Monthly Archives: March 2014

Bad Kreuznach and Good Company

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Sunday, and a slow start, what with the time change. But another day to take a stroll, this time a little shorter than perhaps planned, but it was a good sunny day, so a stroll was probably a better idea than a hike, and by the time we’d found a beer garden within the first couple of miles, well that… Read more »

The Rhine

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Saturday was hiking day. Sebastian and Nadine had arranged a route, but first we needed to drive north from the campsite, alongside the Rhine, across on a ferry to the west bank, and then along a little further to Loreley. A site of ancient legend (I think), and an impressive view point across the river known as Dragon Rock. Our… Read more »

The Black Forest and the Schwarzwald Hockstrasse

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After a days cycling around Lake Constance, we decided it prudent to move on and into the Black Forest. I’d been remise in checking my Facebook messages and not realised the Sebastian had replied, confirming that he and Nadine would be joining us along the Rhine for a weekend of hiking. That left us with a few miles to cover,… Read more »

Lake Constance (or Bodensee if you prefer)

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After the fun of skiing, it was time to leave the mountains, and what better contrast than the edge of a rather large lake. After arriving late in the day, Thursday was spent cycling around the north east corner of the lake starting from Meersburg, going anti-clockwise to until reaching the northern half of Constance, then crossing the lake back… Read more »

Skiing St. Anton Style

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Finally the clouds parted, the sun shone, and the snow delivered a lovely afternoon of winter sports fun. I wouldn’t say St. Anton provides the best skiing in the world, but it was certainly good enough for an afternoon of piste bashing. The lower slopes, even with the fresh dusting are now trashed. I got caught out on a black… Read more »

A Winter Wonderland

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It snowed continuously for 36 hours, but the reward was one of the prettiest views we’ve ever had out the bedroom window. Not a huge amount of snow overall, maybe 3-4 inches in the valley, but it looks like it’s topped up the slopes nicely, so will need to go and investigate. Some pictures of those stakes I mentioned, up… Read more »

St. Anton

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After dropping Sarah and Angus off at the airport in Innsbruck, we headed west along the valley towards Switzerland. We’ve found a campsite a couple of miles from St. Anton. We need to sit out a couple of days of bad weather which hopefully should top up the snow. We’ll then be able to get the ski bus into town… Read more »

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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For our last day on the slopes with Sarah and Angus, we headed across the border to Germany. Garmisch is much higher than Seefeld, so we hoped for better snow. Not bad on the whole, at least there were less bald patches to avoid, but the snow is very slushy or icy lumps, depending on the amount of sun it… Read more »

Seefeld in Tyrol

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Finally into the mountains and finding some snow. There isn’t much of the white stuff about, the locals say that they haven’t had too much this year, but there is still enough to ski on some slopes. The resorts in Seefeld are nowhere near as extensive as we are used to in the French Alps, but adequate, and anyway, its… Read more »

Innsbruck

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In the hills above Innsbruck at a small lake called Natterersee. There is a small plateau perched on the southern side of the city, which is wedged into the valley below. The mountains to the north rise dramatically, and the flights to and from the airport slim the roof tops of the city. Up here in the plateau it’s idyllic…. Read more »