I am in Bad Gastein for my mother's birthday. It is not the best place for a vacation if you can not ski. The town is slowly turning into a ghost-town. The center, or as our concierge put it not-much-of-a-center, includes a handful of kitsch-shops and some restaurants, non of which open before after-ski. These isolated shops are surrounded by old hotels, most empty and poorly kept. Supposedly it is too expensive to renovate them, and probably equally important, it makes no difference because everyone who come here now come here to ski. On the other hand, when the rest of the family is up on the slopes, there is no one to disturb me when I
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