Posted by: 2 Travelers | May 21, 2013

Mountain Day

We are fast learners….left early today for a circle drive to the north…total miles, 33. We wanted to beat the afternoon showers….and we did!!!! No rain until 5 pm and we were back in Tolmezzo.

Our first stop was in a mountain village called Ligosullo…very tiny and very neat. We also walked the half mile or so to the next village from which we sketched what we saw in this photo. The sun was in and out. Yes, the road is narrow…..but nothing like the next 6 km.

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Our next stop was Paularo….the road was mostly one lane, descending from the 3,000 ft pass, switchbacks that were more than 180 degrees, rock on one side and not always a guard rail on the other. Yikes! Glad we did not meet another car. Here is our first glance of Paularo.

20130521-120017.jpgAnd as we were almost there.

20130521-120126.jpgThe church is really not falling, but the photo was taken from inside the car…in a hurry. From the church, here is the view to the south of the valley.

20130521-120329.jpgThose clouds actually passed right over and this is on our way back to Tolmezzo.

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Keeping with Friulian tradition, we had our noontime Bicicletta, then ate at the trattoria where we had our drink. We were about 4 miles from Austria and we had a choice of 2 kinds of pasta, 2 kinds of beef…..we chose the beef that was like Schnitzel and it was soooo good. Something different. We also,had a bucket of fries and ate every bit of ’em!

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Tomorrow we leave here and return to the Veneto region….and more mountains. We hope for good weather as we will drive through the area we could not see Sunday because of rain and fog.

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