Night lights…

Ponte di Castelvecchio, Verona
Passi invisibili…
Il silenzio
Empty streets

There are really so many things to see in the city of Verona but this time I would like to share with you some pictures taken while walking home from a very pleasant dinner in a typical Italian (Veneto region) “Trattoria”. But what I am most grateful for was about the opportunity, though brief, to be with persons I care about. Life is a journey… to love or not to. What is the price? I still believe that it is always worth it to have loved than not to have loved at all!

Looking forward for a new day. A promise of new opportunities of joy, hope and love for all!

A statue of an angel outside the “Duomo of Verona – Cattedrale della Santa Maria Matricolare” – one of the most important monuments in the city of Verona.

Val Venegia, (TN), Italy

The day was sunny enough for a walk and to think about having lunch in a very nice and cosy alpine hut for pasture/a place to eat a kind of cheese called “Tosella” made out of the milk from the cows (75) owned by the family renting this “Malga” or to eat some of the typical foods served only in the mountain – although you can also prepare the same recipe at home but strangely, the same food just don’t taste the same!

So after a pleasant walk from the reserved space for parking (an easy walk – 1 hour and 30 minutes, probably my steps were slow due to my need to just breath in the beauty of this truly amazing valley!)… Finally the bridge – at the end of the curve…

” Malga Venegiota”-

The most heartwarming part about this walk was the sight of the beauty of nature (a luxury for those living in the city!) – the sound of the rushing water in the stream filled with water after the heavy rain of the past days, the bright colors of alpine flowers and the color of the dolomite rock of the “Pale di San Martino” – a mountain range in the Dolomites and the dairy cows pasturing and ringing the big bells hanged around their necks making the atmosphere festive.

The flowers and the brightly colored mushrooms seen along the way…
Genziana Verna
Carlina bianca – Carlina Acaulis
These mushrooms were so beautiful I just can’t stop myself from taking pictures of them. Can this be the different growth stages of only one kind of mushroom? Oh! I didn’t get them because aside from not an expert in identifying a comestible from a non comestible mushroom, the picking of mushrooms in this part of the mountain is regulated (a permit is needed to gather it/them).
Oh! after a course about how to identify comestible and non comestible mushrooms and that toxic mushrooms can mutate and grow together with the comestible ones…I decided to buy it from a qualified grocery store. Better be safe than sorry… 😉

I never thought that a flowing stream could produce art…or so it seemed to me.

and a line could bring my eyes towards…


and the same view could be perceived in color or in black and white and still have meaning to it?

Life is a journey.

Often, the most profound meanings of things are explained through silence. AFS

Thank you for dropping by…

Have a wonderful day!

Verona 2020, Italy

Looking for something special and finding more than what I have expected to find…

View from the Torre dei Lamberti.

street view…

Bridges…

Ponte Pietra

View from Castel San Pietro

Castelvecchio, Verona
Porta romana “Borsari” – 1 sec. a. C.

The weather was good, I had time, good company and the whole world to see…

Life is a journey…

Rifugio Coldai, Val di Zoldo (BL), Veneto, Italy

There are places that never fails to amaze me…

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View of the path after 1 hour and 30 minutes from Rifugio Palafavera, Val di Zoldo (BL) –  Veneto region.

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The town of Forno di Zoldo from a panoramic point of “Sentiero” (path)  n. 564.

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Mt. Pelmo – also called “il Trono di Dio” (God’s throne) because of its majestic shape – a little imagination…

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Reaching Rifugio Coldai was already fulfilling but I just can’t miss the opportunity to see once again  this very beautiful glacial lake (only 20 minutes from the alpine refuge) at the foot of Monte Coldai – il Lago Coldai (Lake Coldai) – 2,143 meters above sea level.

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The view is so breathtaking that it feels like being in the midst of Vivaldi’s “Estate” (Summer) – from the “Le Quattro stagioni concerto” (the Four seasons).

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Some alpine flowers…

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At 2,135 meters above sea level…

Looking at life through a grateful heart… ❤️

Wishing everyone a beautiful week!

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Rifugio Vallaccia, Val di Fassa, Italy

Hiking with the right company is one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of nature and to celebrate this year’s “Ferragosto” – A holiday here in Italy, celebrated on the 15th of august,  where families and friends gather together for a picnic. With the pandemic, celebrating it like all these years is a big problem, for me, it is one of these moments when the saying “Who finds a true friend, finds a treasure” gets it’s affirmation!

We took a service van from the parking near a restaurant called “Ristorante La Soldanella” in Pozza di Fassa to “Malga Monzoni” and from there a relatively easy hike to the alpine refuge “Rifugio Vallaccia” which is located at 2275 meters above sea level. Oh! the first part of the path was a little hard (a 400 mt. dislevel) but the view and the silence is what really makes this walk one of the most beautiful that I have ever done  in the Dolomites.

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The flowers and…

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finally… after 1 hour and 30 minutes walk…we finally arrived at the “Rifugio Vallaccia”

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on the way back, a natural rock garden caught my eye…

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and the “Stella alpina” – Leontopodium alpinum (Edelweiss) – a rare and very beautiful flower,  symbol of the Alps.

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I walked more than a hundred mountain trails…

I looked for you hoping to fulfill a dream

I saw rare and beautiful flowers along the way

But in my mind that dream remained

One day, after a long time of searching

I thought I’ll never find you…

I have searched and dreamed of you

Suddenly, in the midst of some alpine flora, on a rock…you were there.

I have found beauty and peace.

AFS 15/8/2020

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