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And the Rains Came

23 Jul

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The threatening skies made it look like we were in fact on Golgotha. At this point we began to make our way back down the trail to the chair lift. Climbing up had been taxing on the leg muscles, but going down created great stress on the knees, and there was always the possibility of slipping on the loose scree. We wanted to be back before the skies opened up.DSC_0652

It was always a little adventure to get on the chair lift. The three of us stood in place and the chair lift came up behind us and scooped us up. I liked the knowledge that there was a safety net in case someone didn’t quite make the seat.

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We could look right into a garden, a lovely garden as we reached the town station.

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The rain held off until we were almost to the car. We piled in and Donatella drove us to San Martino where the Ciastel di Tor houses the Ladin Museum. Surrounded by mountains the Ladin culture has survived for centuries. Ladin language is taught in the schools and there is a great sense of national pride among the Ladin population. By the time we arrived at the museum the rain was coming down hard and the ground was soggy.

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Inside we found some very modern Ladin woodcarvings.

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Ciastel di Tor

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A typical cooking hearth from the past.

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Here is the only Edelweiss I ever saw, one made of silver in a traditional jewelry style.

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Wooden toy making.

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Traditional painting of chests and wardrobes.

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Back once more in Colfosco we said our goodbyes to the lovely Donatella, since Marion would take over as guide for the remainder of the hike.

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7 Responses to “And the Rains Came”

  1. StillWalks July 24, 2013 at 6:41 am #

    I can’t cope with the idea of those chair lifts. Not liking heights, I would have Togo up on foot. Looks a great place though, so the climb would be worth it maybe.

    • Rosemarie July 24, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      I am deathly afraid of heights in some situations. However, I don’t seem to be troubled by the chair lift. I feel secure with the bar holding me in.

      • StillWalks July 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

        I must try it sometime. I always try to ignore what I expect to happen and try anyway but every time I start reeling. It’s not fair 😦

      • Rosemarie July 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

        Soon I will post the photos I took atop Lagazuoi. You should have seen me gingerly baby stepping around and hanging on to the rail for dear life. And the truth is I was probably more secure there than on the chair lift. Who can understand how the mind works?

      • StillWalks July 24, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

        Not too much camera shake then eh? 🙂 I look forward to seeing those.

  2. magreenlee July 24, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Love the Ladin woodcarving!
    Pity about the rain, but perhaps it was better than 35C temperatures

    • Rosemarie July 24, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      The rain held out while we were hiking. It didn’t really start to pour until we were down and back in the car.

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