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trish & pat’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 24 Oct 2007

Location: Castelrotto, Dolomites, Italy

MapWe returned here as it was one of our favourite stops 4 years ago on our first trip to Italy. We stayed 4 nights at an agriturismo (farm house) overlooking the majestic Italian Alps. We spent a couple of days hiking in the mountains and it is truly spectacular scenery. The peculiar thing about this region is that whilst it is in Italy, everyone speaks German (a hangover from the 1st world war when Musolini gained control of the area from Austria). They have never accepted that they are Italian and all signs are in both languages – very strange indeed!

Again we saw the first snowfalls here (just can’t get away from it) and the temperature was below zero – great for drinking their local grappa which certainly warms the cockles of your heart as we found out.

We are spending our final week in Europe in the Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast of Italy and hope that the temperatures won’t be quite as arctic. Bring on Thailand for a bit of thawing out!