This summer records throughout Europe hit all time highs. Here in Austria we had the second hottest July ever recorded. Franz and I needed a respite from the sweltering heat by the Bodensee and headed up to the mountains for some high alpine relief. Although it was still warm the temperature did recede and was quite pleasant. Our destination was the Körbersee in the Bregenzerwald. The lovely sound of cow bells clanging in the distance greeted us as we made our way to the cozy Berghotel Körbersee. It’s located on the cool shores of the small lake of the same name. From our room we had a commanding view of the water and the vertical mountain peaks. We had a wonderful time wading in the lake’s refreshing waters and hiking the numerous trails. The meadows were abundant with blooming flowers, busy bees, and tranquil herds of grazing cows. What a relaxing weekend enjoying the fresh air and mountain life. We’ll definitely be back in winter.