Back to the Alps

Trip Start Apr 27, 2006
Trip End Jun 24, 2006

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Friday, June 16, 2006

Oh mountainous beauty, oh fresh air! How great it was to be back in Central Europe. Austria looks similar to southern Germany and Switzerland (all mountain and greenery), but I love it. The town of Innsbruck lies in the narrow part of Austria, surrounded by Alps - it was a most majestic sight.

Opportunity presented itself to go on a guided mountain hike; so, not being one to miss a freebie, off I went. We hiked to one of the peaks (Viggarspitze), and although the going was fairly tough for the last half an hour or so, it was at a fairly relaxed pace and easy to enjoy the fantastic views. Interestingly every peak around and a Christian crucifix atop it. I had a lovely chat with the guide - apparently they have been having problem with a rogue bear who illegally immigrated from (probably) Italy. These bears eh, no consideration for borders.
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