Thursday, June 14, 2012

AlphabeThursday - The Dolomites

Before we left Bolzano, my brother asked a local resident which was the best road to drive through the Dolomites, on our way to Venice.  The gentleman gave us directions going east and south through a mountain pass that was open.  I'm glad my brother was courageous enough to drive on the twisting roads; it was just beautiful!

I used an app on my smartphone to keep my diary going.  I recommend this to anyone on vacation - it's so helpful to whip out your phone (and camera!) and take notes.  I also took a tiny journal and carried plastic bags with me, where I stored tickets and cards that I picked up along the way.  When I got home, I emailed my diary to myself, so I could cut and paste the days where needed.  Here's what I wrote about our Monday:

Monday, May 28 - Bolzano to Venice
We left Bolzano and headed east into the Dolomites, tremendous mountains in the Italian Alps.  I have a lot of photos - they were hard to shoot unless we stopped, which we did several times.  I bought a cute little clock when we were at the mountain pass.  We got to Venice late because it took so long to drive out of the mountains.  We parked on Isola Nuova, an island devoted to visitors, and took a vaporetto (ferry) in with our luggage.  We're staying at the tip of the Grand Canal in the Accademia section of town, where the museums are.  Had dinner near Saint Mark Basin, what the Grand Canal spills into.  I finally had a pizza (tomato, artichoke, ham, olives) that I shared with mom.  Very good. 

The Dolomites' highest peak is at 10, 964 feet and it has glaciers!  There are lots of mountain climbing and many ski resorts, but because we were there in the Spring, there was snow only at the mountain pass.  Lots of bicyclists and people riding motorcycles.  

Here is a video, halfway up.

And then at the mountain pass:

I was so happy my brother decided to take this side trip to Bolzano and then through the Dolomites.  Actually, he was the one (or so I believe) who decided to take a few more days and go to Venice.  Thanks you, BB!

And thank you for walking down memory lane with me.  You can visit other blogs participating in AlphabeThursday and find out what they were thinking when asked, "D is for .... "


All Unwound said...

GREAT photos! Good tips for keeping travel memories alive. TFS!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Those are some REALLY windy roads! And I love the first photo where you can see the lush green trees and the snow covered mountains :)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Oh wow, stunning photos! I have never been to that part of Europe. Looks gorgeous!

Etsy Blog Team

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Gorgeous photos! I'd be going crazy on those roads!

Sue said...

Wow. Those mountains are awe-inspiring!

Just magnificent.



jfb57 said...

Magnificent and to think they got there all on their own!

Jo said...

those mountains are fabulous!what great scenery! how lucky you were to see such beauty!

Nancy said...

Wow...that's absolutely breathtaking! Gorgeous, gorgeous!

Rose said...

Stunning photos! It's neat that you have those notes and other little mementos (i.e. ticket stubs), too, to go with those photos.

anitamombanita said...

I always love your journal pages. fun to hear about your travels and things you collected along the way for journaling.

Thanks for visiting my blog and taking "the drive" with me. You asked about the TimeLapse app and how it was so steady. I placed the iPhone on the dashboard and wedged it between the dash and the window so it didn't move...pretty fun app. Oh, and the thing that jumped out in front of the truck was a dog chasing a rabbit! crazy!

Sue McPeak said...

Thanks for taking us along on your trip through the Dolomites. Beautiful photos and I loved the journal idea. Venice...a place and country so far from Texas that getting there for me will only happen through folks like you...THANKS!

Blond Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! I never thought of doing a travel art journal--love the idea!

Splendid Little Stars said...

It's so awesome you had such great techy help to keep an account of your trip!
Your trip looks amazing! such gorgeous scenery!

Andy David said...

WoW! The views are AMAZING. The windy roads would make me nervous too, but even I would drive them for for these views. Due to my ridiculous hours, we don't get to travel much, but the last two trips we made, my wife kept the tickets and other paper memories. The travel journal is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Jenny said...

What a delightful place! I would really love to visit the Dolomites!

And I loved your journalling idea!

What a fabulous trip!

I'm glad you're having so much fun!

Thanks for linking!


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