Wrapping up a beautiful week traveling in the Dolomite mountain region of Northern Italy. These mountains are very scenic with their rugged spires; very dramatic scenery everywhere you look. Below this shot of a village puts the large mountains in perspective. (Please click photos for larger view)
I had a couple of opportunities to go hiking (when there wasn’t too much snow). This beautiful 3 hour hike only had a couple of people that I passed all day. It was gorgeous but also very windy.
I had to go over a lot of passes, many of them still covered in snow. This one started to snow before I got over the pass.
Here is a shot of my van/home on the pass with a huge snowbank in the background.
While it was quite snowy in places, there was some nice weather and signs of spring coming out.
Here was a nice sunset on a beautiful mountain. I stood in some very strong winds for 2 hours to get the shot but I feel it was worth it.
I came across one of the most beautiful emerald green lakes that I’ve ever seen. It really was stunning.
After spending a rough night sleeping in the city (too much traffic going by to sleep well), I went up a mountain to relax and stumbled upon this oompah band playing in the village. So much for napping as I had to listen while having a nice beer and weisswurst.
One of the towns that I visited is called Cortina D’Ampezzo and they hosted the 1956 winter olympics. You can still see remnants of the games throughout the town.
Well, a gorgeous part of Italy that I need to visit again in the future. So much more to see, maybe when there is a little less snow. Ciao!