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Sick Day in Ortisei

19 Jul

Here is the beginning of the post I tried to make in Ortisei my second day in the Dolomites:

Apparently my body wasn’t ready for six hours of hiking on Seiser Alm yesterday, because I got very sick with a bad cold. The next day I couldn’t hike at all, and stayed in bed most of the day. When the sun rose higher in the sky and things warmed up, I sat on the terrace sunning and looking up at Sasso Lungo towering above. If I had to be sick, at least this was a beautiful place to relax.

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Late in the afternoon I meandered down the path into Ortisei to find a pharmacy. In this beautiful mountain town I had to play the tourist as well. I took many photos, got my medicine, and then did something that I swore I wouldn’t do on this trip. I bought souvenirs, carved wooden boxes to send back home as gifts.

Here is the beautiful Hotel Grones, a four-star establishment. It is green. When I got off the elevator, the dark hallway came alive with light, and as I walked down the hall to my room the lights went on ahead of me. I love that technology. There was a metal shade activated by a button in my room that completely covered the wall-sized picture window. At night it didn’t allow any outside light in and the privacy was complete.

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On the pathway to town I passed this statue at a small playground.

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Almost there.

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Though I was in Italy, all the buildings looked Tyrolean.

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Here is the shop where I spent a wad of money purchasing small carved wooden boxes, as they call them, Schmuckkassetten.

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Another lovely little chapel in the center of town.

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And its interior.

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I crossed the bridge to the other side of town. The bridge is also adorned with flowers, just like all of the buildings and windows.

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Pharmacies in Europe are recognized by the green cross. I was glad to find medication for my cold and a big package of Kleenex.

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The center of Ortisei is picturesque and colorful.

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Here is the store clerk with my purchase of wooden jewelry boxes. I am still awaiting its arrival in the States.

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The onion domes on the churches are beautiful.

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A wood carver’s shop along the path back to the hotel. This valley, the Val Gardena, is widely known for its beautiful woodcarvings.

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When you are in the mountains, it is necessary to climb a lot of steps to get where you want to go.

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Everyone in the Dolomites dresses their windows with colorful flower arrangements.

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Across the road from the hotel, the farmers were hard at work pitching hay.

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And back home at Hotel Grones again, a very comfortable place to rest my stuffy head.

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6 Responses to “Sick Day in Ortisei”

  1. Heyjude July 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    It all looks very picturesque, and I am sure I would not have been able to take such lovely photos suffering from a cold. They always seem worse to me when the sun is shining! The interiors of those churches look very elaborate with so much gold, I assume they are left unlocked too?
    Jude xx

    • Rosemarie July 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      Unlocked at least during the daytime.

  2. NW Frame of Mind July 20, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    What a beautiful area! I would have broken my rule and bought the wooden boxes too. 🙂
    Lisa

    • Rosemarie July 20, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      This was the first place where my resolve weakened. It weakened again later.

  3. monica July 21, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Gorgeous, and so clean everywhere! How on earth could you leave?
    I’m crazy about those green shutters with the red window flowers.

    • Rosemarie July 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      They are beautiful and quaint, aren’t they?

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