PERTISAU AND THE CHALET SCHOOL BOOKS AND AVE MARIA

We were in Pertisau to see the village that inspired Elinor Brent-Dyer to write the Chalet School series of books.  There is a plaque in the library commemorating this.

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The building that became the school is still standing though it has been empty for some years.

Now empty and surrounded by trees this is the building that became, in the books, the school.
Now empty and surrounded by trees this is the building that became, in the books, the school.

The little church is probably much the same as it was when Elinor visited it in, I think, the 1930s or maybe late 1920s.

Pertisau Church with the ski lift showing as a brown streak down the mountain.
Pertisau Church with the ski lift showing as a brown streak down the mountain.

On our last evening at 6pm I heard music and rushed out. Ave Maria was being played over the loud speakers in the sharp spire of the church.  There was no time to retrieve my digital recorder from my bag so I whipped out my trusty, ever-ready iPhone and recorded the sound.  It was beautiful listening to music that filled the valley with birds doing there best to join in.

 

Earlier we had seen an extraordinary fence made out of split pine and held together with flexible branches.

The split pine was held together by flexible pine branches.  It was strong and firm.
The split pine was held together by flexible pine branches. It was strong and firm.

So then it was back to Salzburg.  Getting to the Hotel was a struggle as all the roads seemed to be closed because of a marathon the next day.  I had to throw through a fit, beat a tattoo on the steering wheel whilst Valerie held her head in her hands.  The guard was so impressed he let us through the final 30 metres.  We had driven past him several times over an hour!!!

The Golden Hirsch was a great place to be for Valerie’s birthday and for our last evening in Salzburg.

 Hotel Golden Hirsch
Hotel Golden Hirsch

The next day we left for the airport and home.

 

PERTISAU

Once we had negotiated the roadworks in Salzburg the journey to Pertisau was very pleasant.  It was strange driving surrounded by mountains and I suppose these were the cause of all the traffic.  Less roads due to mountains so heavier traffic.  To get to Pertisau we drove down the mountain road to Maurach where there was a cable car to the top of Mount Rofan.  We travelled this the next day, the first time on a cable car for me, and it was good fun.  The view down from the mountain was desolate as most of the snow had gone.

View from Mount Rofan
View from Mount Rofan

We could see the edge of Lake Achensee.

In Pertisau we stayed in a very comfortable apartment on the ground floor, the Fortuna.  The family who owned and ran it were extremely friendly and we were made to feel most welcome.  Pertisau was once a small village with a  few shops, a hotel and church.  Now it is crowded with apartments for all the energetic who ski and climb mountains.  As for us, we wanted to wander around and it was great for that.  I was fascinated by the way clouds rolled around the mountains. Pertisau Cloud and Lake AchenseePertisau Clouds, mountains, lake Achensee

Mountain's edge Pertisau
Mountains’ edge
Anthony in his Tyrolean Hat
Anthony on top of Mount Rofan wearing his new Tyrolean hat.
Pertisau Marching band
What a fabulous band leader!
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An amused flute player.

 As well as this natural beauty I found a tourist shop that sold hats and many fitted, some were too big!  Normally I struggle to find one to fit so I had to buy one.  In the Afternoon we drove to the cable car at the foot of Mount Rofan in Maurach.  On the way we had to stop for a band marching to the beat of a single snare drum.  I love the sound of a drum and the band looked great.  Later we were to hear them playing from the other side of the lake.  Here they were just marching amused by the Englishman with his iPhone camera.