The ride to Italy

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This shot was taken out of the front of the bus on the way down a 16% grade! Scary!

Our wake-up call was at 6am and we were down for breakfast shortly after.  Just cold cereal because nothing else looked very good. Of course, orange juice and coffee.  Can't get very far into the day without my coffee.  Off to Austria about 8am. Over the border about 8:30 and then over the pass.  That was an adventure.  Here in the western US where I live there is a law about making roads with no more than a 6% grade, up or down.  The road down there in Austria was 16%!  Of course there were runoff areas almost every 1/4 mile but this steep grade was nearly two miles long.  Going down was hard on brakes, but I'm sure going up would have been a real task for some cars. And trucks.... forget it.  Finally into the valley and to Innsbruck.

You can see the emergency run off here on the right.
  We had a short stroll through the old town area that the Hapsburgs (or Habsburgs) had.  Then through the Swarovski Crystal showroom. If you like "bling", this is the place for you! 

The ride over the mountains into Italy was magnificent. Thousands of picture opportunities. The Dolomite mountains seem to point and stretch straight up at the sky. 

The town of Brunico or Bruneck was our lunch stop and we had pizza, and streudel. Mmmmm.

At one point the bus driver pulled over and stopped at a little turnout and we all got off the bus for about ten minutes just to look and take pictures.  I got a shot that has turned out to be one of my all-time favorites, and would dearly love to be able to identify the location.  If you know the name of this town, please let me know.

Arrival in the Venice area just a little after 5pm.  

X_Drive says:
I think several of these photos were taken past the border into Italy.
Posted on: Mar 09, 2010
TravellingAuntie says:
Great photos - thanks for the link. Maybe my next trip will be north of the Italian border!
Posted on: Mar 09, 2010
CrazyLisa says:
I can't imagine a 16% grade. Yikes!
Posted on: Jul 13, 2007
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You can see the emergency run off …
You can see the emergency run off…
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Just one of hundreds of pictures …
More of the view from the bus on o…
More of the view from the bus on …
The Dolomites, in all their glory.
The Dolomites, in all their glory.
The Tyrlolean Alps with the green …
The Tyrlolean Alps with the green…
Innsbruck Austria with the beautif…
Innsbruck Austria with the beauti…
As we entered the Swarovsky Crysta…
As we entered the Swarovsky Cryst…
At the border between Austria and …
At the border between Austria and…
Just over the border into Italy.
Just over the border into Italy.
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Another of the shots taken on the…
The owner of this sports shop in B…
The owner of this sports shop in …
Another narrow street in one of th…
Another narrow street in one of t…
At a quick stop to stretch our leg…
At a quick stop to stretch our le…
Another very narrow street. Note t…
Another very narrow street. Note …
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Everywhere were wonderful picture…
We even saw a nice waterfall.
We even saw a nice waterfall.
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Down out of the mountains and int…
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As we dropped out of the mountain…
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