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The Alps…. Switzerland, Liechtenstein & Austria

It is still a source of amazement to me that within hours of driving you can travel to 4 different countries! Our time in Tuscany had come to an end; we said fond farewells and hit the road.
Through northern Italy, back into Switzerland, (already paid €40 road tax so figured we might as well use it)……..we skirted the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein before heading east into the western tip of Austria and Raggal.
Our travel time through Liechtenstein was short …. after all it is not a very big country it is just over 160 square kilometers (62 square miles), it has an estimated population of 35,000. It also has the second lowest unemployment rate in the world at 1.5% .
We did get to see Vaduz Castle which is the residence of the Princely family, the Home of the Princely familydynasty from which Liechtenstein derives its name…..sadly we were not invited in for tea.
After sweltering in hot dry Spain and Italy a taste of cool clear mountain air was a welcome change and Raggal was indeed a breath of fresh air. It is a tiny picturesque village perched high in the Alps, where the focus is on enjoying whatever nature has to offer! Walking sticks are as common here in summer as ski poles in winter, the walks are easy or demanding color coded just like ski runs.
Our B&B was a little tricky to find, despite having GPS co-ordinates…… Tip: check whether you have degrees, minutes and seconds or degrees and points of degrees! Not all GPS or Sat. Nav. systems use the same method.
Our hosts were very genial and friendly and full of advice for seeing the local area, breakfast was very substantial, coffee, juice, cold meats, cheeses, breads…. Sweet and savoury! They kept us going all day! The Austrians sure like their meats and dairy, makes sense that is what they produce around here and of course beer and chocolate!
The chocolate sure came in handy as we waited for it to stop raining so we could hike up the mountain! Chocolate was finished before the rain so we settled in to watch the weather travel up the valley. You can watch clouds being born here ……. It was a very refreshing change of scenery and of course absolutely beautiful.

About the author: Born in the UK, with what must be more than a dash of Romany blood in her veins, Yvonne loved to travel even before she met Michael. Yvonne has a varied career history, which includes several laborious years as a laboratory manager, followed by a fun few years as a scuba instructor and crew in the British Virgin Islands, and then many boring years in financial services. Her discontent along with the passing of a dear friend was the prod that led to the realisation that there was a lot more do in life. It has taken almost 40 years to come full circle to realize what Yvonne’s English teacher saw all those years ago……… Yvonne’s true passion (apart from travel) is writing and now finds herself fortunate to have the time to follow her bliss and combine the two as a blogger and travel writer. Yvonne loves to tell stories and talk to lots of strangers (the best way to get the real scoop on the place). Yvonne is a “rainmaker” and makes things happen!

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  • Rob

    Glad to see you can travel a couple of hours and see a lot of countryside. Why just the other day I left Vancouver, drove for 2 hours and got as far as…..Abbotsford. Traffic (still) doesn’t move as fast here as compared to your driving ‘like a French racer boy’. Happy to see you’re both having fun two months+ in your journey. Cheers!

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