Italian Alps - The Dolomites, lunch time
As we were driving toward Marmolada we spotted this lonely picnic table and just could not pass it by. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch with some of the most amazing mountain views as our backdrop. Sometimes you would almost forget to chew ^L^ (yes, I said almost forget)....
It was surprising to see that this type of roadside stop were few and very far in between. But then you could always find a pasture or meadow to spread a blanket on to have lunch or just a "breather" from the road.
Val Gardena, Italy.
"Pleasant rural scene."
Before I joined VT my search for places to visit was in Travel guides and books. There never was the opportunity tp ask someone who travelled in a certain place, what they would recommend..
So I chose the middle village in Val Gardena, St Cristina and thoroughly enjoyed my choice. The negative was the fact that the visit was in June and as I later found out it was too early for many lifts or Refugios to be open.
Two other two towns were close by, just a bus ride away, St Ulrich to the west and Selva to the east.
My journey to Val Gardena was from the main rail line through the Brenner pass from Innsbruck, I left the train at Brixen/Bressanone and travelled by bus to the Val Gardena.
"St Ulrich, bigger and more touristy"
St Ulrich is the first town in Val Gardena travelling from the west. It is larger and is further away from the imposing mountains and passes to the east. Still a great place to visit, bigger hotels and restaurants.
"Selva/Wolkenstein at the east end."
Selva is within walking distance of St Cristina using a path that used to be the old railway line. So it is level and paved and gives excellent views of the valley and the mountains as the path wanders above the valley.
Selva is a litle larger than St Cristina and is a gateway to the mountain passes that go south to Val di Fassa and east to Cortina D'Ampezzo.