Friday, December 17, 2010
The hike up to the Monastery is through a long gorge or Clove and it sits at the top of the hills with a stunning view of the surrounding farmland and beyond the Alps.
At the foot of the hill, where the train stops from Munich, is a very large lake called the "Ammersee" which is one of the largest south of Munich. It's all (of course) too picturesque, beautiful, dotted with old churches, many small restaurants, beer gardens and right in the middle of it all, an organic grocery.
One feature of the trip south which seems to be a European requirement is very tight zoning-villages do not spill into farm land or farm land is not cut up with various non agricultural uses-it's all very strictly delineated with villages ending literally across the street from large unspoiled fields and cows grazing. I did see a few "billboards" but even these seemed to be temporary and on wheels, ready to be moved at a moment's notice. I have seen nothing that resembles Rt. 28 heading into Woodstock while I've been here. Maybe that could change in the north but here in the south it's very tidy, no sprawl, no visual pollution, very German like. Of course it goes without saying that every house is in perfect condition, there is not one junk car or old refrigerator to be seen for miles and miles.