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Literally. The past few weekends all the cows and goats are being brought down from the high pastures where they have been grazing for the summer. It's a pretty big deal in the villages - called Almabtried - and the usually Saturday market is ramped up to include traditional music, crafts, and an extra selection of beer, schnapps, sausage, cheese and bread (can you hear my gut gurgle!). The best thing is how the cows are celebrated - totally decked out with elaborate flowers, ...
... in some routes, like the Paternkofel (a peak near Toblach in the Dolomites), you even use them to ascend to the summit. These are called Klettersteigen, or fixed "climbing-routes". In the ascent of the Paternkofel, you climb through a tunnel used in WWI for almost half of the ascent.
The Dolomitic and Tiroler regions, while in Northern Italy, are split almost 50/50 between German and Italian speakers. The area ...
... was also an old hut that the workers that built the road had lived in and a memorial to those that had died during the construction. The tunnel at the top had icicles in it from water that had been dripping. At 5.00 pm it was 1.5C.
We stayed the night just at the bottom of the road in a car park as it was starting to get dark.
We spent the day looking around the little town. Had a lovely morning tea at Kostner cafe tasting a few different cakes. Then it was up the Ahorn mountain to see & play in the snow. The snow was so fluffy & soft. George decided to go for a slide on his **** into the snow. Lucky he thought about the cameras he was holding. We laughed so much, other people laughed as ...
... get to the upper cableway
station a massive cloud arrives and every bit of view has gone and we are
submerged in a total cloud of mist.
walked around on the ledges and explored this massive mountain and just waited
for it to clear and sure enough after about a hour it sure did.
the sun now shining in every angle the views from up here were just simply out
of this world. Never in my life have I ever had such great views as I had ...