Last month, the traveller and I took a holiday in Italy just south of the Austrian border in the area known as the South Tyrol. It takes some determination getting there from the UK: two flights, two trains and a taxi, but it is really worth it. The traveller had come up trumps again having scoured Google and Google Earth to find a wonderful spa hotel in a mountain valley with no through traffic i.e. a dead end in the middle of the mountains.
We spent ten days walking up mountains, sitting in the spa relaxing and then eating as much as we could of the seven course dinners. I could write a whole post on those as the food on offer was spectacular; such healthy salads, tender meats and sumptuous deserts, but that will have to wait. I could also write quite a lot about the spa, but as the requirement was for minimum clothing you wouldn’t get many photos!
These children were in their Sunday best, probably on their way back from Sunday School.
Apart from tourism, most people in the valley were dairy farmers. While we were there they were cutting the lower meadows to provide winter food for the animals. A lot of this was done by hand as there were very few flat fields. It looked very hard work. There were quite a few strange wooden structures, called harps, in the area; after much deliberation as to their possible function, we eventually found out they were used, in the past, to dry out food crops.
There were old derelict buildings scattered about the valley, but lots of new building work going on too. We had to take photographs very carefully, to avoid the huge cranes.
Finally, for this post, I think these people have a real sense of humour:
I guess that is what you feel like after calling in for a few pints at a mountain hutte and walking all the way down!