Breakfast was excellent; the hotel does not only offer a wide range of cereals, nuts, fresh fruit, dairy products, breakfast meats and sausages, cheeses and various breads and rolls, but also has its own egg cook who takes your order at the counter and cooks eggs to your specification right there in front of you. The coffee was also very nice. Everything served there is organic, by the way.
We put on our hiking clothes and left the hotel on foot, leaving the car to rest in the car park after yesterday's exhausting drive.
From Gargazzone/Gargazon to Postal/Burgstall is only about 3 km, but to reach the starting point of our tour, we had to find the church first. It was easy enough, though - no need for a satnav or map!
|View from our hotel at 9:00 in the morning|
|On the road between Gargazon and Burgstall. This is a living, working area, not just there for hiking tourists - but as soon as you leave the bottom of the valley with its endless rows of apple trees, you are in the middle of beautiful nature.|
Starting behind the church and an abandoned school house (intriguing!!), the path lead steadily up until we reached another path leading along the top, further away from "our" village, past farm houses also serving food and drink, until we stopped for a break (and a shandy) at a marvellously quiet and sunny place.
More great views across the valley of the river Etsch and across to the snow-covered mountains followed.
|Old olive trees in front of the deanery|
When we arrived back at our hotel late in the afternoon, we took advantage of the cold water Kneipp pool to cool off our feet - so refreshing! There was just enough time for a shower and to change into fresh clothes before another wonderful dinner was being served.
|Ten hours later than the first picture of this post|
|Beetroot carpaccio with goat cheese, herbs, flowers and crispy bread|