A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 Part 1

May 2, 2018 at 12:08

The last few days with blue sky before the Winter 2017/2018 trip. Where to go? What to do? Over the Alps where the sky is still blue and the temperature is fine – at last in the daytime! So Italy is was – a nice road trip before Asia. Here are a few pictures:
At the ‎⁨Zurs Ski Area⁩, ⁨Lech⁩, ⁨Austria⁩
At the ‎⁨Zurs Ski Area⁩, ⁨Lech⁩, ⁨Austria⁩

1 Night in Sankt Anton am Arlberg

We started late so we had to sleep one night in Sankt Anton since driving in the night does not make sense if you want to enjoy the landscape! We stayed at Alexandra Alber Villa Schlosskopf. We had a nice small room with private bathroom. We never saw Alexandra – her children took care of us. From the check-in to making the breakfast (which was very good) to the checkout.

Room at Alexandra Alber Villa Schlosskopf
The Room

Bathroom

Found my new Stiegl favourite
Found my new Stiegl favourite

Mountains from the hotel
The view from the hotel

Sankt Anton am Arlberg
Sankt Anton am Arlberg

Towards Italy

Schloss Wiesberg - a bit before Strengen
Schloss Wiesberg – a bit before Strengen

The view towards Pians
The view towards Pians

Perfect day for driving - no traffic and blue sky
Perfect day for driving – no traffic and blue sky

Wannenkopf and Oberer Rauenkopf
Wannenkopf and Oberer Rauenkopf

A few minutes before Rappen
A few minutes before Rappen

On the Tiroler Straße
On the Tiroler Straße

God's son takes some rays outside Oberlängenfeld
God's son takes some rays outside Oberlängenfeld

View from Ötztalstrasse
View from Ötztalstrasse

View from Ötztalstrasse

At Schmiedhof
At Schmiedhof

On the Gurglerstraße
On the Gurglerstraße

From the green valley to the white top
From the green valley to the white top

This is the Austrian side of the mountains
This is the Austrian side of the mountains

View from the Ötztal-Straße
View from the Ötztal-Straße

Or the Timmelsjoch-Hochalpenstraße
Or the Timmelsjoch-Hochalpenstraße

On the way down towards Italy
On the way down towards Italy

If you see this picture - would you think you are still in Austria or even Europe?
If you see this picture – would you think you are still in Austria or even Europe?

Blue sky to come
Blue sky to come

The Timmelsbach - partly frozen
The Timmelsbach – partly frozen

In Italy on the SS44bis
In Italy on the SS44bis

Over here it looks warmer
Over here it looks warmer

This one can go down pretty fast - and up as well
This one can go down pretty fast – and up as well

He was here with his friend in the same car - they chased each other down
He was here with his friend in the same car – they chased each other down

After that it was silent again
After that it was silent again

We passed a big herd of Mountain Goats
We passed a big herd of Mountain Goats

They are not really scared if you are slow
They are not really scared if you act slow

The boss complained
The boss complained

Hello stranger
Hello stranger

A few kilometres outside of Meran or Merano
A few kilometres outside of Meran or Merano

Brescia

We arrived a few minutes before the sunset. Got a nice big room at Villa Noce a few kilometers outside of Brescia.

Our room at Villa Noce
Our room at the Villa Noce

It comes with a mirror that is a bit to high if you want to sit at the chair
It comes with a mirror that is a bit to high if you want to sit at the chair

And a desk with a fridge, Tv, AC and a bathroom
And a desk with a fridge, Tv, AC and a bathroom

The Bathroom
The Bathroom

Nice sky - looks good for our walking tour of Brescia tomorow
Nice sky – looks good for our walking tour of Brescia tomorow

A weekend in Oberstdorf

February 26, 2017 at 12:52

Mountains – mountains in fall! Steiner called for a weekend in Oberstdorf to walk and talk and have some beers in the evening. The forecast was looking good so Friday noon we hit the Autobahn and went over the Alb to the Alps!

House at Haldenweg in Oberstdorf
Arrived in the early afternoon so we walked a bit. Traditional house at Haldenweg in Oberstdorf.

Jesus enjoying the fall sun on the way to Moorweiher
On the way to Moorweiher we passed Jesus – looks like he is enjoying the fall sun as well.

Scared duck on the Moorweiher
Scared duck – did not expect somebody that last in the afternoon.

Schattenberg at the back
Schattenberg at the back – fall colours in the front.

View from our hotel
View from our room at Gasthof Petra in Oberstdorf. We had a big room with a double bed and two single beds, a table with 2 chairs, shower and a balcony with table and chairs. The warm afternoon sun on the balcony is great to relax after your hike. There is a Wienerwald restaurant downstairs if you are lazy you do not have to go far for dinner. The breakfast was average but enough.

A Maß of Dampfbeer
A Maß of Dampfbeer with dinner at the last German brewery before Austria.

Fellhorn

The next morning we got up way to early. Steiner must get up at 6 in the morning or before. I have no clue why. So he makes a lot of noise and even watches the news on TV! I hate it to get up so early. The result: we where ready for breakfast 30 minutes before the hotel was ready with breakfast. Great work!
After breakfast we took the bus to the Fellhorn cable car. I would have loved it to walk up but Steiner was lazy so up we went with the cable car. Up at the top station it was still cloudy and not too many people at this time of the day.
The hill station is over 2000 metres and it was cold in the night. The earth was still frozen which made it hard and good to walk. When we had lunch we saw many people pass us – mud everywhere.

Top of the Hill
Top of the Hill – ready to walk.

Heavy clouds over the mountains on the German side
Heavy clouds over the mountains on the German side

Cloudy towards the south of Germany. You can see the path on the rim below
Cloudy towards the south of Germany. But there is a bit of blue in the far distance. You can see the path down towards Oberstdorf on the rim below.

Path on the rim with Austria on the left and Germany on the right.  The mountains of Germany in the back
Path on the rim with Austria on the left and Germany on the right. On some part of the path you can stand with one leg in Austria and one in Germany 🙂 The valley on the left is in Ausria with the mountains of Germany in the back.

View towards Germany - blue sky :-)
Finally blue sky – view over the German mountains. This is why I like to sleep longer – blue sky. I trade it with a bit of mud. That is why we have the hiking boots!! Well well….

I can see our picnic spot
I can see our picnic spot

Steiner
Steiner – very happy – because foooood!

Picnic
Nice spot – sun, mountains and food

Old trees

Freibergsee
Freibergsee

Loretto-Kapellen in Oberstdorf

The Loretto Kappellen are tree small chapels next to each other at the southern end of Oberstdorf. The oldest one is the Appachkapelle from 1493. It is a really small building so in 1657 construction of the second one begun. Following the fashion of the time they named it after the Italian city Loretto: St. Maria Loretto.

St. Maria Loretto
St. Maria Loretto

St. Maria Loretto Oberstdorf
They change the cloths of the Madonna a few times a year.

St. Maria Loretto
He invented the Boomerang! I bet you thought it is an Australian thing…

St. Maria Loretto
The guy on the left invented the “Big Stick” and the guy on the right? Go figure!

St. Maria Loretto
They worked for the Stick Boys

St. Maria Loretto
The round painting is from 1877 by Claudius Schraudolph dem Älteren. In 1926 the other pictures where added.

Josefkapelle Oberstdorf

Josefkapelle Oberstdorf
In 1671 they started to build the Josefkapelle.

Josefkapelle Oberstdorf

Jesus riding on his donkey made 1729 from Franz Xaver Schmädl.

After that it was only a few more minutes to our nice balcony to sit in the warm afternoon sun. After the sun goes down it gets cold quick at this time of the year.

The next day Dr. Schwarz and his son from Stuttgart joined us for a short hike up behind the big ski-jumping area.

The old man gang with a young guy
The old man gang with a young guy

Schanze Oberstdorf
And back down around the ski-jumbing area.

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Trip to Lago di Garda – Part 2 – Riva del Garda

February 22, 2017 at 04:44

Lago di Resia or Lake Reschen

After a good breakfast at Apart Pension Bergfrieden in Nauders we pointed the car south towards Riva del Garda and crossed the border to Italy.

The fourteenth century bell tower of the town is all you can see after the  dam construction
The fourteenth century bell tower of Graun is all you can see from the village after the dam construction.

The Swiss company Elektrowatt wanted to build a dam in Switzerland but the people of Splügen did not like it too much. So they voted against it. Why like this? Elektrowatt went to Italy! They paid 30 million Swiss francs to the Italian company Montecatini for constucting the dam (in exchange for 10 years of electricity). The people of Graun where not so successful and a few years later 163 homes where submerged.

Lago del Garda

Yes I know what you say – this is a big tourist trap – and you are right. But if you find a reasonable hotel and do skip the restaurants it is still very affordable and you can enjoy the lake and views of the mountains. Swimming in the lake is also free if you dare!
Booked at Hotel Canarino only a few steps from the Piazza Tre Novembre. They have a pool area, sauna and a salt grotto. Interesting! The room was nothing special but we had the view over the pool with mountains in the back. Big buffet style breakfast with lots of options to choose so we never went hungry down to the lake.

Pool area
View from the room – any questions? There is even a hot whirl pool down there.

The hotel
Well – the beds – but comfortable mattress, TV, desk, chairs and a fridge. Big enough bath room as well.

Confused? Ha Ha
Confused? Ha Ha – this does the trick!!

Piazza Tre Novembre
The hotel has a back door right into the small streets of Riva del Garda. Only a minute after you pass the door you are down at the Piazza Tre Novembre. The tower is all that is left from the first fortress of Riva. It is called the Torre Apponale and more than 800 years old.

View from the Piazza Tre Novembre
View from the Piazza Tre Novembre over the lake and mountains. The sky was a mix of blue and clouds but no rain.

Birra Moretti at the lake
A welcome to the lake Birra Moretti

Down at the water
Down at the water

The 3 Brothers
The 3 Brothers

War memorial
Another War memorial

At the Via Guiseppe Mazzini
At the Via Guiseppe Mazzini

At the Via Guiseppe Mazzini

Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

This 14th century church was originally a romanesque-gothic building that was rebuild 1728.

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta
The fresco in the dome is by Giuseppe Alberti.

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

Madonna dei Miracoli.jpg
Madonna dei Miracoli made by Antonio of Chiavica in 1488.

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta

Inside the Chiesa Parrocchiale di S. Maria Assunta
The High altar from Baroncini and Bombastoni from Rezzato, created 1748 to 1753. At the center the ciborium with the resurrected Christ. In the background you see the altarpiece. The “Assumption of Mary into Heaven” painted by Giuseppe Craffonara from Riva in 1830.

Back over the Alps

Blue sky and sunny – what a great day to drive back. Opted for a different road over the Penser Joch this time. After that down towards Salzburg in Austria and from there the easy way back to Stuttgart.

On the SS508 after Sarentino or Sarnthein
On the SS508 after Sarentino or Sarnthein – lots of nice farm houses and everything is so green.

At the SS508 after Minera
Still on the SS508 after Minera

After Rio Bianco or Weißenbach
After Rio Bianco or Weißenbach

View from Rio Bianco or Weißenbach
View from Rio Bianco or Weißenbach

Sacco or Sack

Before Laste
Before Laste

Before the Passo di Pennes or Penser Joch
Before the Passo di Pennes or Penser Joch

On the SS 508 after the Penser Joch
On the SS 508 after the Penser Joch

Vipiteno or Sterzing
Quick stop in Vipiteno or Sterzing

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