Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Landscapes of the Mountain Alps


These days waiting for the new gardening season I want to recollect warm autumn in Austria. That time I was looking forward to the pleasure of traveling by train through the Alps. I've been glad that the train I traveled through the Alps was not speed one and I could enjoy the scenery passing outside the window.  
The Alps  is an area of really diverse beautiful landscapes. There are mountains and valleys, dense forests, high plateaus. Sunlit meadows with grazing cows on alpine pastures, vineyards and villages.



For me who lived all my life on the plain far from any mountains it is always interesting to visit the mountainous area, especially to see the nature of the Alps. These old mountains in Europe are located on the territory of several countries. Since time immemorial, people have settled here. 
The bright sun, blue sky, thick white clouds over the mountains, bright green sown fields, all these reminded of postcards that are sent in travels. Looking at tidy farm houses I thought that Alpine farms produce butter, milk, a large selection of cheese, especially cheese with mold, that I like very much.



There came a moment when I noticed that the train started to go up into the mountain, the road became winding passing through the tunnels. The landscape was changing, houses and farms began to rarer appear, clouds were up in the sky then the heavy fog fell. The grazing cows, lovely houses and churches sank in a fog.





It was amazing to see a fog in highland. The train was going through tunnels, then I saw the valleys between the foggy mountains. One more tunnel, another road turn and the train has gone lower, we arrived again to a valley.
The sun came out of the clouds, a fog dissipated. Birds flew over the corn field, it was a nice view of white houses with red roofs and farms. 




The train was going ever lower, the valleys became wider and more populated. I saw shopping centers, parking lots, wide and narrow roads, fast rivers running through valleys. The journey across the mountain Alps has finished.

Have you ever traveled or lived in mountains?




Video from the 1965 film The Sound of Music about the family of 7 children in the Alps

 



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For those who celebrate tomorrow
 
HAPPY EASTER!





49 comments:

  1. Breathtaking views! the beauty of those central european mountain regions is overwhelming, so green and so lush!

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    1. I agree MDN, that is a beauty.
      Happy Easter!

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  2. Надежда,очень красивые пейзажи.

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    1. Да, Надежда, мне понравилось в горах тоже.

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  3. Que maravilla, precioso viaje. Besos.

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  4. Beautiful views. I saw a lot of mountains, because in Poland, Slovakia, Austria and Switzerland. I wish you a happy Easter.

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    1. Happy Easter to you too Giga! Sure your trips in mountains were interesting.

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    1. Thank you Molly, happy Easter to you too!

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  6. Hello Nadezda!

    Beautiful views from the Alps. The nature and the mountains are wonderful.
    Happy Easter!

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    1. You're right Marit, the nature in mountains is beautiful.
      Happy Easter to you too!

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  7. You Made a lovely trip by train. We used to go to the snow by train. But now we take the plain. Not so romantic, but fast it is. Groetjes Hetty

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    1. Oh, yes Hetty it was a romantic and breathtaking trip. But the Alps look wonderful from the plain too if there are no clouds:-)

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  8. It is a lovely area but must be very cut off in winter.

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    1. I've not seen this area in winter Sue. Perhaps you're right.

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  9. So lovely looking landscapes. Happy Easter Nadezda!

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    1. Thank you Anne, wish you a good day!

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  10. Wonderful images of a beautiful country! I like mountains so green.
    Goodnight!

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  11. Me ha encantada Nadezda. Feliz Pascua. Besos.

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    1. Gracias Teresa, te deseo un dia feliz!

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  12. Happy Easter to you, Nadezda! Thanks also for the beautiful photographs. Austria has a lot of eco-friendly farming and eco guesthouses. Did you stay in one? I also love the look of the houses with their long balconies and characteristically shaped roofs. Personally, I have never lived in the mountains. I am not sure I would like to live there full time. The summer is nice but in winter the upper slopes would be too snowy and inaccessible, but in the valley it would be dark because the days are short and there might not be enough sun. Did you ever read the book "Heidi" when you were a child? I loved it.

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    1. I do think you're right Jenny saying that in winter time the Alp villages are not so welcome as in summer. I was staying at the Salzburg hotel, in a highland.
      Unfortunately the Johanna Spyri's book "Heidi" was not translated into Russian and was unknown here in my childhood. Now it's sold in translation or reading on line. That what I will do, Jenny to 'to fill this gap'.
      Thank you and happy Easter day to you!

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  13. Hello dear Nadezda!
    Wonderful pictures of the beautiful landscapes! Everything is so green!
    The views are breathtaking! Wishing you a Happy Orthodox Easter to you and your family!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dimi, I hope we both will celebrate Easter next Sunday,
      have a nice weekend!

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  14. Hi Nadezda, thanks for sharing your trip to the Alps. I was there many years ago in winter for skiing. I also found it very different to anywhere I'd been before. Enjoyed the song from the sound of music. Happy Easter to you.

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    1. I love the film and the song from 'Sound of music' as well catmint. Hope your staying at the Alp ski resort was unforgettable.

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  15. I would have enjoyed this train ride too Nadezda. I live in the middle of the country where it is mainly flat with some gentle rolling hills. My area used to be forest or prairie land. It is a long drive to get to any mountains from here. I love to visit the mountains. I always feel so alive there. Maybe it is the thin air. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. Happy Easter to you too.

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    1. So do I, Lisa. Always love the air in mountains. This train ride was amazing, thank you!

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  16. Dear Nadezda, Thank you for your Easter good wishes. I have spent the day with close and extended family.
    It is great to travel by train, to relax and watch the country go by. You have taken some very nice photos from the moving train. Easier on the slow train!
    I remember camping in Austria many years ago, in a beautiful valley near Kufstein. The colours were clear and bright, as was the air. Great memories you have revived for me.
    Happy Easter for next week-end.

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    1. I'm glad Betty my post gave you sweet memories of your travel to the Alps. Of course the slow train is better way to watch the scenes going by.
      The next weekend is Orthodox Easter, it's right. Thank you Betty!

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  17. Wonderful pictures.
    Happy Easter to you

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  18. Happy Easter, Nadezda!
    Of course I was often in the Alps for vacation. But also for me it's not that close. We liked the Dachstein region in Austria. We often went to Südtirol (a German speaking area in North Italy). I am always very happy to see the Alps.

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    1. That's nice Sigrid you loved staying at the Alp regions. I'd love to!

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  19. Hope you had a wonderful Easter Nadezda. Your photographs are lovely!

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    1. Glad you liked my trip photos Lee. Thank you!

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  20. Happy Easter to you, Nadezda! Thank you for these beautiful pictures from your trip to the Alps. I have always lived in valleys of mountainous regions.

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    1. Of course, Peter the climate in mountainous areas is different from the plain ones. Sure your plants feel this too. Thank you.

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  21. Beautiful. Some day I will see them. Judy has been several times, her parents lived in Geneva for two years.

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  22. Boa tarde, selecção de fotos maravilhosas com as belas paisagens que a montanha oferece, passear pela montanha é como ganhar anos de vida.
    Continuação de feliz semana,
    AG

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    1. Gracias Antonio! Estoy de acuerdo, "como ganhar anos de vida"

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  23. Good morning dear Nadezda,
    What a fantastic vieuws you shared!!! We have been visiting Austria many times during our summer holidays. A great country.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Rosehugs Marijke

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    1. It's a pleasure that you liked my travel photos, Marijke. Sure you had spent a nice holiday in Austria.
      Hugs!

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  24. Wonderful trip and what a views! Amazing! I have had a bustrip from Lyon France to Geneva through Swiss mountains and it was breathtaking!

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    1. I agree Tistou, mountain views are breathtaking!

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  25. Hello Nadezda!
    Alpine landscapes are lovely.
    During the trip you had wonderful weather.

    Happy Easter.
    Hugs and greetings.
    Lucja

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