We had a cold light lunch, including about half of the cheese we had made the day before, said good-bye to O.K.'s parents, put our luggage in the car, got the cottage ready for our absence, and at almost precisely 2:00 pm started on the drive to Austria.
The distance from Hofweier to Bizau is given at 253 km, and the satnav estimated it would take us 3 hours 40 minutes. We had a good drive with a quick coffee break and a short hold-up because of roadworks, and arrived at the hotel just before 5:45 pm. You can click here for the hotel's website (in English - although not everything has been translated; it should still give you a good impression of what it was like).
Bizau is a village in the Bregenzerwald, a region of Austria that (as the name "Wald" suggests) is rich in woodland, mountains and mostly small towns and villages, often showing the typical wooden houses of the area, old and new.
The wikipedia entry about the area is here, giving you a good overview and an idea of what you may get to see over the next weeks (I estimate it will take me at least three weeks to post about our ten days there, what with work and so on).
We unpacked and then had an excellent dinner in the garden under large horse chestnut trees - it was still warm at 27 C/80 F.
A first quick stroll around the village followed, to familiarise ourselves with our surroundings. Sunset came soon, and we were still tired from the lack of sleep between Friday and Saturday, and so it was an early night for us.
Here are the first few pictures we took on that day:
|Bizau church, separated from our hotel only by the hotel's garden and parking lot.|
|This yellow armchair in the lounge was my main reason for wanting to go there! :-D|
|Kanisfluh, as seen from near the hotel (we had the same view from our balcony)|
|Bizau church again, upon returning to the hotel|
By the way, this was not our first stay in the area. Back in 2016, O.K. spent a week in another village nearby, and I joined him for the weekend. I posted about it in September 2016, starting here.