Italy

The Mountain is on its Side

Posted on October 22, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Travel - Stratification 2This mountain in the Italian Dolomites had huge vertical lines of rock.  The mountain was very forcibly pushed onto its side at some point in its past.  The glaciers look to be still, but they are powerful movers, and any rock in their path better watch out!

I think the colors and patterns of the pushed rock is interesting to look at.

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Isaiah 64:1      Oh, that You would rend the heavens and come down, That the mountains might quake at Your presence…

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The WWI Tunnels at Lagazuoi

Posted on October 17, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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“In 1915, Italy entered the war joining the Allies of Britain, France, and Russia. At this time, the Dolomites were still a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a member of the opposing Central Powers. Until the end of 1917, the Austrians and Italians fought a brutal mountain war here.  Not only were they fighting each other, trying to gain control of peaks for artillery and line-of-sight advantages, but also against the fierce climate and verticality of these mountains.”  From Dolomitemountains.com

There is some fascinating history here.  One can descend the whole mountain in these tunnels, but that didn’t appeal to me.  Just looking into these cold, dank spaces gave me the shivers!  I could imagine the poor men who had to create and live in these tunnels all the while battling an enemy that wanted to kill them and the brutal mountain weather.  It’s sad that such awe-inspiring landscape was the scene for such awful human enterprise.  I’m glad that it’s all about tourism now.

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Misty Monte Baldo

Posted on October 14, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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This was one of our all-time favorite hikes.  There were sheer cliffs down the mountain and misty updrafts from the lake below – eerie!

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The bad part was racing down the mountain through farm fields after this amazing section in order to catch the ferry back across the lake.  Leave early so you can savor this gorgeous hike!

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Paragliding on Monte Baldo

Posted on October 13, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

Travel - Paragliding 1I summited Monte Baldo!   Thanks to the funivia (cable car) from the nearby town of Malcesine, lying on the Lake Garda, it was quite easy!

Then we got to watch these paragliders taking off high over the lake.  It was really interesting to watch them waiting for the signal from the leaders and the perfect wind.

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After this we got some amazing views hiking.  I will post these shots next.

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Happy Picture

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Health, Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Just looking at a shot like this on a crazy, hectic day like today when I am back home can change my perspective for the better.  There are mountains, wide-open spaces and trails to follow in the world!

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Olive Wood Workshop

Posted on October 11, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Poetry, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Hand tools

A focused lamp

A small lathe to turn wood

Half-done projects

Oh olive tree!

What a boon you are!

Olives

Rest for birds

Green oil

Roots that hold the hillside.

Dense wood

With beautiful grain

That speaks

To the craftsman’s hands.

He comes

He holds the heavy wood

and he works it.

Spoons

Bowls

Platters

All come from his tools

And his hands

Here in this workshop.

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Tor Des Geants (Tour of the Giants)

Posted on October 10, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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We happened to be in Courmayeur, Italy for the finish of the Tor Des Geants, a grueling 205- mile endurance race.  It covers mountainous terrain with almost 79,000 feet of elevation gain over the 150 hours the athletes have to complete the course.  What a thrill to cheer on the completers coming in late in the day!  Completing the race is quite an accomplishment all by itself, but the winner’s time of 70 hours was astonishing.

I was eager to get to the internet to find out all about this world-class event.  These are the kinds of serendipitous occasions that make travel so interesting!

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Some Funny Things We Saw in Italy

Posted on October 8, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Being a weiner dog owner I had to shoot this sign!

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This was a hand-painted mini.  We thought they did a pretty good job with the camo!

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Translation:  “Beware of the dog and the owner”

Yowsa!  That might make a criminal think twice!  (I was curious and looked it up; it is legal for Italian citizens to own handguns so it could be true.)

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Decaying Villa

Posted on October 7, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Photography, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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This was a crumbling villa in the picturesque little town of Orta San Giulio, Italy.  These decaying villas are all over Italy.  This one was fun to inspect close up.  I love how the ferns have made themselves at home on the roof.  I can’t help but imagine what lives were lived in these walls.  And how could such a spectacular home right on Lake Orta stand abandoned?  Like anything, I guess, the funds to keep it up got to be too great.  I find it beautiful even in its decay.

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The Beautiful Italian Specialty Shop + Dog!

Posted on October 4, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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This beautiful and multi-colored hat shop in Cortina, Italy is typical of the beautiful displays you find of merchandise in specialty shops there.Travel - Italian Shop 2 Travel - Italian Shop 3

Travel - Italian Shop 4That’s White Devil, the sweetest little dog who belongs to the shop owner.  He comes and goes as he pleases!

Even this fresh pasta shop has the wares displayed enticingly in the front window.

One can actually window shop in small towns in Europe!  It’s mostly a lost pleasure back home.

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