10.09.2016 - 12.09.2016 25 °C
After a stroll around the Saturday market in Tettnang (another sunny day) we drove the short distance into Friedrichshafen, to visit the Zeppelin museum. Wow, those things must have been amazing to see, 240m long and trying to imagine travelling across the Atlantic, a two day trip, with your own stateroom! It was incredible to think that the Zeppelin development was happening alongside the automobile and planes – a great period of invention.
As we travelled down the lake heading towards Austria we saw a zeppelin in the sky (very large even from a distance). Spectacular to see. Another turn of the valley revealed a large flock of crows – until I realised the perspective was wrong and that we were looking at paraponters! There must have been over a hundred in the air – they must have really had to have their eyes on.
So, into Austria to visit the ski resort of Sankt Anton am Arlberg. The drive through the mountains was amazing – up these twisting roads with incredible ‘galleries’ to protect the road from avalanche in the winter months and over incredibly engineered pieces of road/viaduct/bridging. As it was Saturday and a lovely day, there were a huge number of motorbikes and soft top sports cars on the road. Everyone out enjoying themselves. The cows weren’t interested in sharing their road with anyone else either and that made for some interesting motoring.
What do ski resorts do in the summer???? Apart from mountain biking and hiking????? Would you believe an attempt at the world’s longest line dance! What a laugh, 1600 line dancers, all from Germany. It is said that line dancing was inverted by women……… waiting “in line” for the loo. Good to have a good look around the town, the accommodation set up and the ski lifts and trails for possible ski holiday in the future.
Very loud thunder storm around 7pm, and boy did it rain – big fat drops and lots of them. Made for a very wet dash to the car to get to our lodgings. The storm was not surprising really, considering it had been so hot during the day.
Our next stop was Innsbruck, which was around a 2 hour drive – even on the small roads with a couple of interesting diversions for road works. Another stellar day – even more motor bides and cyclists out today! We spotted a ski jump site in a little village – from 1991-2001 era. Pretty crazy to see it sitting in amongst the trees in the middle of nowhere. Those ski jumpers must be crazy.
We got into Innsbruck just on 2pm, so parked the car at the hotel and headed into the old town for a wander around with the rest of the tourists. The river was in full flood (downstream of yesterday’s thunderstorm) and was pretty impressive. Found our way around the old town, gold roofed house, palace, university, gardens, funicular etc. and then best place for a biere! Loved the way the old buildings appear to be holding each other up. Another thunderstorm later in the afternoon cleared the streets of tourists, and we headed back to the hotel for a rest before returning for rosti for dinner – with seasonal fungi for JT, and chicken breast for me. It was the first time we’d spotted it on the menus and we enjoyed the experience.
Next morning we headed off for Italy. White-roads again, and Josephine, our navigation system didn’t even need prompting to use the small roads today! But first we stopped at another Olympic ski jump site on the ‘hills’ behind Innsbruck. Even larger than the one the previous day. Makes “Eddie the Eagle’s” feat even more impressive.
Fabulous drive up into the Dolomites. Dodging motorbikes, buses, and road cyclists (MTB seem to be well off road) as well as cars and trucks on the really narrow roads. Only had the wing mirror knocked back once thankfully and no damage – glass popped out and dangled by the wires, but JT managed to press it back in place. Came down Passo Pordoi and identified the infamous slope where I fell, back in February. And it really doesn’t look anything at all – even in autumn. Couple of kms further on and we had arrived in Arabba. There’s a lot more greenery around this time, and a couple of new lifts being built – pretty impressive construction. Walking expedition is planned for tomorrow.
Impressions: motorbikes, apple orchards, people wearing national costumes, mountains