Shifting Gears – heading back from the Weddingmoon Extravaganza

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My explorations in Austria have been just wonderful. I can’t speak highly enough of the lovely places I’ve been to. I am so thankful to Anu & Marc for bringing me along. And for all the friends I’ve made – especially travel buddy extraordinaire Christopher Avery. Here he is in the Hotel Adler the morning after the epic party at the hunting lodge…

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The picture does not do justice to the fine craftmanship of the lodging. I was really impressed by the window assemblies, the built-in furnishings, the bathroom especially. Excellently appointed hotel. That link again: Hotel-Gasthaus Adler, Schoppernau. I’ll be back! [note – I have feedback this site is not totally working…the folks there must be distracted by the new ski season! Take my word for it – the best accommodations in the mountains of Vorarlberg!]

Great times indeed.

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This blog is about some of the episodes on the way out, heading back to the States. Let’s start with the descent from Diedamskopf to Schoppernau and onward…

 

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[After the loving the hay [see elsewhere], and after the hike of Diedamskopf, I was soon departed, leaving Vorarlberg:

 

 

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Somehow I managed to make the move and leave my lovely experience. Here are some pics from the way from Feldkirch to Zurich.

I had pretty good train karma in the germanic realm. Is it the mountain spirit?

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After the Rhine valley, I would go through the narrow pass that is the Walensee – a very cool lake.

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Somehow, on the train, getting into Zurich, I managed to catch this shot:

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Hard to believe, but it has a little of everything – a very green city. People at a swimming pavilion on a river. A paddle-boarder! A building crane! Makes me happy to see such a city. Loved taking a train to get there. Was a really wonderful modern train.

It is hard to believe just prior to that was “Morning in Feldkirch,” where I walked with Chris to the Banhoff, and actually surprisingly found one of our Austrian friends. Not too surprising since it is the only place in town with a cafe open on Sunday morning. Was a great send-off of sorts. Can’t wait to go back!

Here are the pics that morning.

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