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.

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.


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


Almost there.


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


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


Another lovely little chapel in the center of town.


And its interior.


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.


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


The center of Ortisei is picturesque and colorful.


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


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.


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


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


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


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




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. 🙂

    • 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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