A few Days in Italy in Fall 2017 – Part 10 – Florence 6

The last afternoon in Florence for this trip. We continue where the last Blog Post ended and keep walking over the bridge to look a bit on the other side of the river.

At the end of Piazzale degli Uffizi
At the end of Piazzale degli Uffizi

Benvenuto Cellini's bust
Florentine sculptor and master goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini. It stands on top of a fountain at the famous Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Santa Trinita
Ponte Santa Trinita

Nice details
Nice details

At the Borgo San Iacopo
At the Borgo San Iacopo

Door Bells
Door Bells

Lots of angels round that guy
Lots of angels round that guy

Street Art
Street Art

More Street Art
More Street Art

More lions - big ones!
More lions – big ones!

Over here not too much activity
Over here not too much activity

Enjoy your sports
Enjoy your sports

Ponte Santa Trinita
Ponte Santa Trinita

Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

The church was build – like many others – on the site of an older church. Construction started in 1680. The dome and bell tower was added in 1689.

Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

Maria in the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
Maria in the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

Inside the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
Inside the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

The dome of the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello
The dome of the Chiesa di San Frediano in Cestello

Another one
Another one

Quite impressive
Quite impressive

The main dome
The main dome

With the bird all the way up
With the bird all the way up

The blue Maria
The blue Maria

Why do they BBQ this guy?
Why do they BBQ this guy?

You know who she loves!
You know who she loves!

Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito at the Piazza Santo Spirito
Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito at the Piazza Santo Spirito

Tower of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito
Tower of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Santo Spirito

Street Art
Street Art

More Street Art
More Street Art

Even more Street Art
Even more Street Art

She can dive!
She can dive!

And he loves her!
And he loves her!

Time to enjoy the Sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo

The Gate of Saint Nicholas
The Gate of Saint Nicholas that we passed today on the way up

He still wonders
He still wonders

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo
View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

The second day our sundowner was a Birra MorettiThe second day our sundowner was a Birra Moretti

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

Loook at the view
Loook at the view

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

View from the Piazzale Michelangelo

One night in Austria

View from the breakfast room
View from the breakfast room

On the way back we stayed at Weberhof in Trins. Nice room with a table and chairs and a great view.

View from the hotel in Trins in the morning
View from the hotel in Trins in the morning

Snow mountains - The Alps!
Snow mountains – The Alps!

Location Location Location - Sun in the morning or evening?
Location Location Location – Sun in the morning or evening?

This guy is not a happy camper
This guy is not a happy camper

Nice mountains
Nice mountains

Abandoned house
Abandoned house

More of those
More of those

And more
And more

On the way out of Trins - looking back
On the way out of Trins – looking back

Castle Fernstein
Castle Fernstein

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Trip to Lago di Garda – Part 1 – Memmingen to Nauders

Coming back from Heidelberg I was still not motivated to start working. A few days more – only a few please. So I asked my boss and he was not really happy but in the end he said: Yes. Great! (It really does help when you are your own boss!)
Heike was never at the Lago di Garda so it was time to show her a bit of it. Some people have to work so we could not start before noon. And if you want to go down to the lake before nightfall you can only drive the highway. I like the smaller roads more – you see more and you can stop and enjoy the view more often. And spearing the Alps in the tunnel is no fun as well. You should take the pass to cross them. So the first stop was Memmingen for lunch.

Memmingen

A quick stop for a snack and a beer before the mountains begin. Blue sky and no cloud. Perfect for a stroll of the city center.
St. Martin Memmingen
The tower of St. Martin church in Memmingen. It is the highest building in the town with 65 metres. The church is over 1300 years old – that makes it one of the oldest in Upper Swabia.

Market square Memmingen
The market square

Memminger Ach
The Ach

Church of the Kreuzherrenkloster
Church of the Kreuzherrenkloster

municipality Memmingen
Town Municipality

Memmingen

Hexenturm Memmingen
The “Witch Tower” an old tower of the city fortification. It was used as prison as well.

Hexenturm Memmingen

Zugspitze

Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany and the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains. Took this pictures from the Austrian side.

Zugspitze
Zugspitze

Zugspitze

Zugspitze

Zugspitze

Nauders – Austria

Driving in the night is boring and you miss all the nice landscape. So we stopped in Nauders before the sun went down.

Our hotel: Apart Pension Bergfrieden – comes with a good breakfast, 2 bed rooms, kitchen, bathroom and toilet. A bit too much for two people but still good value for the money.

Castle Nauders

And we could see the sun go down from the kitchen window with a cold sun downer beer. Very nice! Later we had some steamed vegetables and nice Spanish red. A relaxed evening and good nights rest on the new mattress.

Kitchen
Lots of wood in that kitchen – Austrian mountain style

Kitchen
There was even a dish washer, fridge and micro wave in that kitchen. Plus all the tools you might need to fix a meal.

Sleeping Room
Had booked another apartment but the bed was not open at the end. They gave us another one with a new bed that was longer and open. Great! The owner said she did replace 3 beds already because the guest getting longer. 🙂

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A long weekend in Nauders

What better to end the European travel season than a trip to the mountains? We went to Nauders in Austria. There is a little hut from the Deutscher Alpenverein which you can rent. It sleeps about 12 people but we like to go with 3 or 4 only. Enough to enjoy the place. There is a wood fired cooking oven that does also heat the house. And only about 15 minutes to walk from the car park. It is kind of remote so almost nobody will disturb you up here.

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
The cabin high over Nauders in the mountains. There is a table in front of it so one can enjoy the sun and the warm wood to rest your back. Nice place for a glass of wine or a cold brew after a day of trekking.

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
The view from the balcony in the morning sun. The yellow is so bright – the trees should be yellow all year-long.

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Evening view from the balcony

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
View to the right from the balcony

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Heike and Martin

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Just hanging around

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Tired of hanging around

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Another morning – looks like Kaiserwetter like the locals would call it. Blue sky and sunshine 🙂

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
The yellow and green together with snow and blue sky – unreal!

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Enjoy the sun while hanging around

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Almost above the clouds. What a day!

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
How much longer?

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Back to the house for some R&R

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
In that case rest & red wine!

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Last day in the mountains

Nauders Austria Fall 2015
Across from the car park – guess we will be back!

 
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