17.09.2016 - 18.09.2016 14 °C
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!