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A Walk into Town

7 Aug

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Cortina…pedestrian walkway. The golden color of some of the buildings indicates a shift in culture from the greater Tyrolean influence in the towns to the west. This town feels more Italian, although there is certainly a mix of styles. The church tower has straight sloping sides rather than the onion-shaped variety in Tyrolean towns.

You would think after a long hike in the higher altitudes that I would have been ready for a rest, but I wanted to see Cortina, and I needed to find a bank to replenish my Euros. Directly behind the back lawn of my little hotel there was a bike/hiking trail (paved) that led into the downtown with a 10-minute walk. I went for a stroll.

I walked up the sloping lawn of the quaint Hotel Menardi (which I highly recommend).

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Here I hopped onto the bike path. This path is a old rail line that has been transformed into a greenway. It goes for miles and miles in each direction. Speaking of rails, Cortina eliminated its trains and train station years ago. Public transportation to and from the city is only by bus.

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I got an intimate view of people’s houses and yards as I walked along.

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Before I hit the pedestrian zone there was a tiny little park with this small fountain.

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For the first time on this trip I passed frescoed walls, so Italian.

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I stopped in at the church where the organist was practicing. It was wonderful to hear the powerful sounds resounding through the church.

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Several mountain bikers made their way home through the pedestrian zone late in the day.

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Standing outside the Cooperativa, the big store in Cortina.

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A colorful house, “Ciasa” (chyaza) is house in Ladin.

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These banners represent the various allegiances of the people in this region. From Left to Right:

the flags of Veneto (state), Italy, the European Union, and the Ladin people.

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Sun sets on the rooftops of Cortina.

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On the way back to the hotel the surrounding mountains are lit with late afternoon Alpenglow.

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So glad to be back for the night at my Cortina home, Hotel Menardi.

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17 Responses to “A Walk into Town”

  1. The Rider August 7, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    It is a beautiful place and your photos make it come alive for me, thanks!

    • Rosemarie August 7, 2013 at 5:05 am #

      Thank you for the compliment.

  2. Rosanna August 7, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Sounds like you had a great day! Thanks for taking the time to share your adventures. I love reading about them and the pictures lift the spirit!

    • Rosemarie August 7, 2013 at 5:56 am #

      Thank you so much. I am enjoying reliving my experiences in the comfort of my own home.

  3. The Palladian Traveler August 7, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Rosemarie — Now you’re getting close to my neck of the woods (mountains). Cortina is where rich Italians go to play in summer and winter. Nice pics.

    • Rosemarie August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      You’re lucky to live near this.

  4. Bastet August 7, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Cortina…a beautiful place for visitors! Love our mountains.

    • Rosemarie August 7, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Lucky! Lucky! To live here.

      • Bastet August 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

        Very true…though I live a little further to the south but same provence.

      • Rosemarie August 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

        When I left Cortina for Venice I took the bus to Calalzo to catch the train. The ride to Calalzo was so beautiful and I saw the bike path following along most of the way. I was treated to beautiful spectacular scenery.

      • Bastet August 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

        🙂 it is such a great place, I agree. I think we also have one of the best networks of bike pathes if not in Europe, surely in Italy. We live in a little paradise.

  5. Heyjude August 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Cortina looks delightful and that church is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos
    Jude xx

    • Rosemarie August 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

      I could have stayed there for a while.

  6. Jennifer's Journal August 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Spectacular images! Makes me yearn to go back and see the parts of Italy I missed the first time. Thank you for sharing, Rosemarie. 🙂

    • Rosemarie August 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      The Dolomites is an area not to be missed.

  7. lagottocattleya August 8, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Great mountains and lovely shots of Cortina! You make me want to go…

    • Rosemarie August 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

      I would go back. Thank you for the compliment.

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