The day did not start all that brilliantly with thick clouds hanging in the Etsch valley, but we were not going to be discouraged, and drove to the village of Verschneid/Frassineto where, according to our map, we were to start our hike.
|View from our hotel at 9:00 on the 10th of May|
A steep ascent followed, leaving us (well, me) breathless and sweaty. We could have stopped there for a drink and a rest, but as soon as we were on relatively even ground again, I regained my breath and we decided to walk on.
|Gentian! I am not sure I have ever come across this Alpine flower in its natural habitat before.|
|Eventually, it was time for a rest and a large, cold shandy!|
|This brown pig was not in any type of enclosure and was free to move between his house and the meadow. It looked at us but kept a safe distance.|
|A curious look at us was all we got. The hay was more interesting than we were.|
This curious formation looks man-made, but it is not. We took these pictures from relatively far apart, but I think you can get an idea of what it looks like:
Before driving back to Gargazzone and our hotel, we stopped at another small town to buy souvenirs for ourselves and our families at home, in the shape of typical products of the region, cheese and bacon.
Driving back to O.K.'s village the next day took us 7 hours with three short breaks, crossing several downpours along the way. It was raining and chilly when we arrived, but to end the holiday on a celebratory note and to say thank you to O.K.'s parents for minding the cottage during our absence, we went to an Italian restaurant with them.
I took the train to Ludwigsburg on Sunday, the 12th of May; the holiday was truly over.