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Nora - 41 yearsThe Familienhotel Adlernest in the Schnalstal Valley
 

The “Dream in white” – eight years on

We were longing for fresh air, for mountains, above all for the snow that this year had unfortunately been lacking at home. And, because the Familienhotel Adlernest in the unspoilt Schnalstal Valley promised us all this, that is where we went. Critical in the choice of the hotel was also the fact that it takes just ten minutes by car to get to the cable car up to the glacier, where snow is 100% guaranteed. And, sure enough, there it was: white, impressive and majestic!
 
 
 
 
 
First start in the snow
Fini, the hotel’s cool, calm and collected childcare assistant, accompanied us and a small group of children to a conveniently close field in the village. Covered in snow and moderately steep, it was perfect for the kids to enjoy sledging and have fun! Snowballs and sometimes even children themselves flew through the air, while other youngsters whizzed down the slope on sledges and bobs. My daughter was also able to romp around in the snow in her new boots until she too looked like a little snowman. Eventually Fini conjured up hot tea and cakes from her rucksack – the perfect start.

From cold to warm – a real pleasure
Chilled through after the sledge party, we put on our bathrobes and took the lift down to the wellness oasis. Steffy immediately wanted to get into the large tub which, as she said, was bubbling like a cooking pot. She couldn’t wait to warm up her frozen toes in the warm jacuzzi – and nor could we. Relaxation for all the family in the lovely bubbling water!

Togetherness – a rare treat
Shortly before the evening meal there was still time for a trip to the play room, where Fini tried to read out fairy tales to the children, who were simply screeching in delight as they played.
My daughter joined in with the other tots right away and had just as soon forgotten us. I observed her from a distance, not without a certain melancholy. On the one hand I had a feeling of freedom and was looking forward to spending a little time with my partner. On the other hand… well… my little girl is just getting bigger. How quickly time passes. At this moment my husband took me by the hand and invited me to go for a drink in the hotel bar. “Sometimes you have to work at relaxing!” he said. The tingling sensation helped – and not just from the bubbles in the glass. After eight years of marriage you sometimes have to work on that too. :-) 

Culinary delights in the evening – and in the morning too...
The beguiling smells from the kitchen told us that it was time for dinner. I was grateful that my cold had departed some days previously, allowing me to enjoy the wonderful variety of tastes to the full! For me the absolute highlight was the vegetable medallion with scamorza cheese – grilled to perfection, tasty, juicy and crisp. Just right.

Breakfast is for me one of those moments on holiday that I really enjoy: the smell of fresh bread, the soft yet crispy croissants, the feather-light cakes… a perfect start to the day! My husband prefers something a little heartier. Speck, cheese, eggs of all kinds: something you only get when on holiday. Returning from my visit to the breakfast buffet, my daughter cried out with joy when she saw the chocolate spread on my plate – two thirds of which immediately disappeared into her mouth. The rest she smeared around it.

...then onwards and upwards!
A special highlight of the holiday was a winter walk up to the Marchegghof farm (LINK: www.Marchegghof.com) followed by lunch. After just a few minutes’ walking we were able enjoy a magnificent panorama. While we were enchanted by the larch-covered cliffs, our daughter was completely taken by Rocky, the cute Jack Russell who accompanied us to the hut and who she would happily have taken home with her. Jumping for joy he shot past us, our daughter at the other end of his lead. Once we arrived at the farm we warmed up with a steaming bowl of Frittatensuppe, beef broth topped with strips of pancake, followed by – what else in the mountains – Kaiserschmarrn, shredded sweet pancakes.

Back down again!

Again and again I had to stop and absorb the sights before me. I wanted to note each detail: the rolling, snow-covered earth that merged left and right into the rock where bare larches stood. The imposing glacier at the end the valley, shrouded in cloud and beautifully illuminated by the setting sun. A sight that cannot be so quickly forgotten… the wealth of contrasts, raw and yet so untouched and natural! I once again feel full of energy, strong and steadfast – just like the glacier.


 

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Merano and surroundings - Val Senales
Plenty of adventure in the Ötzi's tracks
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