South we go to the next host family, and right into the heart of mountain country. A truly stunning place (I’ve always been particularly fond of mountains).
One of the first places my host family took me to visit was Hohe Tauren National Park. Of course… it rained. For most of the day while there, so most of the day was spent either in the science museum or the pool.
That’s right, a pool. There is a pool at the center of the national park. In the afternoon, however, the clouds broke and brilliant sunlight flooded the area, revealing the majestic beauty of the park.
So, as its very well known among my friends
and maybe the rest of the world by now, I like birds. A lot. Too much. Once again, we saw another Adler Show (“eagle” show) in a former castle.
Of course, being in the mountains, you must go up. To the peaks:
We also went to visit the Pyramidekogel tower. Its a tall, twisted tower set at the peak of one of the many smaller mountains. Visitors can go to the top of the tower for a stunning panorama of the mountains and lakes of Carinthia. On a clear day, they said, you can even see Italy in the distance. It was not a clear day, but you could still see the mountains!
The tower is twisted like this to best combat strong winds. If you look closely, you can see the silver slide for any brave soul to ride from the top to the very bottom.