Off to the farmlands of Austria. Really enjoyed getting out of the city
🎶The Hills Are Alive🎶 the Sound Of Music was mostly filmed in Salzburg. Our drive today goes through the hills where a lot of the movie was shot. About 6.5 million tourists arrive in Salzburg, Austria, every year, with hundreds of thousands of them looking to retrace the story of “The Sound of Music.” Fans come to re-enact their favorite scenes, but one setting is off-limits to outsiders: the meadow from the film’s opening. We drive by it, but all the hills are beautiful and could've been in the scenes
Beautiful countryside. These goats are 2 days old. See his dried up umbilical cord!
Wednesday September 28
Leaving Salzburg for the Alps and Dolomites. It's beautiful again so we can go over the Grossglockner pass. Yeah! This High Alpine Road, also the highest surfaced mountain pass road in Austria, is one of the most scenic drives you can find in Europe.
There is no way to show you the beauty we saw today. Pictures do not do it justice. A lot were taken from the bus. The greenest green valleys spotted with alpine homes and farms all with their flower boxes on the front. Cattle spotted on the hillside. Occasional sheep herds. The background is magestic mountains sometimes with snow on top. We are so high we can see entire villages always with one church steeple at in the center. A storybook day!
For lunch we stopped at a 400 year old farm that now grows all kind of fruit. And with that fruit they make schnapps! We had lunch, tour of farm and then a schnapps tasting. Schnapps, a German word, "is the generic term for all white (clear) brandies distilled from fermented fruits. True Schnapps has no sugar added and is definitely an aquired taste!
After lunch we headed to our home for the next two nights. Cortina, Italy in the heart of the Dolomites. An area of the Alps known for jagged mountain peaks. Really unbelievable beauty.
Our hotel is elegant. The smell inside is tantalizing. Hard to describe. Greeted with a drink and refreshments
Thursday September 29
Today we drove up into the mountains to a WW1 fort, which has been turned into a museum created by one man's passion. It was really unbelievable what he did and collected alone. The collection was truly amazing. The most I've ever seen in any museum. His passion came from family being in World War 1
We then picked up 3 jeeps that took us high into the hills to an alpine hut where we were fed a delicious lunch. After lunch we were entertained by a mountain climber who has climbed Everest!!!!!!! How neat was that. We even shook his hand. Another type of passion! What drives men to risk their lives to climb mountains.
Free afternoon to explore Cortina, Italy. We walked down the hill to town, nice workout.
First "comfort stop" included cappuccino and Apple Strudel
Just about the entire autobahn was a bridge beside the mountain. Amazing to see.
Stopped at Bolzano, Italy. Saw the ice man mummy. It's really interesting check it out here http://iceman.it/en/the-iceman/
Lunch sidewalk cafe
Typical water no plastic here in Europe
For an hour we drove through an area laden with Apple groves all over the hillsides. A huge production of apples.
South Tyrol is home to more than 7,000 family farms. The average size of an apple farm is between 6 and 7.5 acres. The total average apple harvest is one million tons. The South Tyrol region produces 12 percent of the total apple crop in the European Union and 25 percent of the EU’s organic apples.
On way to Damos, Switzerland, to save a couple of hours, Our bus loaded a train to travel 12 miles through a mountain. Kinda like a ferry, Our bus drove onto the train into a rail car with about 6 inches on each side AMAZING
Saturday October 1
Good Morning Davos!!!!
Back to town then had afternoon to explore Davos
Sunday October 21
4 Countries today!
Switzerland 🇨🇭 , Lichtenstein 🇱🇮, Austria 🇦🇹 and Germany 🇩🇪 today!!
First Stop Lichtenstein Lichtenstein 4th smallest country 62 square miles, 37,000 population. Very expensive 4x cost of goods as Italy. High Salaries and Low Taxes. So if you are lucky you can work here and live across the border.
Prince and his family lives in the castle above city. The Parliament is below the castle. There are elected members of parliament. They make and change laws but the prince can refuse to sign them. We are sitting around the parliament table! The building and grounds are made out of these tan bricks, everything the walls, steps and ceiling are made of the bricks over a million of them!
Had wine tasting in the museum beside the Parliament, of the Kings Wine. Nice Lunch in a cafe in town, it's Sunday so most of stores were closed.
Tonight's Hotel in Bad Wörishofen, Germany. Bad means Spa or Bath. It's a health resort. Very Plush! 4 different pools and spas.
Bad Wörishofen is a spa town in the district Unterallgäu, Bavaria, Germany, known for the water-cure (hydrotherapy) developed by Sebastian Kneipp (* 1821, † 1897), a Catholic priest, who lived there for 42 years. Many of the resort hotels and boarding-houses in Bad Wörishofen offer their guests treatment using Kneipp's methods. Steigenberger Hotel Der Sonnenhof http://www.spahotel-sonnenhof.de/
The countryside here is so pretty
Neuschwanstein Castle "New Swanstone Castle" is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape and serves as the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Only 13 of the planned 200 rooms were finished.
14 days, 4 countries, wonderful hotels, strange new food, new friends, splendid weather, amazing scenery was the perfect recipe for a wonderful trip.