We got back Monday night from our10 days up in the north among the mountain, near the border of Switzerland and Austria. It was our second time in this area, we don't seem to be exactly a good luck charm, the weather never cooperates with us and for the most of the time a lot of clouds loomed over us, a couple of days with miserable rain, but all in all we really enjoyed the cool fresh alpine air, great food and breathtaking vista, did some hiking despite the dubious weather and also a 50km bike ride all the way across the Vinschgau Valley (Val Venosta). Even though this is a part of Italy on the map, the atmosphere, the language, the custom and the people are decidedly German (or Austrian), so we even learned a bit of German language as well... one of the most striking things for us, coming from Rome, was everything was so unbelievably neat and tidy, even a public toilet in a train station was spic and span!!
We have eaten a bit too much, farm fresh cheese and butter with lovely breads, apple strudels and other wonderful cakes, special locally limited editions of lindt and milka chocolates, specks, just to name a few... but thanks to all the physical activity Cris even lost 1kg (2lbs)!!
It became a sort of special place for us and we are hoping to make regular returns for holidays!!
We have taken a whole bunch of fabulous pics, I would like to share a few here however you can see many more here
This is at the top of "Grawand", one of the highest spots above Val Senales, with the altitude of 3256m (about 10000ft). There was snow everywhere and many people were skiing, but we just hiked up to the peak sweating, thus attired this way...
This is along the bicycling course through the Vinschgau Valley, the area is famous for fabulous apples, and throughout most of the course was like this, through the wall of apples!!
Finally here is some of the typical example of the alpine cuisine... enormous servings of kaiserschmarren (somewhere in between rich omelette and pancakes, bitesized) with cranberry comport, and knodel/canederli, bread dumplings of the alps (each the size of a baseball)!!
Also there are even more pics of this wonderful place to be seen, our collection from the last summer here