Day 13: The mountain air - breathe deeply!

Trip Start May 30, 2013
Trip End Jun 29, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Trentino-Alto Adige,
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It's late afternoon and I’m sitting on our balcony overlooking the tree covered mountain and I hear the tinkle of the sheep’s bells and baahs, Harvey playing Bach on his guitar and bird’s chirping.  The petunias in their boxes on the balcony are swaying in the light breeze and I have my fleece on so that I feel comfy.

Today!  Woke up this morning and pushed the button to open the sliding shutters of our room and I just said one word – "wow!" -  there is nothing like shocking your senses first thing in the morning when you first open your eyes and see such natural beauty – geez, there’s the mountain, right there! The sun is streaming on the trees, their shadows stretching across a green area that looks like carpet.  If I look to the right through the trees, barely visible, is a church steeple.    I feel so happy.

When we were driving out of our little hamlet of Bulla for the town of Ortisei below this morning, we started to drive down the way we drove up – makes sense, yes?  But this time we really questioned a sign that was in Italian and German and we figured we had better go back and ask Dunia before proceeding.  Oh boy!  That road we took yesterday was closed because of road work (we did wonder about the dirt road and construction trucks yesterday, but it was late and there were no workman around)!  Dunia explained where we needed to drive and we made our way down, always down the narrow road that is a two way road but mostly wide enough for only one car and at times a sheer cliff drop-off!  At one point a truck (!) was coming uphill and somehow Harvey backed up and found an area to pull closer to the mountain, sort of off the road and the truck was able to pass.  We were both all eyes as we retraced our path and made it back up the mountain.   When we’re in a new area, we look for landmarks and we’re glad to have done that in the morning so we could find the roads back.   As I was navigator, I didn’t have my camera on my lap (no distractions – single focus!) so unfortunately no photos – we plan to take a walk in this so very photogenic hamlet of Bulla and we’ll post them. 

Our destination today was the Resciesa cable car.  It took us up 2,000 meters and we walked up to 2300 meters to a dramatic and expressive wood carving of Christ.  At the top, we spoke with a German couple that pointed out that depending upon the direction we could see Austria, Germany, Switzerland and of course Italy.   The views were endless and in particular two dramatic peaks seemed to be reaching for the sky.  Most of the people we met along the way were German speaking and we started to wonder what country we were in – where are the Italians?   Everyone was very friendly – we just didn’t know what language to greet people in along the way.  When we said “bon giorno”, it seemed the response was always in German.  We tried to get the pronunciation in German, but it’s tough for us to get it out correctly.  Now I can’t even remember the word.  Anyway, it made us all laugh.  We stopped at a refuge that has a terrace overlooking the grand panorama and we ordered a beer - our waitress is Ladin, she is from this district and learned Ladin, Italian and German in school.  She told us that in the winter a lot of Russians are coming for skiing and the instructors are now learning Russian.  Very interesting don’t you think?  

As we walking, it became clear that this is a spectacular hiking destination – the views, the well marked and maintained trails, the huts with refreshments and meals, the ease of taking cable cars up to higher elevations and hiking from that point up or down, trails of all levels of difficulty and length.  Wildflowers!  Wood carvings!  Snow-man!  Aside from all of this – I just wanted to breathe – breathe deeply – and breathe deeply more – just let everything about me absorb within.  I imagined how I’d like to just hang up some warm day, find a spot up high, meditate and gaze.  Maybe Harvey could bring his guitar too.  We’ll see.

If I had any concerns about booking us at a hotel that includes breakfast and a fixed plate dinner with Harvey’s dietary requirements, all that is gone.  I had emailed prior to making reservations and inquired and was told that there would be no problem.  So when we checked in yesterday, I was relieved that Dunia asked to go over the dinner menu and inquire as to any adjustments that might be required.   At breakfast this morning, Harvey asked if any of the cheeses were from goat milk which is what he can eat, not cows milk.  Dunia checked and said that there weren’t any but they would call their supplier and see what they could order!  We also reviewed the menu for tonight’s dinner and Harvey & Dunia agreed to a few adjustments.  What a special place Hotel Uhrerhof is.

Just came back from dinner!  Tomorrow, I am promising myself to take photos of each dish to show the artful presentation – for now, listen to tonight’s menu: salad bar, vegetable consommé with veggies (has to be homemade – so flavorful), noodles with salmon and zucchini for me and ziti with tomato sauce for Harvey, medallions of duck, pureed celery, cooked sweet red cabbage, dessert for Harvey was thinly sliced pineapple with warm glazed banana and for me, a very light whipped vanilla ice cream over a strawberry puree.  And small enough portions that we are full but not stuffed.  Yum

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chiuhungchen on

Happy 42nd anniversary, Margie & Harvey!!

HBarry on

Dinner sounds great. A lot different than we had in Sicily. The trip sounds great. I am sorry that we could not continue with you. Happy Anniversary from Karen and me.

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