Today Took It’s Toll

I had my follow up doctor’s appointment today and he wanted me to stay in Garmisch a week to 10 more days but we needed to move on.  This is a valuable traveling time of year because the weather is nice and also it is before everyone starts their holidays.  He was a great doctor and didn’t even charge for today.  So we left this area with so much beauty and interesting houses, many with painted murals, and drove over the Brenner Pass to Italy.


Vehicles that are over 3.5 tons (us) are required to buy something called a “Go Box” for travel on Austria’s roads.  Enough money to cover our travels would have to be deposited up front and then whatever is left over is returned when leaving Austria.  One couple we know paid $350 just to drive through Austria from west to east.  We elected to cross Austria where the distance was the shortest but because we weren’t on a major road entering Austria there was no place to rent the Go Box.  Instead, we bought the vignette that vehicles under 3.5 tons use which cost 7,90 EU for 10 days of travel in Austria.  We were probably in Austria just an hour. 
There was also an additional toll to drive over the Brenner Pass and Italy charges to drive on it’s major highways too.  Then, and this is no exaggeration, we went to five different Aires (overnight camping spots) that didn’t exist any more or maybe I don’t know how to put coordinates into the new GPS we had to buy because our other one died.  Steve almost ran over a bicyclist and then he pulled out in front of a line of traffic.  I wanted him to drop me off at the nearest airport.   
Well, then we drove by a campground that is in the most wonderful setting.  It’s in south Tyrol in the town of St. Lorenzen near Brunico.  This part of Italy belonged to Austria before WWI and the people have their choice of going to a school where the teachers teach in German or to one that’s Italian.  But whatever school the children go to, they are also taught the other language.  So far, everyone we have heard speaks German.  We have already walked into  town and looked around and gone into the church.  Now this is a tiny town that’s probably not on a lot of maps but look at the inside of their church:

This is just a small part of the painted ceiling.
And this is our view for tonight.  There’s a castle in the other direction that I haven’t taken a picture of yet.  Actually, we saw many interesting castles just from the roads driving here. As you can see, we have already done laundry too.  It was a busy day that ended well.