Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Julian Alps--Totally My Thing

Ciao a tutti! Sto avendo il miglior tempo mai in Italia. Lo sci è eccezionale! Ognuno è così gentile e affettuoso. In questo momento siamo in Valbruna ...

Oh fine. I will write in English. But Italian is so fun and dramatic!
 Here is what I said above: 

Hi everybody! I am having the best time EVER in Italy. The skiing here is amazing! Everybody is so kind and loving. Right now we are in Valbruna...
See, you weren't missing out on that much.
Yes, presently we are in a small village called Valbruna right where Austria, Solvenia and Italy meet. Valbruna is in the Julian Alps. And so you know what that means?? Rad skiing!! 

This is a map of where Valbruna is.

Last night we drove here from Venice. We had a spectacular time there too. We exploared the canals, we stayed away from all the tourists (which was really hard because there are so many of them!), we spoke Italian, we went to wonderful museums, we ate at excellent restaurants, and we did many more exciting things! Anna will tell you more about Venice. 

So here in Valbruna, we are skiing, drinking the worlds second-best hot chocolate, and I am reading many wonderful books about Valbruna's history. The book I am reading now is called: Traders not Traitors!  It is about the trading between the Italians, Austrians, and the Solvenians. This has been a trading place since ancient roman times. When traders could only travel by foot, the Alps' geography guided them into this valley.  It was the largest open valley where the Germanic tribes and Slavic tribes could get into Italy. 
The book is really interesting, but it is pretty hard to understand because it is in Italian.
 Here, Anna and I are asking a kind lady to tell us where we are exactly.

This is a map of the Alps. The Alps were formed when the African and European tectonic plates collided. The Alps touch France, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro. They end in Albania by the Adriatic Sea. 

Is anyone else touching the Alps?

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. A warm espresso after a long wonderful ski. 

Totally my thing!

Isn't this view just spectacular! Don't you just want to stare at it all day? I do. This photo calms me. But, ironically, it also puts me on edge!

When Anna and I were here yesterday, we rolled down this hill! It was the BEST THING EVER!!!!!!!

Well,  I hope you all are having a fab time traveling!



  1. Eleanore, I take one look at this post and KNOW it's "totally your thing." There's something about finding a country or a village, to be more exact, that reflects everything about you. You love nature and there are those towering Julian Alps. You love sitting down and chatting with friends and there is that espresso! You love small towns so you can meet people and get to really know them. You love to be thrilled by the unknown and there's that rolling meadow that meets up with those walls of Alps. Thank you for telling me about the ancient trading, too. So interesting how towns are MADE because of geography. Miss you! :) Carolyn

  2. Wow Eleanore! I love that picture. Reminds me of a spot in Switzerland that I dream of going back to someday! Do you speak Italian or have you picked it up on the trip? I had no idea!! Have fun skiing!! Julia

  3. Julia, nice to see you on the blog! :) Thanks for commenting. :) Carolyn

  4. LZ, it is so funny, your mom is soooo right! Remember at the Dragonfly, and Francie Pants and I love the city, and you and Anna love little village in the woods with no electricity? I have a feeling you are going right back over there when you grow up!!

  5. Niki, I do remember that!! You are right! LZ