Friday, 12 June 2009

VISIT TO THE DOLOMITES

Me in the snow after the cablecar ride to the top

After a coach trip via Riva (a town with much history possibly inhabited since prehistoric times, ruled by the Lombards, Franks, Saxons and in the 13th century a part of the Holy Roman Empire, the Venetians and onwards), we travelled on through the Soave wine valley and followed the river Alvisio through the Latemar Rango.

On the way we stopped at a village (if my notes are correct named Moena) reknowned for its wood carving. Here is one I came acrosss roaming the side streets.

Then on through the Pordoi Pass and up to the cable car to the top of the snowy Dolomites.
One of the many views coming down in the cablecar with Sasso Lungo in the background

On coming down the cablecar we noticed some gentian growing near the bottom and nipped round to photo before reboarding the coach.

Gentian growing in the Dolomites ........... Wild flowers on our journey everywhere

We then drove on through the Sella Pass to the three peaks of Sasso Lungo (3181) and a long stop to look at the views before a two and a half hour drive back to Limone.

I have many more photos of spectacular scenery but did not want to bore you all, but would like to add one of the Castle at Malcesine I told you we went to by boat to listen to a classical concert. Silhouetted because it was a late evening trip. The rocks in the background are across the lake behind Limone.
I hope all the photos can be enlarged by the usual click.

7 comments:

Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks so much for sharing your stunning pictures. What a trip!

RHCarpenter said...

Enjoyed seeing the photos of your trip, Joan. You didn't look warmly dressed for all that snow but I'm sure it was a quick trip there and back down to warmer climes :)

Candy said...

Lovely. What a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years together.

Margaret Ann said...

The photo of you is fabulous...What a spectacular setting...This is a trip which will last surely long in your heart...breathtaking photos! :)

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

It was a very special day within a very special week in Italy. Could not have chosen better to celebrate our 50th together.

Robert A Vollrath said...

50 years together how wonderful and you could never bore me with your photos.

Peggi Habets said...

Fantastic photos! Thank you for sharing. I'd say that's a worthy celelbration for 50 years. Congratulations.