As mentioned on my previous post, I am now going to show you the pictures I took during our walk on New Year's Day.
We drove a short distance to one of the lakes. Our friends, who spend a lot of time in this region, told us how during the summer it is impossible to find a space for the car on the big parking lot, and equally difficult to find a spot near the lake where to spread a blanket and enjoy the sun and maybe a picnic, for the crowds of people.
That day, there were some cars and small groups of people walking, but of course there was nobody on or in the water except for the ducks and other waterfowl you'd expect to see in this kind of enviroment.
Many becks and rivulets come down from the surrounding mountains and feed the lakes:
That's Hector, one of the best behaved dogs I've ever met, and that's not because he's been brutally disciplined. His people are very kind gentlemen who take their responsibility as dog owners seriously.
Wide open spaces!
A beekeeper's hut. Of course, no bees were out in this weather.
More wide open spaces, and some mountain views:
Getting closer to the lake:
To walk back, we took a slightly different route, closer to the woods. We came through a tiny village with old farm houses, a small chapel and a friendly cat:
Another cat, but this one was not interested in talking to strangers:
Back along the woods:
A last view of the the valley, before we took our muddy walking shoes back to the car and started the 2 1/2 hour drive home.
It was a great way to start into 2016 - lots of fresh (really fresh!) air, beautiful landscape, and friends.