A week’s pause in Jacqueline’s study timetable was the excuse to visit friends in Südtirol. We drove down to Meran via the Vereina Tunnel (a car transport train or “rolling highway”, quaintly referred to as a “ferry” by our Tom Tom navigator!), as the passes were still closed for winter. Meran was a pleasant surprise and we had wonderful weather the whole time. Freddy was a great tour guide and showed us parts of Südtirol that we would never have found on our own, such as the oldest vine in the world, and a restaurant on the hill above Burgstall with a splendid view of the valley. A visit to the beer garden of the local brewery, Forst, with Andrea and Nelly (the dog) was not missed. Likewise the beautiful botanic garden in Meran. We also visited Bolzano (Bozen) and spent a day on the panoramic footpaths above Meran and Algund, seeing several castles and churches. The food was uniformly good, with a choice between Austrian and Italian, as one would expect from the history and location. We rounded off our trip with a visit to the new Puni Distillery in the beautifully preserved medieval town of Glurns.