Muttering and Nattering

Trip Start Mar 31, 2010
Trip End May 08, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Sunday morning lie in, after I switch off the phone alarm that was set for 06:30. (schoolboy error). The sun is shining; it looks like it's going to be another hot day. After another good breakfast we set off to the station for a tram into the surrounding mountains. The tram turns into a train as we leave the city. Weaving its way up the mountain we get spectacular views of the city and the mountains beyond. We decide to carry on past our planned stop as we see panoramic views at every turn. As we pull into a station I see a way marked path and we get off. It appears that the station has been built for the nearby farm as there are pastures and forests as far as the eye can see. The footpath goes in two directions one up hill, the other down. The places on the signpost are not marked on our tourist map. We take the downhill path. We haven’t made the same mistake as yesterday getting off the bus to early and having to walk uphill to our destination. After 30 minutes walking through the forest over streams and under a railway viaduct we reach Mutters a very pretty village full of hotels, restaurants and cafes. The only problem is they are all closed. This started the muttering as we both need the loo. Checking the map there is another village not far away, so we set off with purpose. Entering Natters another pretty Tyrolean village we start searching, things don’t look good everything is closed. The station isn’t far away so we head that way turning a corner we spot an oasis, a cafe with tables with parasols outside and it’s open. We order beer, spritzer and poppy cake and shelter from the sun under the cafe awning. I’d like to natter but Shelagh is examining the back of the eyelids. Having used the facilities we are refreshed ready to head for base camp 3, but the sun is to hot and we divert to the station. Shelagh sees the train coming slowly around one of the big curves and we start running, we make it easily. This is serious training for the POLympics. Alighting at the station we keep tight hold of our bags as we go to purchase tomorrows train tickets to Salzburg. Then we head back to the hotel to change into something more summery. Back out we go to the park, Shelagh comment on how dry the plant and they could do with some (it’s like a kiss of death). As we get to the restaurant for an al fresco dinner there is a rumble of thunder and we quickly move inside by the time we come out it is peeing down. Heading back I say that if there is a thunder storm it should be quite spectacular from the 14th floor. Shelagh replies that if we do have a thunder storm she’ll be sleeping in the hotel reception.

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