This is the day I have been waiting for...we travel to a little town in northern Italy for the weekend!
Brad got off early and we started off our trip wrong by looking for a bank machine to get some cash. There was a problem with one of our accounts and none of the machines worked! Oh well, who needs money?
We stopped along the way for a vignette....you have to have this sticker on your car to travel through some roads in Austria. It's good for 10 days. I saw these signs along the way as we neared Austria. It only cost 10 Euros and is much easier than stopping at toll booths.
|Beautiful snowy scenes along the way|
|First glimpses of the mountains|
|Curly. And the song title above was ironic.|
This really old sign was built into the mountain on the side of the road.
|It says: under the regency of his royal highness the Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, this new road built in the years 1893 to 1897. I think Luitpold is Leopold.|
We drove through Innsbruck, Austria and stopped at what we were told by our friend Karen is the most beautiful McDonald's in the world! Here is the view from inside:
We saw the olympic ski jump hill with the tower:
The owner, Konrad was outstanding. He recommended a restaurant one town over, Saint Peter. (Or Sankt Peter. Or San Pietro.) It was called Viel Nois. It was beautiful and quiet and had excellent food! You know I took pictures of it, so here they are.
|Lainie and I shared a pizza with just cheese. (Lainie is still eating cheese successfully!!!)|
|Lea's with bacon that was actually ham. But good :)|
|Brad's ginormous calzone. Stuffed with a ton of cheese, ham and mushrooms.|
|Gelato for dessert. Do you think she is happy?|
|Gelato with coffee|
It was confusing as to where we are. With the German and Italian names for everything, it was hard to keep track of. Here is what I think it is: the region is called South Tyrol (English) or Sued Tirol in German. I don't know the Italian! South Tyrol is also in Austria. The smaller area is called Bolzano (Italian) or Bozen (German). Then our village which was St. Magdalena as I mentioned.
What a fabulous day. We can't believe this apartment rental was only $225 (US) for the whole weekend! Konrad led us over to the restaurant since it was dark and the roads are crazy, tiny, winding. He went above and beyond all weekend.
I could barely sleep as I felt like I was waiting for Christmas morning. I was SO EXCITED to wake up and open our shutters to see the views!!