Rund um’s Dorf. St Gilgen.

01. Rund um's Dorf

Today was supposed to be a rest day. All we had

planned was to do a leisurely stroll along the

lakeside to Furberg, have a coffee then relax

in the gardens at the hotel.

By 3.30 pm I was restless and too hot. I had been looking at my maps and some notes that I had of a local walk. Rund um’s Dorf or ‘Around the Village’

It was described as ‘A routed stroll around the village of St Gilgen offering a perspective of all the facets of the local area from the lake front to the residential streets.

From our elevated position in the gardens I could see most of the route. The path crossed the fields where I had seen the Para-gliders land.

The route was only 5  km and should take me less than 2 hours.

I set off at 4.00 pm and walked down through the village and up to the cable car station. Crossing the road I headed for the village of Laim. I soon spotted the yellow signs (Rund um’s Dorf) and from here route finding was easy. I passed through the village where there were some beautiful houses and as I gained height I could look back over the lake.

02. Rund um's Dorf

03. View of the lake

Walking past some houses I spotted a butterfly. It looked like a Meadow Brown but appeared motionless and I tried to get closer. It did not fly away and seemed to be feeding on a white flower. I had to clamber up onto a wall to get close and as I did so the butterfly dropped down about six inches and began to slowly spin round on a silken thread. What I had thought was a white flower was in fact a spider and it was devouring its prey, the butterfly. A terrific photo opportunity but I was balancing on a wall and the lighting was all wrong, but I did get a couple of shots.

05. Spider with prey

I crossed the road near Pollach and then headed downhill towards St Gilgen enjoying the view of the lake.

06. Approaching St Gilgen

Close to the traffic island there was a large hollow partially filled with water. Looking down into it I could see some pink flowers and some bulrushes. I was not sure if I was allowed there but I scrambled down to take more photos.

07. Orchids

08. Bullrushes

It was 6.30 pm when I got back to the hotel with just enough time for a beer before dinner.

That night we had another excellent meal at the Hotel Bilroth. The starter was steak tartare. I was just about to do my ‘Mr Bean’ impression when I tasted it and realised it was rather nice especially when accompanied by a glass of the local red wine.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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1 Response to Rund um’s Dorf. St Gilgen.

  1. Tracey says:

    Love the fact that you clamber about near traffic islands – Great photos again.
    And the food looks fantastic !

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