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Apr 23, 2012 - Headed higher into Italy's south Tyrol

Well we had a disappointing day in the sense that the weather did not cooperate with all of the activities that we had planned. We got up and caught the bus to Castelrotto, a sleepy mountain village northeast of Bolzano. There were some pretty cottages on the way up there, and some imposing mountain vistas, but the town itself was pretty dead. And it was raining. We walked around and looked at a few sights, visited a store of a popular band that originated from this area, then headed up to St. Ulrich or Ortesei. This is a big ski town in...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Colfosco, Vacation from our Vacation

July 7th, Thursday Today it's supposed to rain, so we decided to take it easy, catch up on our laundry, plan the last week of our time in the Dolomites, and secure some hotel accommodations.  We also want to get refugio reservations to take a 2-3 day hike in the northeastern section of the Dolomites near the Austrian border.  We also need to check train schedules from these small towns in order to arrive in Vienna in time to catch our flight to Moscow July 15th. It's presently 3:30 in the afternoon and it hasn't rained yet.  So far, we have...

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Jul 6, 2011 - Colfosco

July 6th, Wednesday, Hike in the Puez Group Today we set off on a longer hike.  Again we take the bus to Gardena Pass and hike north with quite a few others (more hikers than we've seen thus far,) climbing steeply, and over several ridges to reach a very broad rocky plateau pierced, however, by deep canyons.  At each pass or ridge summit there is always the obligatory cross or crucifix, and most peak summits bear the same.  Very religiously observant folk, at least in the past. Most of these shrines are supplications for protection of...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Colfosco

July 5, tuesday, Our first aided hike in the Dolomites Another warm sunny day with breakfast on the patio overlooking the mountains and villages of Colfosco and Corvara in the valleys below.  Love that Italian cappuccino; really gets you started in the morning, though, like the Italians, one feels like one needs several more during the day. Carol picked out a hike for us that looks very interesting and does entail some "via ferrati" portions. We're a little anxious about this since we did not bring harnesses or carabiners, but we read...

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Jul 4, 2011 - Colfosco

July 4th, Monday, On to Colfosco Today we take another bus to the small Tryrolean village of Colfosco. We have to transfer several times and there are delays, but the views are fantastic. These mountain roads are narrow, and switch back up to the passes. It's hard to believe there's enough room for these buses to pass oncoming cars, but we never sideswiped anyone while we were using this form of transportation. I was taking pictures like mad out the bus windows as we wound up and over Passo Gardena. There were many cyclists climbing the...

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Jul 3, 2011 - Hiking in Alp di Siuse

July 3rd, Sunday, Castelrotto We awoke to another bright, pleasantly cool day. We went up to the bus stop to find a bus to Siusi where we intended to take a couple of gondolas to Alpe di Siusi. On the way to the bus stop we heard singing so went up to the square in front of the church to see the whole town decked out in their Tyrolean costume, encircling the priest and his attendants who were under a canopy and facing an outdoor alter at the base of the bell tower. The townspeople were in a large semi-circle around the priest, and...

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Jul 2, 2011 - Castelrotto

July 2, Saturday, On to Bolzano and Castelrotto We left M di Campiglio this morning taking the bus back to Trento, and the train to Bolzano, a prosperous looking town, one of the gateways to the Dolomites.  Unfortunately, I lost my hat on the train, ran to try to retrieve it and tried to open the car door just as it pulled away.  It had been a lifesaver for me in protecting me from the sun.  I found another broad-brimmed hat in town which will do.   We then went through the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology which...

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Aug 22, 2008 - Castelrotto

Castelrotto is beautiful and I am having a great time here. The town is pretty small and there's not much to do if you're not into the outdoors, but it's definitely worth spending a few days in. It feels much more like Austria than Italy; German is the 1st language of most of the people and the architecture, food and climate are much more Germanic than Italian. There is schnitzel, streudal and beer everywhere. It's a good springboard for visiting the Alpi di Siussi. The Alpi di Siussi is a high mountain plateu surrounded by the dramatic...

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