Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019

Sue and Martin in Mallorca 2019
On the Archduke's Path in Mallorca

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Summer in the Alps - 2005 - Friday 26 August - Innsbruck Again

Friday 26 August - Innsbruck (by Sue) 

A very hazy morning at Camping Dolomiti saw us packing up for good, and by 9 am we were on the road, with Ken and Helen, to Innsbruck. High cloud built quickly and obscured views as we traveled north, in slow traffic, to the motorway. Stops for petrol and a coffee / cake break in the cafe with a conservatory that we'd visited previously. 

Successfully crossed the Brenner pass and booked a hotel in Hottinger Gasse using an information centre on the outskirts of the city. By 12:30 we were installed in our room for 4, finding places to dry the tent outers, and making lunch. 

Whilst Martin and I found a park (with a resident drunk that forced me to move benches) to dry the tent inners, Ken and Helen strolled around the old town. We met at 3 pm under the golden roof, and had tea outside a small cafe.

We visited the Dom St Jakob with its painted ceilings, extensive stucco, and gold leaf on the organ and altar. Ornate bronze columns, with vines and birds, held up more bronzes above. 

Then we climbed up the 148 steps of the old tower to see Innsbruck from above - green and red roofs and domes, the ski jump and the mountains, cloud hanging, obscuring the tops.

We waited for Andrew to arrive, after his train journey from Chur to Innsbruck (via Munich due to the storms washing out the railway line), over a beer under an umbrella. Enjoyed a nice dinner (three of us had venison, potato croquettes, red cabbage, apple and redcurrant jelly - yum), then headed back to the Hotel Tautermann for showers and packing ready for an early start. I finished 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' - a good read.

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