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I’m in Italy!

30 Jun

I'm in Italy!

After more than seven hours on the train, there is nothing like a delicious dinner to revive you and make you feel like a person again. Here is my table at the Blue Moon sidewalk restaurant in Bolzano, Italy. When we passed through the Brenner Pass today we left the clouds behind, and this evening was breezy and languid, shirt sleeve weather. Let me describe my evening meal. Salad: arugula with cherry tomatoes and cherry mozzarella; main course: lamb chops with roasted potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms in season. Then I walked some of that off while enjoying a scoop of coffee gelato.
Bolzano is down in a valley surrounded by steeply sloping vineyards on all sides. And as I had learned previously, all signs are in two languages–German and Italian, but almost everybody speaks English, the international language. It is unfortunate for me, because I really would like to practice my German.
Here I am enjoying my main course:

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I have a very slow Internet connection in my hotel, so there will only be several photographs.

High end shopping in Der Lauben, but not the reason I am here.

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Beautiful Italianate frescoed buildings, but not the reason I am here.

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Picturesque narrow streets, but not the reason I am here.

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Fertile valley of vineyards, but not the reason I am here.

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Look above the traffic and buildings and you will see the reason I am here. The Dolomites are calling to me and I will get to know them tomorrow.

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25 Responses to “I’m in Italy!”

  1. The Palladian Traveler June 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm #

    Benvenuti!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. ladyofthecakes June 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    I love the Dolomites… I get goosebumps every time I look at a picture of them. It’s been almost ten years since I saw them in the flesh, as it were. There’ll better be plenty of pics, slow internet or not! 😉

    • Rosemarie June 30, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      My pointer finger is ready for its job.

      • ladyofthecakes June 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

        And zooooom zooooooooom zooooooooooooom that lens!!! 😉

  3. Pat Kozemski June 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    That’s the problem with mountain vacations. You get started, hiking, or bicycling, which draws you away from all of the fantastic scenery. That’s why you need to rest a lot to take pics, then, pay particular attention to your feet and where you are stepping so you don’t injure an appendage. That’s all I’m say’in!

    • Rosemarie June 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm #

      I’m hoping my expensive boots and hiking poles will keep me upright.

  4. mamacormier June 30, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    I’m glad that the weather has turned around for you. Should be good hiking ahead.

  5. Susan June 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Wish I was there with you!!! We’re cheering you on from afar!! : )

    • Rosemarie June 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Keep cheering. The hard part starts tomorrow.

  6. Linda Arthur Tejera June 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Wow! And now I feel like I’m in Italy, too! (Kinda sorta!) great pics….

  7. ruthincolorado June 30, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

    You are so close! How does it feel?

  8. john e. anglin July 1, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Give me an H, h, give me a I, i, give me a K, k, give me an E, e. HIKE, Hike, hike.

    • Rosemarie July 1, 2013 at 4:53 am #

      Now the physical work begins. The beauty will keep me going.

  9. Heyjude July 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Impressive mountain range, and I liked your teasers… happy hiking, I hope the weather remains fair for you.

    • Rosemarie July 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Beautiful weather today. STEEP hiking paths up to the Seiser Alm. Scenery is unbelievable.

  10. Reggie July 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    What a delicious supper, your description has made me quite hungry.

    Yay! There come the mountains at last! 🙂

    • Rosemarie July 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      I have not been able to post anything on wordpress for the last three days.

      • Reggie July 4, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

        Yes, I noticed – and I have been wondering about that. Glad to hear that you are alright though.

  11. bonitagringuita July 10, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    Stunning!! I feel like I am traveling with you!

    • Rosemarie July 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

      I am sorry that I have not been able to continue posting, because I have not had access to a strong Internet connection. Now in Salzburg I have only a few more days in Europe. I don’t know if I will be able to make further posts until I arrive back home. Once I am home though I will fill in the blanks. Thank you for the compliment. Rosemarie

      • bonitagringuita July 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

        No worries! Enjoy and post when you can!

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