Martin in Gatineau Park

Martin in Gatineau Park

Friday, 20 July 2012

E5 in reverse - On Holiday in Sölden (Day 1)

A rest day.

Sue is pictured outside our hotel before we went into 'town', and the second picture was taken from our balcony when we got back a couple of hours later, looking up the valley towards Zwieselstein and Obergurgl.

What was the most interesting thing we did today? We visited a bank. The ATM worked first time after another bank had failed to accept my Visa card. As we were leaving we noticed an inner sanctum, devoted to an exhibition about the Ötztal people, the development of tourism in the area, and studies on the recession of a nearby glacier which are some of the most thorough ever undertaken. These days they are trying to combat the recession using snow making machines, shovelling snow from nearby rocks, and even by covering the glacier with a sort of carpet. They haven't implemented a solar powered refrigeration system - yet!

We woke to cloud cover, down to around 2000 metres. It slowly cleared and the sun appeared for a few hours. Rain forecast to start at noon came and went with a whimper just as Cavendish was showing off in the Tour de France somewhere else in the Alps.

Comments:

Nick - thanks for that bit of education on the equality of 'oe = ö'.

Jules - there's loads to do around here, of all different sorts. There's a Dutch lad staying in our hotel for a week, doing day walks - there are many to choose from.

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1 comment:

afootinthehills said...

You are having a great trip - surprise, surprise! It's a beautiful area Martin although I've only seen it in winter on a skiing holiday in Obergurgl. I'll be following the rest of your route during breaks from cutting hedges!