A Day at Bregenz, Austria


At 7:45 a.m., our train arrived. Since our trip was considered local, we rode the Regionalbahn - or area railway.
Jenny and I planned to scale the mountain, named Pfänder, the old-fashioned way: with a cable car!
The maximum capacity for a cable car is 35 people, and one comes to the base of Pfänder every 30 minutes.
Due to fog, we didn't have much of a view going up Pfänder. Most of central Europe's climate has enjoyed these low-hanging clouds for millennia, with only a few days each week showing sunlight.
Halfway up Pfänder, the inside of the cable car was suddenly filled with the warmth and light of the sun, and we could see for miles in all directions.
By far, the snowiest part of the mountain was the peak. Here you can see the station for the cable car and, below it, a restaurant and guesthouse named Farney's.
A little farther down the mountain is another guesthouse. Note the gently sloping roof and wood siding with shutters. This sort of architecture, called chalet, is very common in the region around Switzerland.
This snapshot gives you an idea of how big most of the trees are in this part of Central Europe. Can you find me?