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Knottenkino, a cinema with a boundless screen
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Castel Freudenstein to Vilpian
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A rainy day in the woods
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Finailhof im Schnalstal, ...einst höchstgelegener Kornhof Europas
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written at 19:20 by concierge
Tickets and Pop Corn?
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Maultasch and Grape Harvest
written at 19:26 by concierge
Ritten
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Chapel of Saint Helena, and Sprin Bad Überwasser

The church of St. Helena is perhaps one of the most beautifully situated churches in South Tyrol. On a clear summer day like today, one can enjoy a wonderful view of the church along with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountain landscape of Merano.

On our hike to the church, the Concierge takes us through shady woods and past sunny, goat-populated pastures, with the grazing goats completely undisturbed by our presence.
After a short walk we reach the Halsmannhof at 1500 meters above sea level, known for its organic goat cheese dairy. For the moment however, we postpone our visit until the way back.

We reach the church of St. Helena. Our guide tells us that the church was first mentioned in writing around 1300.

After a brief visit to the church, it is time for a break at the Helener Pichl inn. We have a seasonal lunch consisting of a tomato and kohlrabi carpaccio with sunflower and pumpkin seeds, followed by roasted veal in a chanterelle sauce with rice, accompanied by a pinot blanc from the Merano winery, and for dessert: a slice of apricot cake and, as is tradition in the Ulten valley, „Krapfen“, a sweet, deep-fried dough, traditionally filled with apricot jam or poppy seeds.

Quite tired from the delicious lunch, the group continues to head back to the parking lot. But not before stopping by Heidi and Franz form the Halsmann cheese dairy.

With our backpacks a little heavier from the freshly bought goat cheese, we arrive at the car. Instead of returning home however, the concierge suggests that we should drive to the springs of Bad Überwasser, only a few minutes away by car, where there are many historic mineral water springs.

At an inn of the same name, we order water. But this isn‘t your ordinary tap water, no, the water here is freshly drawn from the springs near the inn and is served with virtually no delay. If one wishes to further flavour the mineral rich water, fresh cranberries and lemon slices are served to be added after one's own taste.
A refreshing experience after a hike in the sun.

Stay tuned!!!!

written at 21:15 by concierge
Silentium

Our destination this time was the Parnaud Alm. A walk through larch forests, surrounded by the Schnalstal glacier.

While the sun was shining in Vilpian, in Karthaus the mountain tops were covered with clouds. The concierge asked a local for directions, who also let him know that the cloudy weather was not ideal for the Pernaud Alm.

Fully motivated, the concierge his entourage began the 2:30h hike. But as soon as the first raindrops started to fall the motivation was gone. Stop. It is time to turn around.

In these mountains, but much further up, the Similaun Man was found, the mummy from the ice, also known as Ötzi. While it takes worse weather to end up as Ötzi, rain in the mountains isn’t to be taken lightly. It was high time for a change in plans. With lunchtime approaching the concierge decided to dine in a local restaurant.
Smoked char, roasted suckling pig with potato salad, tagliatelle with chanterelles, and of course, a good glass of wine.

With a full stomach the concierge visited the former Carthusian monastery of Monte degli angeli, where “strength lies in silence”. Enjoying the peaceful, absolute silence, the concierge found it difficult to return to Vilpian, where his telephone vibrates, and the reception bell rings.

The silence is very relaxing. Almost like a vacation.

The concierge considers himself a very lucky person, living, where other people come for holiday.

Stay tuned!

written at 19:32 by concierge
Pauls hemp will be smoked?

After the Concierge recently received fresh strawberries from the Willelehof, he promised farmer Paul that he would pay a visit to his farm. Not only out of curiosity and to assure himself that Paul’s cultivation was top of the line, but also as an excuse to get out of the office.

The concierge had already seen all kinds of farms, some with broken tractors in the front, scrap metal and machine parts scattered everywhere, with unsold apples being stored out front and a couple crates of pears rotting in between.

But once he arrived in Glanning, in Jenesien, at first the concierge was convinced he was at the wrong address. There should be a farm here, right? Instead, the concierge finds himself standing in front of a villa that could be straight out of Hollywood, with freshly mowed lawn and every pebble on the road precisely where it belongs. But a raspberry plantation right next to the villa confirms that this is indeed the Willelehof.

The plantation is in perfect condition and Pauls strawberries follow suit. He grows to types of strawberries, one in raised beds and one on the ground.

On the well-kept lawn stands Paul’s son, who is taking care of the tractor. Scrap metal and broken parts nowhere to be found.

Paul goes into detail about the strawberry market. His farm isn’t the only thing that impresses us, the taste of his strawberries does as well.

Out of nowhere we notice something strange! As we look across the strawberry fields we discover a hemp plantation in the middle of his fields!

Paul! Not for smoking, is it?

Paul assures us that his hemp is not suitable for smoking. This hemp is grown when changing fruit crops.

Yeah, right…

The Willelehof is in impeccable condition. After the visit we enjoy the landscape of Jenesien on a walk to the Jöchl-Almhütte, from where we continue to the Möltner-Kas, where we enjoy a light lunch.

Cabbage salad with roasted Speck and typical Vinschgerle bread.

Are we sure our appetite didn’t come from Paul’s hemp?

Stay timed!!!

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