Monday, 28 February 2011

A Perfect Week in the Dolomites


We did it again! Another winter skiing vacation in the Italian Dolomites is behind us.


It was a week of a clear blue sky, beautiful vistas and excellent skiing. The sun was shining like crazy and only on the last day we saw a couple of small white clouds somewhere on the horizon.


We stayed at our standard apartment we adopted over the years. Civetta has been the area of our choice for some time now and we are still not tired of it.


Nevertheless each year we go check out another nearby ski area. This year we voted for Cortina d'Ampezzo and tried most of the slopes. Cortina is also called "Queen of Dolomites", but I got an impression that this queen is getting a bit old and many "princesses" in the neighborhood are trying hard to take the crown away from her.


Some facilities already seem a bit out of date and it looks like the old glory has faded a little over the years.
Despite all that we had a great time there. Especially those slopes at higher altitudes are truly stunning.


The two photos published in this post are from Civetta ski area.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Visiting Venice Carnival this year?


If you want to see The Venice Carnival in full glory, you might still just make it in time this year. However, you should make a quick last minute reservation. Since most of the accommodations (at least the really good and affordable ones) might be already taken, I suggest you book something in a city nearby. Then you can take as many day trips you want into the Floating city.


Official dates for this year's carnival activities are from the 19th until the 20th of February and from the 26th of February till the 8th of March 2011. For all additional information (in case you don't find it on my blog) visit the official website of the Venice Carnival 2011.



Despite the fact a week ago I was driving practically by the city, this year I decided to skip this event altogether. I wrote about the cities main turn-offs this time of year in this post.
If you didn't click on the suggested link let me just sum it all up in a six letter word: CROWDS.


If for any reason you also won't make it to Venice this year, you might at least scroll through some nice photos I took in this photogenic little city - they may just make you change your mind in the last moment. To open my other posts related to Venice, simply click on the Venice label on the right.


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