Still raving about the Dolomites

We left the Dolomites, early one morning when it was -6 degrees, after the most amazing 9 days. All of Italy is very beautiful but for some reason the Dolomites really won us over. I think it was a combination of things that made for such a great time:

The most beautiful scenery; I’ve already raved about snow-capped chalets, picture-perfect majestical mountains, blue skies, crisp clear air …

An awesome place to stay; We had a cosy apartment in La Villetta, a gorgeous little chalet decorated in traditional style, right on the slopes in the small town of Colfosco.

Staying put in one place; After quite a few weeks tripping about, it was awesome just to chill out for 10 nights. We didn’t have anything to do, see or organise. We just skied!

Having an apartment; In our family, before a day of skiing, there is always a bacon and egg breakfast, cooked by Andy. Being able to carry on with this tradition as well as come “home” at the end of the day to chill was brilliant. Easy dinners in and early nights are just what we need after a day on the slopes.

Catching up with friends; For the second time on this trip, by chance, we got to catch up with old friends from home. Friends we never see back in NZ. Skiing together was such a treat. Hopefully one we will repeat!

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Doing something we all love; One of us loves walking, looking and shopping. Another likes to read all the information in museums and galleries and another likes to take things pretty easy, with any activity punctuated by equal time to relax and chill. It’s a fine art getting the balance right. But we all love skiing.

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And of course, last but not least;  Lots of snow, what felt like unlimited kilometres of trails, a huge variety of lifts (including gondolas with heated seats) and slick “refuges” for delicious food, espresso and mulled wine throughout the day. We loved being able to ski between villages, to a particular restaurant for an end of day drink and then home in the twilight. We loved coming across tiny churches, having to cross roads that fell within our path or skiing over or under them! We did the Sellaronda twice, once each way, and went to the top of the Marmolada at 3,265 metres. And we did it together.

We had such an amazing time here. We will definitely be back to ski, but first we’ll be back to experience this majestic spot in summer. It looks like it could be even more stunning when the grass is green and the flowers are blooming. If that’s possible!

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