As a youngster, Richard had visited St. Anton with his family and had always spoke fondly of it and as such we decided to visit this area whilst driving through Austria.
Firstly to get there by car we had to drive through the Arlberg Tunnel which is 13976 metres (10.5 miles) long. This was a great tunnel to drive through as the Austrians really know how to build a great tunnel. However after a while of driving through the dark tunnel with its lines of lights along the roof and road I did start to feel as if I was a Jedi Knight trying to guide my X-Fighter down the channels of the Death Star!!!
Our campsite turned out to be 4 miles from St Anton in Pettneu but the views when we opened our tent in the morning were fantastic and to sit and have breakfast al fresco in the summer sun with the Austrian Mountains all around us was beautiful.
There was a pathway along the river where you could walk into St Anton and whilst it took us an hour each way it was such a lovely scenic walk with lots of things to catch our attention that the walk did not seem too long.
St. Anton was fairly quiet the day we walked in (Sunday) and we had a stroll through the main street in the town trying to imagine how busy it would be in the winter months filled with skiers, snow and sparkling lights. The buildings in the town are traditionally Austrian Alpine style with balconies overflowing with colourful and fragrant flowers – and was a lovely setting to sit and have a cold beer and admire the views.