Slovenia; Day 5 – Julian Alps

Julian Alps

Today we went on another trip around the Julian Alps. The weather was loads better and the views were great.

Julian Alps

Given that we were getting up earlist anyway, I made the effort to get up a little bit earlier for sunrise and go down to the lake.

At the Pier

I had hoped for a sunrise, but mist will have to do! There was no one else around so it was very peaceful.

Lake Bohinj

I got my flip flops and went it – the lake was warmer than I expected so it was actually quite pleasant.

Misty Mornings

After I went back somewhat soggy to the hotel, got changed and we went to breakfast.

Julian Alps
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Slovenia; Day 2 – Vogel

Lake Bohinj

On day 2 we stopped around the lake, and went up the cable car. We had a free pass to go on the boat around the lake all week, so instead of walking we went on the boat. There was a man on the boat who gave us some Lake Bohinj info as we cruised along to the other side of the lake. Once we were across it we walked through the camp site and up to the Vogel cable car.

Lake Bohinj

The weather looked pretty nice, and we decided to hike up to the top of the mountain and see the views.

Vogel, Lake Bohinj

As well as getting you up the main chunk of the mountain, the cable car also included the use of the ski lift – the kind where you have to sit on it whilst it is moving and pull the bar down. kB is scared of heights so he was nervous, but we both enjoyed being on it and looked forward to going back down on it as well.

Vogel, Lake Bohinj
Vogel, Lake Bohinj

When we got to the top the views were pretty sweet, but we could see some rather dark clouds in the distance and the weather forecast had predicted rain so we didn’t hang around for too long at the top.

Vogel, Lake Bohinj

As we walked down towards the ski lift there was a massive thunderstorm over the mountains but I didn’t manage to get a shot of lightening in a photo 😦

Vogel, Lake Bohinj

Just as we got back to the ski lift the heavens opened so they closed the ski lift down for a bit, and we decided to go into the cabin next to it to get some lunch. I had a soup with sausage and sauerkraut in it, and a raspberry schnapps. Unfortunately the rain kept up so the ski lift never reopened and we had to hike down to the cable car station in the rain.

We just about made it to the cable car and luckily, even though I had somehow lost my ticket, the man operating it left us jump on last minute so we managed to make it down to the boat for a return trip – rather than hiking back to the hotel in the rain.

Lake District; Day 2 – Old Man of Coniston

Despite the rather miserable weather forecast we decided to head out anyway. If we didn’t go out we would only end up sat in a house watching TV and that seems a bit pointless to pay to do so. With raincoats on, off we went into the drizzle.

Walking Old Man of Coniston

Walking Old Man of Coniston

By the time we had gotten to the start of the walk, the weather had cleared up and in places there was even some blue sky. At one point we could actually see Coniston lake, something we hadn’t seen all morning.

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Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston

When we made it to the top it was so cloudy that we couldn’t see anything. Then we made a mistake, which was to try and get down using another route. In hindsight we should have just gone down the way we came, but we didn’t know that the cloud was hanging a lot lower on the other side.

Old Man of Coniston

It took an age to find the start of the side path down, and we were getting a bit grumpy by this point. I could hear rushing water and I suspect had the cloud not been so thick we would have seen some nice waterfall action. As it was we just had to be careful on the slipper stones as we made our way down.

Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston
Old Man of Coniston

After what felt like an age we made it onto a path and we could have kissed the ground we were so happy. What should have been a nice afternoon 3 hour hike had turned into a 6 hour mission, but at least the end was near – and we limped back to the apartment.

We made it out for pizza for tea. Had an early night then went home the next day because it was raining again!

Austria; Day 6 – Inneralpach and Sunset

Sunset, Austria

The weather forecast said it was going to be nice and sunny. The weather forecast lied. We hired a ebike and set off for Inneralpbach, in the drizzle.

Inneralpbach, Austria

It alternated between rain, drizzle and brief periods of no wet drops coming from the sky. It took us about 2 hours to cycle up the mountain; well as far as we could really get before it got too snowy.

Inneralpbach, Austria

The ebikes really did make it easier, but I’m not much of fan of cycling really. Maybe I need some padded shorts or something to make the experience more enjoyable!

Inneralpbach, Austria
Inneralpbach, Austria

We got back to the hotel in time for afternoon snacks, then had a big nap. When we woke up the skies had cleared and the promised sun had come out. So I went out to grab some sunset shots.

Sunset, Austria
Sunset, Austria

Austria; Day 3 and 4 – Rain!

Alpbach, Austria

We woke up to a bit of rain on the morning of day 3. kB decided that he was going to go to the gym, I decided to go out in the rain for a little walk around Alpbach.

Alpbach, Austria

I walked down to the river, through the woodlands and looped back around to the hotel. I stopped off behind the hotel and took some more shots there as well.

Alpbach, Austria

The thing I am enjoying the most (Other than the views) is how quiet it is!

Alpbach, Austria
Alpbach, Austria
Alpbach, Austria
Alpbach, Austria

On day 4 it was “proper rain” we stopped in the hotel and did a spa day kinda thing with the gym, pool and steam rooms!

Austria; Day 2 – Reith

Reith, Austria

As the weather forecast was good for today, we headed on the bus to the cable car in the next village. The cable car in Alpbach doesn’t open until June as there is too much snow at the top still!

Reith, Austria

We went up pretty early, then walked to the peak.

Reith, Austria

I think we took the more challenging route up, as the way back down was more of a gentle slope.

Reith, Austria
Reith, Austria

Alpbach, Day 1; Bischofer Josh

Not all who wander are lost

We start off with a hike. A hike to a marked view point on my map. Bischofer Joch. Which is about 1500m above sea level.

Alpbach, Austria

In the morning it was cold and overcast. The weather forecast said that it would be much like this all day. I had marked out several point of interest on the map, so we decided to tick off one of them.

Alpbach, Austria

We set off from the bus station outside the Boglerhof hotel, and walked up the side of the mountain (A very steep gradient to get the heart going), before following the A6 route across the side of the mountain.

Alpbach, Austria

I had set my eye upon getting to the top of the mountain, but it’s been snowing quite late in Austria in this region and it we were told it was too snowy to get all the way up. So we settled on the view point.

Alpbach, Austria
Alpbach, Austria

The walk was very well sign posted, and there was a little chalet serving food about 25 mins from the top. So we stopped off for a beer on the way up, and a cheese board on the way down.

Alpbach, Austria
Alpbach, Austria

On the way back down we followed the road. It was a lot less scenic but a lot faster. The sun was starting to dip towards the mountain so lovely long shadows were being cast.

Alpbach, Austria

The weather forecast was wrong though, because the cloud burnt off and it was lovely and sunny for most of the way. A bit too warm for my liking when hiking up the side of the mountain.

Alpbach, Austria


Alpbach, Austria

Lake Garda; Day 5 – Renon

This actually happened on Day 6. There was a day where we didn’t really do anything and I left my camera in the room.

Renon, Italy

We went on a train ride that was rather packed, we went on another gondola (One can never go on too many gondolas to be fair).

Renon, Italy

Featuring… The Dolomites from a different angle!

Renon, Italy
Renon, Italy
Renon, Italy
Renon, Italy
Renon, Italy

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