It did not look very promising weather-wise, and so we booked a massage each and spent the entire day at the hotel, making full use of the beautiful spa area with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two saunas (one hot and the other one REALLY hot), a steam bath and more. Surprisingly enough, not many other guests had the same idea, so we had almost completely free range of everything.
Coffee and cake in the afternoon were welcome, as was another lovely dinner later.
On Thursday, the 9th of May, we were going to make up for all that laziness!
A dramatic display of clouds greeted us first thing in the morning, but no rain was forecast, and so we drove a short way northwards from our village to the starting point of another tour we'd found in our guide book.
Please bear with me - this post is chock full of pictures of mountains and views from mountains into valleys and towards more mountains. Somewhat boring and repetitive if you have not been there yourself, so I apologise for that. We simply could not get enough of it all!
|Sometimes the path was like this...|
|...and sometimes like this.|
|Zoomed onto Castle Tyrol (Schloss Tirol / Castello Tirolo), the place that gave the whole region its name.|
|Finally at the highest point of today's tour!|
|It was all downhill from here.|
|This one is for Kay - you know why, don't you?|
The way back down was just as strenuous, as the paths were sometimes rather steep and rocky, with just mossy rocks or a tree to hold on to. Good job it wasn't wet underfoot!
It was not all that late by the time we reached the car again, but too late to make it to the cake buffet at our hotel, and so we drove into the city of Meran/Merano to have a closer look around there, as you will see in my next post.