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Simon in Dolomites

In 1998 I decided that family Christmases were too DULL, too PAINFUL and generally speaking a BLOODY BAD THING !!

When Page "&" Moy's "Christmas Holidays" brochure dropped on my mat, I saw the chance to combine my love of moutains with my need for a "Christmassy Christmas".  I booked to go to a European mountain region which I did not know; The Dolomites.  We stayed at the community of Fiera del Primiero which is a collection of six hamlets

In the far north of Italy, close to the Austrian border lie the magnificent bare mountain rocks of the Dolomites, so unique in form that the only thing they resemble is The Dolomites.  Much of this area belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire until 1919 and even today there is a wonderful conjoining of Austrian and Italian cultures.

On this Christmas trip, I made my first visit to Bolzano (and went again in Sept 2000).

In September 2000 I stayed at Lake Garda (again with Page "&" Moy) and enjoyed further excursions into this region, including a visit to Bolzano and a trip to see the Marmolata Glacier.

For Christmas 2001 I flew again with Page & Moy, this year staying in The Dolomites at the town of Dobbiaco.  Excursions took us to Bolzano (again), The Dolomites, and Innsbruck amongst others.

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In 2003 I returned again to The Dolomites.  Staying with my sister Biddi at Limone on Lake Garda, I had the chance to take a day excursion to Sass Pordoi.  Two days before our trip the lake had played host to a night long thunderstorm that caused floods next day down in Venice.  But the rain that wet Venice whitened the Dolomites and we had an amazing journey up 28 hairpin bends before stopping to see glorious bright fresh snowfields let by October sunshine.

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The Three peaks above Fiera
Towering above
Fiera del Primiero (1998)

Xmas Day on St Martino
Christmas Day 1998 on
St. Martino

Val Gardena in September
Val Gardena (2000)
Sella Gruppe range on way to Sass Pordoi
Sella Gruppe (2000)
In Cable Car going up sass Pordoi
Sass Pordoi (2000)
Sass Pordoi
Sass Pordoi  (2000)

Just a lovely Dolomite view
The Dolomites near Candini (2001)

The towers of Tre Cimes
Tre Cimes, near Cortina d'Amprezzo (2001)

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A Dolomite Ridge
Cortina Valley
Above Cortina
Above Cortina d'Amprezzo
Looking around Sass Pordoi, October 2003
View around Sass Pordoi
From Sass Pordoi, October 2003
View: Sass Pordoi Oct 2003
28 white Tornantes up to Sass Pordoi
Christmas roads, in OCTOBER
Simon on Sass Pordoi, October 2003
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Simon on Sass Pordoi
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