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Altenmarkt im Pongau

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  • Day160

    Altenmarkt im Pongau continued

    December 3, 2016 in Austria

    The farmhouse stopover was at the foot of a wooded hillside and the tall hills around us meant that the sun only rose for a few hours. Consequently the temperature rarely rose above 0°C and with it dropping as low as 8°C, layers of frost built up on top of each other day after day, creating a beautiful coating on the scene around us.

    We enjoyed two walks over the three days we stayed in Altenmarkt in Pongau. The first skirted the foot of the pine clad hillside, past inumerable Christmas trees and a frozen stream before cutting accross the flat valley floor along a nordic skiing track. For the second we climbed the hill, which awarded views accross the flat valley floor to the snowy peaks around it. We walked along a ridge from where we could see snow makers covering the slopes. The thick frost persisted in many areas and when the sun broke through and silhouetted the tall tree trunks, it highlighted the frost crystals so they shone, jewel-like in the beam of light. At times we both felt overcome by the beauty of it all.

    At night the sky view was clear and vast. The low level of artificial light and no moon, meant the stars shone clear and bright. When Vicky was taking Poppy out at about 5am on the last night, she felt a tickle on her face. Looking over at a beam cast by a streetlight, she saw thousands of tiny crystals glinting like diamonds as they fell slowly downwards. Together with the starry sky it was quite an incredible sight!
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  • Day159

    Altenmarkt im Pongau

    December 2, 2016 in Austria

    Will had wanted to visit Altenmarkt im Pongau ever since he saw its name. After driving through numerous ski villages with strips of snow winding down the mountains we arrived at the large farmyard just out of the village. There was a little confusion parking up as Vicky had asked Will to park facing the hill. Considering our position in a valley encircled by hills it probably wasn't the clearest request, but on the third go, Will managed to get the van facing the hill Vicky had meant.

    The stopover was €12 a night but it had electricity and as we'd decided to buy a little electric heater to combat the sub zero temperatures, we plugged in and got it running. We still had the van's gas heating on low to try and make sure the water tanks didn't freeze, expand and split!

    The farmyard itself was wonderfully quiet, it had a hedge of Christmas trees and a 500 year old dark wood farmhouse that could be rented out. A tree trunk trough held water fresh from the mountain that poured in through a hose within an upright trunk that had an icicle hanging from its lip. We filled several jugfulls to drink during our stay. Red and white wine produced on the farm was on sale so we bought a bottle of each as well as 12 huge white eggs.

    The Altenmarkt Advent market opened on our second night so we took the shortcut through the fields to check it out. Like previous towns, the decorations were traditional and classy and the stalls sold beautiful handmade items with a focus on wood. Small Christmas trees were placed along the street and sheepskins slung over upright tree trunks so people could sit around the fire pits with their Glühwein. A traditionally dressed duo stood on a festive stage and played traditional tunes on their trombones. The atmosphere was joyful as children clambered up onto a wooden sheepskin covered sleigh to have their photos taken.
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