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This time we booked only one night at Gästehaus Gerti on our way back to Stuttgart, arrived to Nassereith in the afternoon and actually planned and did have some time to visit a few things around. But the place was so nice and welcoming (reminded me about my stays at grandma's when I was a little kid), the town was so quiet and gorgeous, that we decided not to see any more gorges today and simply have a little rest, walk around and have some fun.
My offline map in Pocket Earth showed that there is a restaurant nearby, right behind a small lake (Nassereithsee), and we decided to go there for an early dinner which we were going to polish later at the balcony with a couple of beers we had left in the trunk.
The walk from the gastehaus to Seebua restaurant takes about 20 minutes, goes through a small downtown with a church, and a short trail around the lake at the end. The lake is very nice, has a couple of artificial swans peacefully swimming in it and apparently lots of real fish; we've seen a family who actually just caught something looking like a trout, mom and little sister where holding the fish on the ground by fins and tail, and a 10-12 y.o. boy was trying to kill it hitting its head with a stick. Dad was standing right next to them with a fishing rod trying to catch more. Apparently the restaurant was still closed, maybe that's why.
that the lady at the restaurant pretended that she did not speak English at first, but after the drink when I asked
"so you are open at six, right?", she answered loud and clear "No-no. The
kitchen opens at half past five". So we had a nice Weissbier and a coffee outside, then walked around the lake a little bit, and returned back at 17:30, this time took a table inside because outside felt breezy. It's nice, quiet and cozy there, and the food is very good. We were lucky that it was not neither Monday nor Tuesday because apparently the restaurant is closed on those days, and we did not see a lot of other go out options around.
Well, it seems that winter season in Nassereith is much more active because of all nearby ski resorts,
but that works pretty much for everything in Alps. Anyway, Gästehaus Gerti I would recommend to everyone any time of year.
Stubachtal is a valley and consists mainly of grasslands. It's rather spacely populated, with 34 inhabitants per square kilometer. We did not have any specific location in mind, but we wanted to see those grasslands and simply put "Stubachtal" into Google Map, imported location into GPS and it drove to wherever it was going to guide us to. It brought us to a place where the road goes to the top of a hill with something looking like farm there. We did not want to invade the privacy of people leaving there and did not go to the very top of the road. The view from the place where we parked gives a good impression about those grasslands and it also seems to be a complete true about population density. More pictures of Stubachtal grasslands here .
Lake Louise Inn The Weather network was trying to scare us all week long, but the 1st and only bad day in fact was our day at Lake Louise. We woke up with the news that it's gonna be 30 cm of snow today, and it seemed to be true once we looked through the window. Svetlana did not feel very well, and we decided to take advantage of the nice hotel room and wait it out. As a matter of fact, we actually consider ourselves lucky with the weather during this trip, because apparently heavy snow storms and road closures are very usual thing for Banff and Lake Louise in the beginning of June. This time it was only this one questionable day, but even this day wasn't actually that bad because after 3PM the snow finally stopped, and we decided to try to complete our Lake Louise program at least to as much as possible extent. Morain Lake It was already deep afternoon, and as we kind of already took a brief look at the Lake Louise yesterday, we decided to re-prioritize and
One week in Drake Bay - this was our plan for end of February 2020. A year before, in January 2019, we explored another side of Osa Peninsula (Puerto Jimenez), and we liked it. "Wild life everywhere" statement of our guide Carlos was a bit of an overstatement back then, but we did see plenty of monkeys, coatis, lots of scarlet macaws and other things. At the same time, it was a comfortable stay and we hoped that Drake Bay would be even more exciting. Day 1: one night stay in Jaco It's a long drive from San Jose to Drake Bay, and the last leg of the road can be done only with 4x4, so we decided not to drive all way through at the 1st day because crossing rivers in darkness can be challenging, but to stay one night in Jaco which is 1.5 hour from San Jose. We stopped at Hotel DoceLunas in Jaco and liked it very much. I suppose during weekend it may be busy, but we were lucky to be there on working day, and everything was just nice and quiet: reception,