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Calm down first. 48 hours of pure travel delights from both our trips to the Lesachtal as well as the Gailtal valleys, in Carinthia, have made my head grow dizzy. The world’s first Slow Food Travel destination … What an adventure, what a delight. The taste of this award still lingers on my palate … Now’s the time to relax a little.
“Early June, during pre-season, it is still a lot more quiet here ..”, Sepp Kolbitsch, the owner of the campground, welcomes us and leads us to “our house”. Yes, that’s correct: A holiday home on our campsite. Whether holiday homes, bungalows, apartments, rooms or mobile homes: Campgrounds these days have it all. The large, welcoming holiday homes are all built from natural, untreated wooden materials, resulting in a sleeping comfort of a kind.
In fact, I don’t remember having slept so well and deeply in quite a while.
I have already told you about my first experiences on a Segway here, besides raving about “e-bikes” from their early appearances on! Like a natural, I’m up on my Segway again this time. And yes, so can you because it really is easy to master this thing, which intuitively adjusts and reacts to all your steering manoeuvres. Take a helmet for added safety, be sure to do some training loops, and off you go! If you prefer a bike, take one of Sepp Kolbitsch’s e-bikes.
“Well, if you must know, it was shortly after meeting the Dalai Lama ..”, Sepp suddenly says, pointing to one of his numerous awards and certificates at the alpine association’s headquarter in Kötschach-Mauthen. In all of his achievements, he remains truly and utterly modest, speaking slowly or scarcely of all that he has already done in his life. Then, as we start talking more about the mountains, the animals, the plants and the history, he comes to life more and more. And so, we learn, it is not so much a surprise that he even breaks into a sonata song in honour of the mountains around, really appreciating our company by the romantic Grünsee lake! What a special performance by such a special man, who “in all modesty” claims to have saved “some 200 lives” in his lifetime alone.
I already want to go back to Kötschach-Mauthen (lots and lots to see and do here!) and maybe visit the AlpenCamp in winter? When everything is even more quiet and peaceful, and the campground’s sauna and spa truly worth the while .. 😉
Check out even more travel pictures from our camping trips to the AlpenCamp, Camping Rosental Roz as well as Camping Mössler at Lake Millstatt in Carinthia, Austria’s southern-most province.
Want to know how the journey continues? Follow us as we keep visiting two more campgrounds during our trip in early June: “Honey bees, heavenly heights & high-level art at the Camping Rosental Roz” as well as the “Fairytale like fun fair on Lake Millstatt & SeeCamping Mössler“.
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the campgrounds AlpenCamp, Camping Rosental Roz as well as Camping Mössler on our trip to Carinthia. All opinions are my own.