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Frank Simon | MPI for Physics | Germany

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Vacation in the Alps

Fiss, on a plateau above the upper Inn valley, seen from above.

Fiss, on a plateau above the upper Inn valley, seen from above.

I’m back from vacation… well, at least from a short break from work. My wife and I spent the last four days in the Alps in south-west Austria… And my legs still hurt from the hikes. So different than sitting in front of the computer all day. We did four hikes, one short one and three full day things… more about at least one of them in a later post…

Well, here are a few impression: The village Fiss, on a plateau high above the upper Inn valley, a place where we often go to ski in winter… also not bad in summer!

And of course the high meadows are grazing grounds for cows… It is amazing what slopes these guys can climb. Luckily they are just curious, but not nasty… Always good to know for a city kid like myself, once they come up close.

Cow on the alpine meadows, looking curiously at the hikers stupid enought to walk around the mountains all day.

Cow on the alpine meadows, looking curiously at the hikers crazy enough to walk around the mountains all day.

And, we even saw an alpine marmot from up close, on our way back from a very long hike (as I said, future post 😉 ) when we were crossing a field of boulders. They are usually very shy, so when I spotted it on a rock from quite a distance, we were creeping forward as silently as we could to get a good picture.

Alpine marmot, from up close.

Alpine marmot, from up close.

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