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Published: June 16th 2018
Day out in Innsbruck today and it was excellent.
Super blue sky when we woke so Kisbee leapt out of the garage, all-raring to go and we set off. Took the main 171 road in, though we had hoped to find a quieter route. Not terribly happy being on dual carriageways on the scooter especially as at one point it even acquired a third lane but we got there safely in 20 minutes or so. Once across the bridge over the river Inn we were in the city. Along with lots and lots of other tourists especially being a Saturday.
We parked Kisbee where we found lots of other bikes and scooters and went into the old part of the town. Could barely move for the first half an hour, as there was a wedding in the building under the famous golden window. This meant not only a large group of people but also some vehicles trying to push their way through. Add to that lots and lots of tourists like ourselves and then more in large tour groups and everything was a little chaotic.
We heard music and headed for that and found
a band seated on the edge of the street playing some good music so stopped to listen while I also took photos all round of the incredible ornate buildings which line the streets. All tall and colourful and decorated in different Baroque styles, gold, paintings, carved. Lovely.
We were here in 2004 but that was a long time ago so we could view it all afresh.
I do remember that we were amazed on the last visit by the quality of the shop decorations. Each one a work of art and nothing has changed. Some delightful displays along the way.
We walked up to the Triumphal arch stopping for coffee on the way then wandered back down through alleyways just admiring everything.
This is day 16 of our trip and therefore really time for an Apple Strudel especially when served with whipped cream and ice cream. That was lunch. Absolutely no need for anything else after that.
And so to the cathedral or Dom, which is magnificent inside but outside they were obviously expecting us as the building was pretty well covered in scaffolding and plastic sheeting as it
is being renovated. Amazing how many scaffold covered buildings we have visited since we started motorhoming. They always see us coming.
A quick view of the tall colourful buildings on the other side of the river and we decided to head back to the campsite. The river Inn here is very wide, fast flowing and the water level seems very high. The river water is completely opaque and quite pale turquoise. No idea why. Could have expected it to be very clear, as it must be fed by many mountain springs as Innsbruck is surrounded on all sides by mountains. Definitely not a water I would swim in anyway.
Bob checked the map and found a much, much nicer route back to Hall. This was nearer to the mountains on the north, our side of the river and went through fields and some very pretty villages with exceedingly nicely decorated and typical Tyrol buildings.
Stopped to fill Kisbee with fuel and its back box with a few bits of food and then back to the campsite and the lovely pool.
Had realised as we were walking up the main street in Innsbruck
that I had forgotten my stick and was very happy to find that my knee didn’t mind today. Probably all that swimming I’ve been doing.
Tomorrow we leave for Switzerland. Bob has chosen a challenging mountain route with should be spectacular so hope the rain which is forecast for the afternoon does as promised and waits until we have got where we are going.
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