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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Small and white, clean and bright

After many years of looking, we have found Edelweiss in the Dolomites and beautiful it is too. Not surprisingly, this bought on a serious case of Sound-of-musicitis in Carol. Anthony's treatment is the Manic Street Preachers intravenously and a full recovery is expected as soon as we leave the Alps.

We are disappointed how few birds of prey we have seen in Italy. However, we have enjoyed seeing Spotted Fly Catchers on a number of campsites. This delicate and unassuming bird sits on a post and occasionally swings off to, we presume, catch a fly.

Saturday has been spent cycling from Cortina: Mostly uphill, the only direction there seems to be in Italy, but at least there was apple strudel at the top. On the way down we had a very close encounter with an Adder. Fortunately, the pharmacy vending machine has venom remover.

On Sunday we visited the restored mountain trenches from the first world war at 2,200 m. Here the Austrian and Italian armies fought throughout the war and hundreds of thousands of lives were lost. We saw lots of Marmots and even more Edelweiss.

1 comment:

  1. Nightmare:

    Sound Of Music on a Cortina's cassette system with Adder accompaniment.