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August 02, 2009

Gruess dich! Austria July 2009

Tried an HF holiday for the first time this year – one week walking in Soelden in the Austrian Tyrol. A very enjoyable week – beautiful scenery (snowy peaks, glaciers, meadows of pretty flowers, pine forests), great walking (although I discovered how unfit I am despite all the swimming! I just don’t use my leg muscles enough usually, and the Tyrolean mountains are very steep!) and a nice and friendly group of people to walk with. Incredible food (and menus – see below). Und ganz schoen wieder mal deutsch zu sprechen!

More photos in the folder on the left (seven folders all beginning with “Austria – July – 2009”) – just a selection below. Of course, these are just views – what you’ve got to imagine is the clanking of goat bells, the gurgling streams and the pure, fresh air…

Gampe Thaya

En route to Brunnenkogl (Friday

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Soelden is in the Oetz Valley – where Oetzi the ice man was found in September 91.

The area also boasts Tyrol’s highest waterfall – Stuibenfall which at 159m (and a huge amount of rain the night before I visited) was indeed very impressive.

Stuibenfall

waterfall

The food was incredible – huge buffets at breakfast (which we could choose from for the picnic lunch too) and 5 course meals in the evening. The translations were sometimes rather literal – see the selections below.

  • Consomme of deer with farce dumpling, small diced vegetables perfumed with port wine
  • Filet of pangasius fish with leek-vegetables, rice, safran sauce
  • Parfait of sorrel on raspberry coulis
  • Tureen of mushrooms with cranberry-pepper sauce
  • Cream soup of spinach with backed alpine cheese dumpling
  • Duet of sheep on savoy cabbage vegetables with polenta souffle
  • Compote of perch and shrimps in spicy potatoes-vegetables sauce
  • Backed vegetables on salad and sauce remoulade
  • Variation of national and international cheese from the buffet
  • Mild cream soup of garlic with Zacarelli (almond – parmesan gnocchi)
  • Roast Angus beef on green asparagus, potatoes loaves, sauce Choron
  • Soup of Sheep with its raviolo and vegetables perfumed with Sherry
  • Filet of tilapia on beans puree, chorizo-chips
  • Emince of red game in orange-pepper sauce, curd cheese gnocchi
  • Medaillons of turkey hen on zucchini vegetables and tagliatelle gorgonzonla cream sauce
  • Small chocolate cakes with chocolate sauce and whipped foam

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