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A Different type of Pilgrimage – a Tour in Europe with Angels II

July 24, 2014

Our third place to stay was in Resia.

We drove road 96 to Lindau (Germany) and then over the border to Austria. We continued over the Alps towards east.

These roads are located in high mountains and surrounded by breath taking views – except when you drive through tunnels.

Passo di Resia, Reschenpass is one of the passages through the Alps between Austria and Italy.
This road is much smaller than the motorway through Brenner Pass,
so it takes more time to drive, but there is no waiting time to get through it.

Brenner Pass is a long tunnel, and to avoid big accidents, they let just a certain amount of vehicles in. Sometimes you have to wait for hours to get through.
Even though it’s probably the easiest way, I find that tunnel claustrophobic:
The further you drive, the warmer and more polluted the air becomes inside…


Above all, I love the landscapes in Resia,
and the higher you get, the clearer and cleaner air becomes.
It can be around +30c in the valleys before Resia, but up on the mountains it’s much cooler.
Resia is placed between three countries: Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
This area of Tyrol lies centrally in the Alps and embedded between 3000 meter high mountain tops.

Couple of links:

Curon Venosta is the first village. It’s situated by a little artificial lake, Lago di Resia.
You can see a church tower in the middle of the lake, that’s the only remaining structure of the original village, which nowadays lays under the water.
This area is not too crowded by tourists,
there are always some motorcyclists and people who want to trek, ride, hike or bike,
but generally it’s easy to do things without booking or waiting in a queues.

I enjoyed the calm tempo.
We stayed in San Valentino Alla Muta, in a little hotel in a halfway up to mountains, Plagöet.
There is a cow farm just around the corner, and all of the cows have big bells.
You can hear them “treking” between the trees, up to the mountains,
and if you hike, you’ll meet them.

The slope of the mountain side is about 30 degrees, and sometimes it feels that if you take a misstep, you’ll bounce down dozens of meters…at least several.

Before we started our trip, I thought a lot about the area around Plagöet.
I was wondering if we would like it as much as we did last year.

I got a feeling of an Angel who guards over the area.
She is some kind of Nature Angel, situated over a bigger area, taking care of all the elements of the nature in that place.

First day after we arrived, we went hiking.
I still have quite poor condition after all operations, so I didn’t want to climb up towards the top.
I stayed at the first stop, in a restaurant close to the end station of the lift.
There was an outstanding view over the Resia. I could see the both lakes, and hear cars in a valley.

It was quite early, and I was the first guest in the restaurant.
I ordered a cup of coffee.
There were couple of donkeys and goats on the yard, and I could hear the cows.

Sun was shining and it was breezing lightly.
Air was perfectly clear and easy to breath.
It was beautiful and peaceful.

I could feel a strong presence of the Angel, that I had started to paint before we left home.
It’s painted on an oil painting (from 60’s) that I bought from a flee-market.

She was as calm as the surroundings,
but her presence was more like a contrast to the mountains,
She was nursing and soothing.
I could see her helping both people and animals, even butterflies.

There were several persons who bicycled up to lift area that day.
I admired their motivation and physical condition.
On those treks and paths, they really needed Angel help!
I was showed how their Guardian angels and this Nature Angel co-operated:
Sometimes they almost held up a cyclists that he wouldn’t fall and hurt himself.

I don’t think that these people were aware of this help, perhaps they were just enjoying the feeling of flying through the bushes and over the rocks.

We all are allowed to ask help from these Nature Angels,
Every time we are in nature.


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