffee, partway up a mountain,with such amazing views? Today is day two of our trip to Mayrhofen, Austria. We have been many times (aren’t we lucky?) and are always jaw droppingly impressed with the beautiful views.

The purpose of our trip is to walk a lot, get fit and drink whisky. Mmmmm not sure…..

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This is is a picture of Hubs looking for our lost path. Now this is not unusual we frequently lose our way.

Today was sooooo hot that we did a small walk up hill of course, got lost of course and stumbled across the cafe pictured above. It would have been very rude not to have Apple Strudel with cream and tea. Did anyone mention getting fit?

On our crawl up through the town in extreme heat I did notice a couple of craft shops. These will require investigation within the next few days so I will report back.

We returned to our hotel to have a swim ( Hubs to lift weights) so I decided to lie on the bed and relax. After all I am on holiday not a fitness break and it is hot and the strudel finished me off!