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Refugio Fuciade to Latches (Laces)

Day 20-21

semi-overcast 14 °C
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Awoke to the first snow fall of the autumn – what a fabulous sight, if a little on the chilly side after the amazing temperatures we’d been experiencing.
90_IMG_PassPordoi.jpg Wallaces were heading to Colico on Lake Como, Cattells staying in Arabba another couple of days, and the Milnes and ourselves were heading to a refugio in the hills behind Marmolada. So after a long round of goodbyes over coffee we headed down the mountain, around a lake and up into the hills again towards the S. Pelligrino pass. Not far from the top we dived off onto a ‘local’ road that swiftly turned to gravel and proceeded through pine forest to the most stunning alpine meadow scene where our ‘rustic’ OMG accommodation for the night awaited, accompanied by a 5 star restaurant!
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Had a lovely stroll around the alpine meadows – Phil the horse whisperer charming some local horses (unknown talents), before we moved onto a wine in our little renovated chalet and then headed up to dinner in the main Refugio. Needless to say the evening was a culinary success – venision, chicken, pasta, mushrooms, beef cheek etc. We then waddled back to our beds for the night. Such a wonderful special place, thanks to Mario for pointing us there.
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A late start to the day – but the weather was once again not so pleasant, bit of drizzle and cooler, so we packed up after a long breakfast and headed down the pass towards Moena for a coffee before Phil and Cathy headed off towards Canazei and we started our journey to Colico on Lago Como.
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Well, we happened upon the festival of the return of the cows/sheep/goats from the alpine pastures to the town in Moena. It was magical, all in national/regional costumes – shame the rain was still around but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. Said goodbye until Tuscany to Phil and Cathy and headed off towards Bolzano/Merano to find a wee place for the night. Back down into apple orchard area now, rows and rows of espaliered trees heavy with red or yellow fruit.
Stopped for a break at Laces and ended up staying the night at a B&B. Beautiful area, Italy but German speaking. Took us a bit to catch on, as we were still trying to get into Italian up and running (such as it is) after our 2 weeks in Germany trying to do Danke – Bitte!
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Posted by EMTHOMSON 21:56 Archived in Italy

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