Euro Ski Trips

Monday, February 5, 2018

1st Payment Reminder

Just back from spending a glorious week in N. Truro on the Cape.  Nothing can beat those sunsets over Provincetown.

So, now that our annual Cape vacation is over, we’re seriously turning our thoughts to Flims in March and getting more excited as the days get closer.

This is just a reminder to let you all know that your deposit is due by September 1, 2009.  Deposit should include $500 plus 6% insurance for the entire trip. Fill out the bottom of page two of the flyer and mail that with your check and a copy of your passport.

You can download the flyer at www.euroskitrips.com/Trips/Flims10/Flims10PDF.php

We’ve been watching the Flims video link on our website over and over and are really getting psyched.  Hope to see most of you in March.

Also, if you’re coming up to Mt. Snow, let us know so we can ski together.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call us.

 

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Monday, February 5, 2018

1st Payment Reminder

Just back from spending a glorious week in N. Truro on the Cape.  Nothing can beat those sunsets over Provincetown.

So, now that our annual Cape vacation is over, we’re seriously turning our thoughts to Flims in March and getting more excited as the days get closer.

This is just a reminder to let you all know that your deposit is due by September 1, 2009.  Deposit should include $500 plus 6% insurance for the entire trip. Fill out the bottom of page two of the flyer and mail that with your check and a copy of your passport.

You can download the flyer at www.euroskitrips.com/Trips/Flims10/Flims10PDF.php

We’ve been watching the Flims video link on our website over and over and are really getting psyched.  Hope to see most of you in March.

Also, if you’re coming up to Mt. Snow, let us know so we can ski together.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call us.

 

Posted By Allan Douglas at 4:16 PM Labels: flims/laax, trip 2010, european ski trips Add Comment closed Comments (2)
Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting Some Offers Back for March 2015 Trip

We have offers back from two of the areas we sent inquiries to.

The areas that have replied so far are  Alpe d'Huez, France, and Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. We added Madonna because we haven't heard from Sauze d'Oulx so we wanted to make sure an Italian area was on our search.

 

recent_optimized.jpgIn Alpe d'Huez we are looking at le Hotel Castillan. The Alpe d'Huez trip will include 2 nights in Lyon, France to relax after skiing our butts off.

 

 

 

slidemadonnadicampiglio_la_sera.jpgIn Madonna di Campiglio we are considering the Miramonti Hotel. After skiing at Madonna di Compiglio we will spend two days in Verona, Italy.

 

For both trips above we will be flying Lufthansa airlines out of Logan airport in Boston, MA. We will be leaving on Friday night March 14th, 2015. with the time depending on which trip is chosen. We would return to Logan on March 23rd, 2015, also time depending on the trip chosen.

 

We are still waiting on 2 other offers; one from Austria and 1 from Andorra. Once we have all the offers, we will make a decision and post that information and update the website. So stay tuned.....

 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting Some Offers Back for March 2015 Trip

We have offers back from two of the areas we sent inquiries to.

The areas that have replied so far are  Alpe d'Huez, France, and Madonna di Campiglio, Italy. We added Madonna because we haven't heard from Sauze d'Oulx so we wanted to make sure an Italian area was on our search.

 

recent_optimized.jpgIn Alpe d'Huez we are looking at le Hotel Castillan. The Alpe d'Huez trip will include 2 nights in Lyon, France to relax after skiing our butts off.

 

 

 

slidemadonnadicampiglio_la_sera.jpgIn Madonna di Campiglio we are considering the Miramonti Hotel. After skiing at Madonna di Compiglio we will spend two days in Verona, Italy.

 

For both trips above we will be flying Lufthansa airlines out of Logan airport in Boston, MA. We will be leaving on Friday night March 14th, 2015. with the time depending on which trip is chosen. We would return to Logan on March 23rd, 2015, also time depending on the trip chosen.

 

We are still waiting on 2 other offers; one from Austria and 1 from Andorra. Once we have all the offers, we will make a decision and post that information and update the website. So stay tuned.....

 

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Recent Day at Mount Snow

We had the good fortune to ski Mount Snow on a sunny blue bird day, a couple of days after the epic storm we received over the weekend.

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The start of the bluebird day on the BlueBird Express, of course.

 

As usual, the slopes were groomed to perfection -- and no one was skiing (well maybe 3-4 people) the Sunbrook area.

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Saaaawwwweeeettttt!

 

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From one mountain to another -- atop Mount Snow looking at Mt. Greylock, Adams, MA


All in all, another wonderful day on the slopes of Mount Snow -- thanks guys......

 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Skiing Mount Snow

Spent a wonderful morning yesterday at Mount Snow.  Snow was great and the trails were groomed so we could enjoy every inch of the trails that were open.  Some blown in powder on the edges made it even more fun.  Mount Snow is cranking the snow guns with all these cold temps that Mother Nature is providing.  We were glad for the Blue Bird lift and its bubble this am as the winds were blowing from mid way up.  Many people we rode with expressed the same thought:  the Blue Bird Express is the best lift on days like this.

 

Today, Thursday, December 12, is Founder’s Day at Mount Snow, celebrating Mount Snow’s birthday and its legendary founder Walter Schoenknecht.  A limited number of $12 lift tickers were available on line and today’s ticket price is only $49!

 

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The start of a blue bird day to celebrate Mount Snow's birthday / Founder's Day.

 

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Skiing Mount Snow

Spent a wonderful morning yesterday at Mount Snow.  Snow was great and the trails were groomed so we could enjoy every inch of the trails that were open.  Some blown in powder on the edges made it even more fun.  Mount Snow is cranking the snow guns with all these cold temps that Mother Nature is providing.  We were glad for the Blue Bird lift and its bubble this am as the winds were blowing from mid way up.  Many people we rode with expressed the same thought:  the Blue Bird Express is the best lift on days like this.

 

Today, Thursday, December 12, is Founder’s Day at Mount Snow, celebrating Mount Snow’s birthday and its legendary founder Walter Schoenknecht.  A limited number of $12 lift tickers were available on line and today’s ticket price is only $49!

 

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The start of a blue bird day to celebrate Mount Snow's birthday / Founder's Day.

 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bologna - Day 13

Bologna - Day 13 - Sunday - Pizza day for us!  We saw a few pizza shops  during our wanderings the last couple of weeks that had crowds around them, so we decided to taste-test ourselves.  The first place had thick crust pizza that was incredibly good.

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Thick crust sausage and cheese pizza served on plain newspaper squares.

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Lynn's polenta and cheese pizza -- what a combo and so good.

The second pizza place we tried - near the two towers - had a thinner crust and was just as good. 

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Looks like they deliver!

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Sausage and cheese, salami and cheese and margarita -- all served on a huge round cutting board.

 We wandered about town again in the open boulevards and saw a new duo of street musicians.

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Wandered some of the back alley-way streets and found an enclosed garden.  

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Then off to the gelato shop (yes, again -- you do know that we’re leaving soon, right?).

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Allan's - double chocolate and strachitelli.

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Gelato "selfie" - pistachio and coffee.

After finishing the gelato, headed back to the apartment  and came upon yet another group of musicians -- these playing Cuban music.  What fun with the crowd really getting into it.

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-- Donna

 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bologna - Day 13

Bologna - Day 13 - Sunday - Pizza day for us!  We saw a few pizza shops  during our wanderings the last couple of weeks that had crowds around them, so we decided to taste-test ourselves.  The first place had thick crust pizza that was incredibly good.

 13:1PizzaOne.jpg

Thick crust sausage and cheese pizza served on plain newspaper squares.

13:2PizzaTwo.jpg

Lynn's polenta and cheese pizza -- what a combo and so good.

The second pizza place we tried - near the two towers - had a thinner crust and was just as good. 

 13:4DueTorriSign.jpg

Looks like they deliver!

13:3ThreePieces.jpg

Sausage and cheese, salami and cheese and margarita -- all served on a huge round cutting board.

 We wandered about town again in the open boulevards and saw a new duo of street musicians.

 13:6StreetMusicians.jpg

Wandered some of the back alley-way streets and found an enclosed garden.  

 13:7InsideGarden.jpg

13:8MonkStatue.jpg

Then off to the gelato shop (yes, again -- you do know that we’re leaving soon, right?).

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Allan's - double chocolate and strachitelli.

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Gelato "selfie" - pistachio and coffee.

After finishing the gelato, headed back to the apartment  and came upon yet another group of musicians -- these playing Cuban music.  What fun with the crowd really getting into it.

 13:10StMusiciansCuban.jpg

-- Donna

 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bologna - Day 12

Day 12 - Venice/Murano -- Up and out of the apartment at 7 am to catch the bus to the train station then the 8:20 train to Venice, which took 2 hours with a minimal number of stops. 

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The train was crowded -- standing room only from about 1/2 way to Venice on.

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Realized later that with the holiday yesterday (3 day weekend) and the threat of rain on Sunday, everyone wanted to get to Venice on Saturday.  Got off the train and purchased a 12 hour vaporetto (water bus) ticket so that we could go when and where we wanted for the time that we were there. 

Headed straight to Murano from Plazza Roma via vaporetto to look at the glass and buy some beads.  The trip only took about 20 minutes.  There is something about being on the water in Venice -- today with overcast skies, the water was that dreamy light green ocean color. It is calming and restorative.

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First look at Vence from the vaporetto. 

Getting off the vaporetto, we were engulfed in the glass that is Murano.  

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Sculptures and plates.

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Sculptural art glass. 

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Storefront display window.

We decided to eat lunch early to avoid the rush.

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Murano glass charger plates!

Boy, are we glad we did. All the luncheon places were getting extremely crowded.

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Fish stew - this may have been the best lunch I've had so far. Slightly spicy and tasting of the sea.

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Lynn's multi cheese lasagane.

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Allan's four-cheese gnocchi.

After lunch, we checked out many shops with all sorts of glass vases, sculptures, and, of course, jewelry. 

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Glass mosaics on both sides of walkway leading to yet another glass store.

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Each piece of this glass symphony orchestra measures no more than 2-1/2 inches high!

The scenery was not lost on us either. . 

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Roof lines.

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 Window boxes.

Murano is like a mini Venice.

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Canal looking further into Murano.

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Canal looking outward toward the lagoon.

Headed back to S. Mark’s square around 3.  It was so crowded (wall-to-wall people, which would not have made the walking around fun) that we decided to hop right back on a vaporetto and head to the train station and wait for the 4:45 train. Well, it took us  about 45 minutes to get back to the train station as we were on the milk run.  The good thing about this run is you get to see a lot of Venice from the canal. 

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Rialto Bridge

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Got to the train station and the outgoing train to Bologna was not yet assigned a platform number.  There were hundreds of people waiting for the number to go up on the board, and when it did, there was a mad dash to the train.  In the excitement of being able to make our train, we forgot to punch the ticket at one of the validation points and just hoped that a ticket person who occasionally  walks the isles checking tickets would not come by.  Thankfully, no one did.  So we settled in for a relaxing 2 hour ride home.  -- Donna

 
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bologna - Day 12

Day 12 - Venice/Murano -- Up and out of the apartment at 7 am to catch the bus to the train station then the 8:20 train to Venice, which took 2 hours with a minimal number of stops. 

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The train was crowded -- standing room only from about 1/2 way to Venice on.

 12:2CrowdedTrain.jpg

Realized later that with the holiday yesterday (3 day weekend) and the threat of rain on Sunday, everyone wanted to get to Venice on Saturday.  Got off the train and purchased a 12 hour vaporetto (water bus) ticket so that we could go when and where we wanted for the time that we were there. 

Headed straight to Murano from Plazza Roma via vaporetto to look at the glass and buy some beads.  The trip only took about 20 minutes.  There is something about being on the water in Venice -- today with overcast skies, the water was that dreamy light green ocean color. It is calming and restorative.

 12:3FirstLookVenice.jpg

First look at Vence from the vaporetto. 

Getting off the vaporetto, we were engulfed in the glass that is Murano.  

12:4MuranoGlassA.jpg

Sculptures and plates.

12:5MuranoGlassB.jpg

Sculptural art glass. 

12:6MuranoGlassC.jpg

Storefront display window.

We decided to eat lunch early to avoid the rush.

 12:7MuranoGlLunch.jpg

Murano glass charger plates!

Boy, are we glad we did. All the luncheon places were getting extremely crowded.

 12:8FishStew.jpg

Fish stew - this may have been the best lunch I've had so far. Slightly spicy and tasting of the sea.

12:9Lasagne.jpg

Lynn's multi cheese lasagane.

12:10Gnocchi4Cheese.jpg

Allan's four-cheese gnocchi.

After lunch, we checked out many shops with all sorts of glass vases, sculptures, and, of course, jewelry. 

 12:11MosaicFramesGlass.jpg

Glass mosaics on both sides of walkway leading to yet another glass store.

12:12GlassOrchestra.jpg

Each piece of this glass symphony orchestra measures no more than 2-1/2 inches high!

The scenery was not lost on us either. . 

12:13RoofLines.jpg

Roof lines.

12:14WindowBox.jpg

 Window boxes.

Murano is like a mini Venice.

12:15MuranoCanalA.jpg

Canal looking further into Murano.

12:16MCanalLkgtoLagoon.jpg

Canal looking outward toward the lagoon.

Headed back to S. Mark’s square around 3.  It was so crowded (wall-to-wall people, which would not have made the walking around fun) that we decided to hop right back on a vaporetto and head to the train station and wait for the 4:45 train. Well, it took us  about 45 minutes to get back to the train station as we were on the milk run.  The good thing about this run is you get to see a lot of Venice from the canal. 

 12:17VeniceVapA.jpg

12:18VeniceVapB.jpg

12:19VVC.jpg

12:20VVD.jpg

12:22VVRialtoBr.jpg

Rialto Bridge

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12:24VVGondola.jpg

Got to the train station and the outgoing train to Bologna was not yet assigned a platform number.  There were hundreds of people waiting for the number to go up on the board, and when it did, there was a mad dash to the train.  In the excitement of being able to make our train, we forgot to punch the ticket at one of the validation points and just hoped that a ticket person who occasionally  walks the isles checking tickets would not come by.  Thankfully, no one did.  So we settled in for a relaxing 2 hour ride home.  -- Donna

 
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bologna - Day 11

Day 11 - Friday - Today is a religious holiday in Italy.  Bus service is scaled back like it is on Sunday and many of the family-owned store fronts are closed for the day.  As was the case last Sunday, the streets around the Piazza Maggiore are closed off and are walking boulevards for the day -- so we walked around.......and had an early lunch.

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One of the two towers.

We were going to walk up this tower and started to the first landing where there was an entrance fee to go up the 485 or so stairs.  We got so dizzy going up, we came back down.  Look how steep the stairs are.....

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Did some looking and not much buying. 

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Had gelatto -- mixed this time.  Usually get just the one flavor, but it seems that here they mix two flavors, probably because the flavor of each is so intense.

More walking.

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This is the oldest storefront in Bologna.

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They now sell tortellini to go!

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Saw some street musicians playing in a portico and the sound was amazing; you could hear it all through the square.

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-- Donna

 

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bologna - Day 11

Day 11 - Friday - Today is a religious holiday in Italy.  Bus service is scaled back like it is on Sunday and many of the family-owned store fronts are closed for the day.  As was the case last Sunday, the streets around the Piazza Maggiore are closed off and are walking boulevards for the day -- so we walked around.......and had an early lunch.

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One of the two towers.

We were going to walk up this tower and started to the first landing where there was an entrance fee to go up the 485 or so stairs.  We got so dizzy going up, we came back down.  Look how steep the stairs are.....

11:8SpiralStairs.jpg

Did some looking and not much buying. 

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Had gelatto -- mixed this time.  Usually get just the one flavor, but it seems that here they mix two flavors, probably because the flavor of each is so intense.

More walking.

 11:5OldestShopA.jpg

This is the oldest storefront in Bologna.

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They now sell tortellini to go!

 11:6Pappagello.jpg

11:7Arches.jpg

11:9DoorKnockers.jpg

Saw some street musicians playing in a portico and the sound was amazing; you could hear it all through the square.

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-- Donna

 

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bologna Day 10

Day 10 - Thursday - Today was Modena day.  Again took the bus to the train station and then took the the train to Modena -- almost a 1/2 hour ride. 

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Train was much more crowded than the one to Ferrara as it goes out to Parma (cheese and ham capital) and beyond.  Arrived in Modena about 10 am and took Bus #11 (as instructed by the bus ticket clerk) to the old town center.  Well little did we know that bus #11 has several routes.

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First go round on bus #11 -- maybe we should have gotten a clue as the bus was so empty!

So, we got a tour of the outskirts of the city before we came through the train station stopping point then on to “centro.” 

Modena (the vinegar capital) is a city where the streets are much closer together and the maps a bit harder to read.  The clusters of streets form a human maze. Luckily, Allan accessed google maps before we got to the city so we could navigate via GPS.  As we walked around, we came upon another market place.

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We bought some snacks (mini pizzas) to hold us over until lunch and they were absolutely delicious.

 10:4PicolinoPizza.jpg

 Piccolino pizza -- yum!

Modena is a picture post card city and here are some of the highlights.

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We visited the Duomo before lunch as it was closed from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. It was absolutely spectacular. It was built in the eleventh century of dusty pink marble and has been restored to (almost) original beauty. 

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Inside, was a small alter down a few stairs.

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We then walked up the stairs to the main alter area which was surrounded by beautiful hand-carved frescoes. 

Walked the streets and viewed many store windows -- much jewelry, shoes, eyeglasses and clothing.  Very upscale and beautiful items. Walked around to find a lunch spot.

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Allan's lunch - gnocchi -- drizzled with Modena vinegar.

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Donna's lunch -- was supposed to be risotto -- guess I'll definitely have to bring my iPhone translator next time.

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Lynn's lunch -- check out those fabulous plates -- the lunch was fabulous, too.

Did some more walking before we headed back to the train station.

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Military academy being restored.

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Greenway on walk back to the train station.

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Mosaic with gold pieces on one of the arches of a closed church.

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Color on color. The buildings were alive with color.

A great day trip from Bologna -- Donna

 
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Bologna Day 10

Day 10 - Thursday - Today was Modena day.  Again took the bus to the train station and then took the the train to Modena -- almost a 1/2 hour ride. 

10:1Modenasign.jpg

Train was much more crowded than the one to Ferrara as it goes out to Parma (cheese and ham capital) and beyond.  Arrived in Modena about 10 am and took Bus #11 (as instructed by the bus ticket clerk) to the old town center.  Well little did we know that bus #11 has several routes.

 10:2Bus.jpg

First go round on bus #11 -- maybe we should have gotten a clue as the bus was so empty!

So, we got a tour of the outskirts of the city before we came through the train station stopping point then on to “centro.” 

Modena (the vinegar capital) is a city where the streets are much closer together and the maps a bit harder to read.  The clusters of streets form a human maze. Luckily, Allan accessed google maps before we got to the city so we could navigate via GPS.  As we walked around, we came upon another market place.

 10:3Market.jpg

We bought some snacks (mini pizzas) to hold us over until lunch and they were absolutely delicious.

 10:4PicolinoPizza.jpg

 Piccolino pizza -- yum!

Modena is a picture post card city and here are some of the highlights.

 10:5StreetScene.jpg

10:6StreetScene.jpg

10:7Flowers.jpg

10:8AllanGPS.jpg

10:9Clocktower.jpg

10:10Spire.jpg

We visited the Duomo before lunch as it was closed from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. It was absolutely spectacular. It was built in the eleventh century of dusty pink marble and has been restored to (almost) original beauty. 

10:11ChurchArches.jpg 

10:13ChurchAlter.jpg

Inside, was a small alter down a few stairs.

 10:12ChurchLowerLvl.jpg

We then walked up the stairs to the main alter area which was surrounded by beautiful hand-carved frescoes. 

Walked the streets and viewed many store windows -- much jewelry, shoes, eyeglasses and clothing.  Very upscale and beautiful items. Walked around to find a lunch spot.

10:15AllansLunch.jpg

Allan's lunch - gnocchi -- drizzled with Modena vinegar.

10:16DonnasLunch.jpg

Donna's lunch -- was supposed to be risotto -- guess I'll definitely have to bring my iPhone translator next time.

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Lynn's lunch -- check out those fabulous plates -- the lunch was fabulous, too.

Did some more walking before we headed back to the train station.

 10:18AlleyArchway.jpg

10:21LunchenSpot.jpg

10:22MilitaryAcademy.jpg

Military academy being restored.

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Greenway on walk back to the train station.

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12:26Mosaic.jpg

Mosaic with gold pieces on one of the arches of a closed church.

12:27ColoronColor.jpg

Color on color. The buildings were alive with color.

A great day trip from Bologna -- Donna

 
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Bologna Day 8

Day 8 - Tuesday - Have we been here a week already?  It must be so, as we definitely have slowed down to the Italian way of life today.  Went out at 12:30 pm in search of lunch.  Walked about 1/2 hour before we found a place that we liked. 

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I want one of these.  Lynn wants to know where the wind up key fits.

Its great when you have to walk BEFORE you eat and after, too.

We are on a small alley way

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with bikes

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and cars passing right by our table.

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I thought I ordered grilled veggies, well, here is what I got!  Veggies and roast pork. It was wonderfully good. 

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Allan - Tortellini Bolognese

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Lynn - Caprese Salad

Took a leisurely stroll back through another alley.

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And through another portico.

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Had to stop at the Bancomat on the way back and picked up some staples, including wine.  Found a nice table red for 1.99 Euro!

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What a deal and the wine is good. 

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66 marble stairs up to the apartment. -- Donna

 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Bologna Day 8

Day 8 - Tuesday - Have we been here a week already?  It must be so, as we definitely have slowed down to the Italian way of life today.  Went out at 12:30 pm in search of lunch.  Walked about 1/2 hour before we found a place that we liked. 

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I want one of these.  Lynn wants to know where the wind up key fits.

Its great when you have to walk BEFORE you eat and after, too.

We are on a small alley way

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with bikes

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and cars passing right by our table.

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I thought I ordered grilled veggies, well, here is what I got!  Veggies and roast pork. It was wonderfully good. 

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Allan - Tortellini Bolognese

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Lynn - Caprese Salad

Took a leisurely stroll back through another alley.

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And through another portico.

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Had to stop at the Bancomat on the way back and picked up some staples, including wine.  Found a nice table red for 1.99 Euro!

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What a deal and the wine is good. 

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66 marble stairs up to the apartment. -- Donna

 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Bologna Day 2

Day 2 - Having slept for 12 hours, we decided to get out and explore the city.  We are conveniently located on Via Marconi which has several busses running by and we are within walking distance to the Piazza Maggiore, where we decided to begin our journey for day 2 (Wednesday).  We checked out the info center to get basic info, went up the scaffolding of Basilica di San Petronio  as they were restoring the facade (beautiful relief restoration);AllanonScaffoldingCropped.jpg

and as a plus, one of the best views of the old city from the top of the scaffolding.  Many pictures were taken.  

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From there went to the Cathedral di San Pietro to see the recommended high alter -- so magnificent. Had first tagliatelle Bolognese for lunch at an outside cafe -- excellent.  

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Oops! It was so good, I forgot to take a picture BEFORE I ate it!

Have at least 5 more samplings of spaghetti Bolognese to try before we leave in ordeer to make a scientific comparison (ha).  Side tracked to a gelato shop where we sampled double chocolate (Allan), hazelnut (Lynn) and creme caramel (me).

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Walked back later in the day through the fruit/vegetable market and bought a wood-fired roasted chicken seasoned with rosemary.  Also bought fire-grilled polenta.  Stopped at the local market to fill out Wednesday evening's menu by picking up fresh salad greens and vino.  Excellent supper. -- Donna

 

 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Bologna Day 2

Day 2 - Having slept for 12 hours, we decided to get out and explore the city.  We are conveniently located on Via Marconi which has several busses running by and we are within walking distance to the Piazza Maggiore, where we decided to begin our journey for day 2 (Wednesday).  We checked out the info center to get basic info, went up the scaffolding of Basilica di San Petronio  as they were restoring the facade (beautiful relief restoration);AllanonScaffoldingCropped.jpg

and as a plus, one of the best views of the old city from the top of the scaffolding.  Many pictures were taken.  

 ScaffoldingViewCropped.jpg

From there went to the Cathedral di San Pietro to see the recommended high alter -- so magnificent. Had first tagliatelle Bolognese for lunch at an outside cafe -- excellent.  

Bolegnese.jpg

Oops! It was so good, I forgot to take a picture BEFORE I ate it!

Have at least 5 more samplings of spaghetti Bolognese to try before we leave in ordeer to make a scientific comparison (ha).  Side tracked to a gelato shop where we sampled double chocolate (Allan), hazelnut (Lynn) and creme caramel (me).

GelatoStop.jpg

Walked back later in the day through the fruit/vegetable market and bought a wood-fired roasted chicken seasoned with rosemary.  Also bought fire-grilled polenta.  Stopped at the local market to fill out Wednesday evening's menu by picking up fresh salad greens and vino.  Excellent supper. -- Donna

 

 

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bologna Day 9

Day 9 - Wednesday - Another slow day as 100% rain is predicted.  We did some souvenir shopping and got rid of the trash.  There are large bottle and can depositories around the corner of most streets and, as I mentioned before, the trash boxes out front which seem to be emptied each night or early morning.  Places to put cardboard, too. Good to see so much recycling being done. After the “chores” were accomplished, we set out to find a lunch spot. 

After we sat down, we realized it was a German (Italian) restaurant. 

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Was it something we said?

 I went with the local fare --

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Menu said salada -- I wasn't sure what the wurst was but it was wurst with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes (salad, huh?)

but Allan couldn’t hold out any longer and got a cheeseburger! 

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Lynn got the Caesar salad. 

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Saw another church -- there is a church around every corner.

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And some window pictures.......

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Window with cat (there has been a cat in a window of every Italian city we've been in).

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 Did some more window shopping then stopped in to get some wine.  Used the self-checkout (but, I have to confess, it had English prompts) and it was as easy as home. 

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As mentioned in an earlier post, we have a multi-lock and key system to get to our 3rd floor apartment........

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Main entryway off the street.

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Door two, just inside the main entryway.

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Door 3, just up the stairs from door #2.

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At this point, you choose either the elevator........

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.......or the stairs -- 66 of them!

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Gated door to our apartment.

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Our apartment door........

-- Donna

 

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bologna Day 9

Day 9 - Wednesday - Another slow day as 100% rain is predicted.  We did some souvenir shopping and got rid of the trash.  There are large bottle and can depositories around the corner of most streets and, as I mentioned before, the trash boxes out front which seem to be emptied each night or early morning.  Places to put cardboard, too. Good to see so much recycling being done. After the “chores” were accomplished, we set out to find a lunch spot. 

After we sat down, we realized it was a German (Italian) restaurant. 

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 9:2.jpg

Was it something we said?

 I went with the local fare --

 9:3.jpg

Menu said salada -- I wasn't sure what the wurst was but it was wurst with sauerkraut and boiled potatoes (salad, huh?)

but Allan couldn’t hold out any longer and got a cheeseburger! 

 9:4.jpg

Lynn got the Caesar salad. 

 9:5.jpg

Saw another church -- there is a church around every corner.

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And some window pictures.......

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Window with cat (there has been a cat in a window of every Italian city we've been in).

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 Did some more window shopping then stopped in to get some wine.  Used the self-checkout (but, I have to confess, it had English prompts) and it was as easy as home. 

 9:9.jpg

As mentioned in an earlier post, we have a multi-lock and key system to get to our 3rd floor apartment........

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Main entryway off the street.

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Door two, just inside the main entryway.

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Door 3, just up the stairs from door #2.

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At this point, you choose either the elevator........

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.......or the stairs -- 66 of them!

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Gated door to our apartment.

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Our apartment door........

-- Donna

 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bologna Day 7

Day 7 - Monday - Trip to Ferrara, the UNESCO Heritage site.  Took the bus to the central station and from there took the train to Ferrara. Purchased the train tix at a kiosk -- couldn’t be simpler.

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Departure board at train station.

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Simplest ticket purchasing machine.

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The train we took was the milk run so it took about 45 minutes.

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From the train station, we walked about 20 minutes to the center of the old town which is highlighted by the Castello Estense.  Unfortunately, all the castles and museums were closed on Mondays.  Note to self: check this out next time visiting for a day. There certainly was enough to see from the outside, though and I will let the pictures illuminate our wonderful day in Ferrara -- including the luncheon pictures, of course.

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The centerpiece of Ferrara - Estense Castle

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Estense Castle courtyard

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Luncheon Ristorante

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Lynn had the pasta pie -- Allan and I gnocchi and Bolognese (we've seen pix of those before!!)

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Wall near the park.

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Museum courtyard (closed for today)

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Inside the park you cold hardly hear the street noise -- what an oasis.

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Cobblestone street outside the park.

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This tree had a twin on the other side of the entryway to the park.

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Waiting for the train.

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High speed train coming through -- not ours.

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Crowded bus on the way home.

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Allan departing the elevator on our floor of the apartment building after a long and interesting day.

Returned via the 30 minute train and bus back to the apartment to pick up some needed staples. Found a cafe across the street from the apartment so we picked up sandwiches for supper -- no one felt like cooking tonight. -- Donna

 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bologna Day 7

Day 7 - Monday - Trip to Ferrara, the UNESCO Heritage site.  Took the bus to the central station and from there took the train to Ferrara. Purchased the train tix at a kiosk -- couldn’t be simpler.

DepartureBoard.jpg

Departure board at train station.

TicketMachine.jpg

Simplest ticket purchasing machine.

 LeavingBologna.jpg

The train we took was the milk run so it took about 45 minutes.

 EmptyTrain.jpg

From the train station, we walked about 20 minutes to the center of the old town which is highlighted by the Castello Estense.  Unfortunately, all the castles and museums were closed on Mondays.  Note to self: check this out next time visiting for a day. There certainly was enough to see from the outside, though and I will let the pictures illuminate our wonderful day in Ferrara -- including the luncheon pictures, of course.

 IntenseCastle.jpg

The centerpiece of Ferrara - Estense Castle

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Estense Castle courtyard

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Luncheon Ristorante

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Lynn had the pasta pie -- Allan and I gnocchi and Bolognese (we've seen pix of those before!!)

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Wall near the park.

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Museum courtyard (closed for today)

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Inside the park you cold hardly hear the street noise -- what an oasis.

 F15.jpg

Cobblestone street outside the park.

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This tree had a twin on the other side of the entryway to the park.

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Waiting for the train.

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High speed train coming through -- not ours.

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Crowded bus on the way home.

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Allan departing the elevator on our floor of the apartment building after a long and interesting day.

Returned via the 30 minute train and bus back to the apartment to pick up some needed staples. Found a cafe across the street from the apartment so we picked up sandwiches for supper -- no one felt like cooking tonight. -- Donna

 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bologna Day 6

Day 6 - Sunday -- We have pretty much covered all the highlights that we have wanted to see in Bologna. Today - a day of planning for the rest of the week and maybe a stroll for a gelato or espresso (or both!).

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Mission central, dining room and general gathering place.

Looks like we will be heading to Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, tomorrow morning -- via train. Still trying to decide some of the other destinations for the week: Padua? San Marino? Venice? Florence? Modena? Parma? Spent the rest of the morning uploading days 3-5 on the blog and learning the admin portion of Euro Ski Trips/blog.  It was easier than I thought, once I got the rhythm. Headed out for a Sunday la passeggiata (afternoon walk). Took more portico pictures along with the sidewalks this time.

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Portico One

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Portico Two

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Portico floor - long view

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Porticl floor - close up

Found another delightful ristorante for lunch on one of the side alleys. Seems like Allan made a friend of our waiter as he brought us a bottle of limoncello and 3 shot glasses and told us to enjoy one on the house!

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The weekend crowd is smaller in the city......do people leave the city for the weekend?  In any event, it is a much slower pace with fewer busses running and much less traffic. Many of the stores lining the main streets to Piazza Maggiore are open; many on the side streets are closed. Several of the main streets leading to Piazza Maggiore are closed to through traffic on Sunday. 

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Everyone is strolling the streets in the old city, eating gelato (us, too), watching street performers and generally enjoying being outside. 

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This street will be teeming with 4 lanes of traffic including cars, busses and motor bikes tomorrow morning.

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Headed back to the apartment by way of yet several other alley way streets, each with its own portico.  Took a break then went out for espresso (yes, again!) before supper.

Daylight savings time started here this weekend, so it is dark at 5:30 here. -- Donna

 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bologna Day 6

Day 6 - Sunday -- We have pretty much covered all the highlights that we have wanted to see in Bologna. Today - a day of planning for the rest of the week and maybe a stroll for a gelato or espresso (or both!).

 MissionCentralCropped.jpg

Mission central, dining room and general gathering place.

Looks like we will be heading to Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site, tomorrow morning -- via train. Still trying to decide some of the other destinations for the week: Padua? San Marino? Venice? Florence? Modena? Parma? Spent the rest of the morning uploading days 3-5 on the blog and learning the admin portion of Euro Ski Trips/blog.  It was easier than I thought, once I got the rhythm. Headed out for a Sunday la passeggiata (afternoon walk). Took more portico pictures along with the sidewalks this time.

 PorticoOneCropped.jpg

Portico One

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Portico Two

 PorticoFloorOneCropped.jpg

Portico floor - long view

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Porticl floor - close up

Found another delightful ristorante for lunch on one of the side alleys. Seems like Allan made a friend of our waiter as he brought us a bottle of limoncello and 3 shot glasses and told us to enjoy one on the house!

 LimoncelloSundayCropped.jpg

The weekend crowd is smaller in the city......do people leave the city for the weekend?  In any event, it is a much slower pace with fewer busses running and much less traffic. Many of the stores lining the main streets to Piazza Maggiore are open; many on the side streets are closed. Several of the main streets leading to Piazza Maggiore are closed to through traffic on Sunday. 

 PMiggioreSundayCropped.jpg

Everyone is strolling the streets in the old city, eating gelato (us, too), watching street performers and generally enjoying being outside. 

GelatoSundayCropped.jpg

This street will be teeming with 4 lanes of traffic including cars, busses and motor bikes tomorrow morning.

 VDIndipendzaSundayCropped.jpg

Headed back to the apartment by way of yet several other alley way streets, each with its own portico.  Took a break then went out for espresso (yes, again!) before supper.

Daylight savings time started here this weekend, so it is dark at 5:30 here. -- Donna

 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Bologna Day 5

Day 5 - Saturday -- While sitting out on one of our small porches this am, reading, a gentleman was tending his herb garden on his porch.  Within a short time, the wonderful aroma of fresh-cut basil drifted in my direction across the open space......priceless.

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One of the pieces of information we were looking for yesterday at the info center was the location of any “open air” or farmer’s markets that we could check out.  After a few minutes of trying to describe what we wanted, Lynn said to the person at the info center, “flea market.”  It seems “flea market” is universal and we were directed to where one would be on Saturday. So, that was one of our destinations for today.  Took us about 15 minutes walking to find the area. There was everything you could imagine under those tents -- a lot of clothing but also shoes, handbags, scarves, household items, cosmetics, jewelry -- the list goes on and on.  We spent about half an hour there and then visited one of the side streets that had higher-end jewelry vendors.  Interesting pieces done in various metals as well as felted wool, laminated picture pieces as necklaces and various beaded concoctions.

 Went looking for the “window on the canal,” one of the few vantage points of the canal system that was used to power the silk textile factories in the earlier centuries.  Well, no water running in this canal today!

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So, being a little disappointed with the “window on the canal” experience, we figured another outdoor lunch on a side street would assuage our disappointment!

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Again, this ristorante offered many fine dishes -- so hard to choose.

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Gnocchi Porcini (potato dumplings with mushrooms).

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Spaghetti with salmon.

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Risotto porcini (saffron rice with mushrooms).

Are you sensing a pattern here with all the lunches?

Headed to the central bus and train stations after lunch to check schedules and stopped along the way to enter an elevated circular park.  Up the stairs, and you could hardly hear the traffic below. 

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Because we have not been able to successfully bring up the bus schedules on the web, we visited the bus station to get schedules that we could use next week.  We also checked out the auto ticket purchasing system for the trains -- with the help of a train “ambassador,” we were tutored on how to use the kiosk.  One of the more simple automatic train purchasing units we’ve encountered. OK, off to buy a fire-roasted chicken for supper but fortified with an espresso first, of course. Oh no, the market closed earlier in the day -- so purchase of a light, pick-up supper -- caprese salad, cold cuts, cheese, bread, and, of course, vino. -- Donna

 

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Bologna Day 5

Day 5 - Saturday -- While sitting out on one of our small porches this am, reading, a gentleman was tending his herb garden on his porch.  Within a short time, the wonderful aroma of fresh-cut basil drifted in my direction across the open space......priceless.

 HerbGardenCropped.jpg

One of the pieces of information we were looking for yesterday at the info center was the location of any “open air” or farmer’s markets that we could check out.  After a few minutes of trying to describe what we wanted, Lynn said to the person at the info center, “flea market.”  It seems “flea market” is universal and we were directed to where one would be on Saturday. So, that was one of our destinations for today.  Took us about 15 minutes walking to find the area. There was everything you could imagine under those tents -- a lot of clothing but also shoes, handbags, scarves, household items, cosmetics, jewelry -- the list goes on and on.  We spent about half an hour there and then visited one of the side streets that had higher-end jewelry vendors.  Interesting pieces done in various metals as well as felted wool, laminated picture pieces as necklaces and various beaded concoctions.

 Went looking for the “window on the canal,” one of the few vantage points of the canal system that was used to power the silk textile factories in the earlier centuries.  Well, no water running in this canal today!

 CanalWaterlesCropped.jpg

So, being a little disappointed with the “window on the canal” experience, we figured another outdoor lunch on a side street would assuage our disappointment!

LunchSpotCropped.jpg 

Again, this ristorante offered many fine dishes -- so hard to choose.

GnocchiPorchini.jpg

Gnocchi Porcini (potato dumplings with mushrooms).

 SpaghettiSalome.jpg

Spaghetti with salmon.

RisottoPorcini.jpg

Risotto porcini (saffron rice with mushrooms).

Are you sensing a pattern here with all the lunches?

Headed to the central bus and train stations after lunch to check schedules and stopped along the way to enter an elevated circular park.  Up the stairs, and you could hardly hear the traffic below. 

 ParkStaircase.jpg

Because we have not been able to successfully bring up the bus schedules on the web, we visited the bus station to get schedules that we could use next week.  We also checked out the auto ticket purchasing system for the trains -- with the help of a train “ambassador,” we were tutored on how to use the kiosk.  One of the more simple automatic train purchasing units we’ve encountered. OK, off to buy a fire-roasted chicken for supper but fortified with an espresso first, of course. Oh no, the market closed earlier in the day -- so purchase of a light, pick-up supper -- caprese salad, cold cuts, cheese, bread, and, of course, vino. -- Donna

 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bologna Day 4

Day 4 - Friday -- First of all, Happy Anniversary to my cousin Deb and her husband Dave who celebrated their 32nd anniversary yesterday.  Second of all, the Red Sox lost -- so I guess the Series will go at least 5 games.  Got an even later start this am as we’re all pretty bushed doing all the walking and sightseeing.  Headed out first to do grocery shopping this am instead of leaving it to the end of the day.  Got TP, PT and Kleenix.  Who knew they all would be in totally different aisles of the store.  Took forever to find them.  Butter, too; must be that EVOO is king/queen here. Finally figured out that our trash can be left in dumpsters in front of our building -- who knew? Now that we have the "normal" day-to-day details taken care of we eecided that today would be a palazzo/museum hopping day. We went in search of risotto for lunch on our way to visit the Palazzo Fava Exhibition Center.  Wasn’t able to find risotto close to this venue but ate panini sandwiches on yet another beautiful portico. 

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The Palazzo Fava housed an exhibition of terra cotta works by Arturo Martini, many of which were included in the Biennale in Venice in 1932. The earlier sculptures, all of which are life sized, were done in a more smooth finish, but the later ones were somewhat rustic and, in my estimation, more moving. Of particular interest was the one entitled “Aviator” which is both moving and invites one to feel the tension of the piece. While walking through the Palazzo, I was reminded to look up and saw the ornately painted wooden beams and ceilings in the building.

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Aviator

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Again, one has to look up and down while walking the streets -- the sidewalks in the porticos are all different, some seemingly random marble pieces, some extremely detailed in their patterns. Each section is different. From the Fava, we searched for the Palazzo Pepoli on Via Castiglione (the Red Sox are never far from my mind). 

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Museum Castiglione -- Main Hall.

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Museum Castiglione -- Poster Hall

This updated museum featured the history and transformation of Bologna over the centuries.  We were invited to watch a 10-12 minute history of Bologna from BC to the present in 3-D format.  My first 3-D experience.  It was both so entertaining and informational that I wished it went on for another 10 minutes. 

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Museum Castiglione - Tortellini Poster from early 1900's.

Time for a gelato break!  This time: pistachio, strachetelli and a chocolate frutti mix.  Still have several flavors to try.  We tried finding the other two venues that our ticket covered -- the Santa Maria della Vita and San Colombano -- and were unsuccessful, however, came upon the Basilica of Santo Stefano, a smaller church set in a nice courtyard setting.  On the way back to the info center to get info on future trips, we were able to get inside the Basilica di San Petronio where we climbed the scaffolding on Wednesday and had the beautiful view of the city.  This Basilica is huge and absolutely beautiful.  It is the largest Basilica in the city. 

 On the way home, we saw the wall art pictured below. -- Donna
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bologna Day 4

Day 4 - Friday -- First of all, Happy Anniversary to my cousin Deb and her husband Dave who celebrated their 32nd anniversary yesterday.  Second of all, the Red Sox lost -- so I guess the Series will go at least 5 games.  Got an even later start this am as we’re all pretty bushed doing all the walking and sightseeing.  Headed out first to do grocery shopping this am instead of leaving it to the end of the day.  Got TP, PT and Kleenix.  Who knew they all would be in totally different aisles of the store.  Took forever to find them.  Butter, too; must be that EVOO is king/queen here. Finally figured out that our trash can be left in dumpsters in front of our building -- who knew? Now that we have the "normal" day-to-day details taken care of we eecided that today would be a palazzo/museum hopping day. We went in search of risotto for lunch on our way to visit the Palazzo Fava Exhibition Center.  Wasn’t able to find risotto close to this venue but ate panini sandwiches on yet another beautiful portico. 

 LunchSpotPorticoCropped.jpg

The Palazzo Fava housed an exhibition of terra cotta works by Arturo Martini, many of which were included in the Biennale in Venice in 1932. The earlier sculptures, all of which are life sized, were done in a more smooth finish, but the later ones were somewhat rustic and, in my estimation, more moving. Of particular interest was the one entitled “Aviator” which is both moving and invites one to feel the tension of the piece. While walking through the Palazzo, I was reminded to look up and saw the ornately painted wooden beams and ceilings in the building.

AviatorCropped.jpg 

Aviator

MuseumArches.jpg

Again, one has to look up and down while walking the streets -- the sidewalks in the porticos are all different, some seemingly random marble pieces, some extremely detailed in their patterns. Each section is different. From the Fava, we searched for the Palazzo Pepoli on Via Castiglione (the Red Sox are never far from my mind). 

 MuseumHallCastiglioneCropped.jpg

Museum Castiglione -- Main Hall.

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Museum Castiglione -- Poster Hall

This updated museum featured the history and transformation of Bologna over the centuries.  We were invited to watch a 10-12 minute history of Bologna from BC to the present in 3-D format.  My first 3-D experience.  It was both so entertaining and informational that I wished it went on for another 10 minutes. 

 MuseumTortelliniPosterCropped.jpg

Museum Castiglione - Tortellini Poster from early 1900's.

Time for a gelato break!  This time: pistachio, strachetelli and a chocolate frutti mix.  Still have several flavors to try.  We tried finding the other two venues that our ticket covered -- the Santa Maria della Vita and San Colombano -- and were unsuccessful, however, came upon the Basilica of Santo Stefano, a smaller church set in a nice courtyard setting.  On the way back to the info center to get info on future trips, we were able to get inside the Basilica di San Petronio where we climbed the scaffolding on Wednesday and had the beautiful view of the city.  This Basilica is huge and absolutely beautiful.  It is the largest Basilica in the city. 

 On the way home, we saw the wall art pictured below. -- Donna
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bologna Day 3

Day 3 - Thursday - Slept in a bit today, too, but was anxious to get up to see how the Red Sox fared in last night's game (almost -- almost, got up about 4 in the am to check the score (we're 6 ours ahead of the Boston market) -- but held out until 7 am). Sorry I missed Lester's gem but Italy/Lester, Italy/Lester, Italy/Lester????  Rained overnight and the morning showers were a bit heavy.  Let up about 10 so we decided to take the Red Bus City Tour.  

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Picked the bus up at Piazza Maggiore and took the roughly 1 hour tour around the town.  

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The tour resembled a hop-on-hop-off tour that is available in other cities, however, the driver did not stop at the designated stops!  We did finish our driving tour and stopped for lunch again in the vicinity of the Piazza Maggiore.

Tagliatelle Bolognese was not available (sold out) so I opted for lasagne Bolognese which was excellent.  

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I cannot include that in my scientific comparison as it was lasagna, after all.  So, I will have to have at least four more spaghetti Bolognese dishes (ha again).  Went to the library in Piazza Maggiore (pit stop) and found that there were Roman ruins that could be seen through a glass floor -- what an unexpected treat; we did go down to the lower level to take a tour.

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Amazing that there are “finds” around every street corner. After lunch we hiked over to Piazza Malpighi where we continued city touring via a small red and blue train through the narrow streets up to the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.

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This was quite the trip -- almost like a Disney ride - with the 5 car train curving around the streets and up the steep hill to the Sanctuary.  Along side the hill up to the Sanctuary was a covered portico with over 600 arches to bring one to the top of the hill -- many people were hiking this amazing and physical way to get to the top.  

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The Sanctuary was beautiful as was the church and alter.  

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We walked around the grounds -- again with a tremendous view of the rolling hills, just like they show in travel magazines --- and headed back down after about an hour.  Got back to Malpighi and headed to the grocery store to fortify ourselves with more foodstuffs and, of course, wine........ Another wonderful day in Italy. -- Donna

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bologna Day 3

Day 3 - Thursday - Slept in a bit today, too, but was anxious to get up to see how the Red Sox fared in last night's game (almost -- almost, got up about 4 in the am to check the score (we're 6 ours ahead of the Boston market) -- but held out until 7 am). Sorry I missed Lester's gem but Italy/Lester, Italy/Lester, Italy/Lester????  Rained overnight and the morning showers were a bit heavy.  Let up about 10 so we decided to take the Red Bus City Tour.  

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Picked the bus up at Piazza Maggiore and took the roughly 1 hour tour around the town.  

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The tour resembled a hop-on-hop-off tour that is available in other cities, however, the driver did not stop at the designated stops!  We did finish our driving tour and stopped for lunch again in the vicinity of the Piazza Maggiore.

Tagliatelle Bolognese was not available (sold out) so I opted for lasagne Bolognese which was excellent.  

LasagneBolognese.jpg

I cannot include that in my scientific comparison as it was lasagna, after all.  So, I will have to have at least four more spaghetti Bolognese dishes (ha again).  Went to the library in Piazza Maggiore (pit stop) and found that there were Roman ruins that could be seen through a glass floor -- what an unexpected treat; we did go down to the lower level to take a tour.

RomanRuins.jpg

Amazing that there are “finds” around every street corner. After lunch we hiked over to Piazza Malpighi where we continued city touring via a small red and blue train through the narrow streets up to the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.

 TrainCropped.jpg

This was quite the trip -- almost like a Disney ride - with the 5 car train curving around the streets and up the steep hill to the Sanctuary.  Along side the hill up to the Sanctuary was a covered portico with over 600 arches to bring one to the top of the hill -- many people were hiking this amazing and physical way to get to the top.  

SanLucaSpiralCropped.jpg

The Sanctuary was beautiful as was the church and alter.  

SLucaArchwayCropped.jpg

We walked around the grounds -- again with a tremendous view of the rolling hills, just like they show in travel magazines --- and headed back down after about an hour.  Got back to Malpighi and headed to the grocery store to fortify ourselves with more foodstuffs and, of course, wine........ Another wonderful day in Italy. -- Donna

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Trip to Bologna, Italy

After much anticipation about this trip and after many, many hours of traveling, we finally arrived in  the beautiful and historic city of Bologna, Italy.  Our apartment rentee, Antonio was only a phone call away to greet us and get us situated in the apartment. This orientation included learning the keys to use in the four-lock system; the main entryway, the entry to the elevator, and a iron gate to unlock in order to reach the lock for the main door of the apartment.  As we do not live in a city, this was quite new and fascinating to us. We unpacked, went for an espresso (to keep us awake) then went grocery shopping for the basics, i.e., coffee, sugar, cream, breakfast stuff and, of course, bread, wine, balsamic vinegar, cheese and salami.  It was an early night. — Donna

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Trip to Bologna, Italy

After much anticipation about this trip and after many, many hours of traveling, we finally arrived in  the beautiful and historic city of Bologna, Italy.  Our apartment rentee, Antonio was only a phone call away to greet us and get us situated in the apartment. This orientation included learning the keys to use in the four-lock system; the main entryway, the entry to the elevator, and a iron gate to unlock in order to reach the lock for the main door of the apartment.  As we do not live in a city, this was quite new and fascinating to us. We unpacked, went for an espresso (to keep us awake) then went grocery shopping for the basics, i.e., coffee, sugar, cream, breakfast stuff and, of course, bread, wine, balsamic vinegar, cheese and salami.  It was an early night. — Donna

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Slide Show of Cervinia Trip 2012

Here"s a great slide show from Bill G about his trip with us in March 2012.
And yes he is to sexy for his shirt.

 

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Slide Show of Cervinia Trip 2012

Here"s a great slide show from Bill G about his trip with us in March 2012.
And yes he is to sexy for his shirt.

 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Now We're Talking

cervinialift.jpgJust sent out the second notice reminders for our trip to Cervinia in March of 2012.

That always gets me psyched because we are that much closer to actually making turns on snow. It's exciting working with Holly in spring & summer putting the trip together. Deciding on where to go, then the hotel, then hassle with the airlines & then finally arriving at a trip price.

We visit all the areas websites. We look at all the pictures, peruse the trail maps. Look through the room photos, take the virtual tours if there available, read all the comments. Then try to picture our group there & if they would enjoy what's available. It keeps our heads in ski mode most of the summer.

Ah but the 2nd payment notice means it's October & soon the guns will start in VT. We're done with this summer stuff & it's time to get ready to make some turns on snow.

Now we're talking

Posted By Allan Douglas at 5:14 PM Labels: cervinia, european ski trips, european trips, travel. trip 2012, summer rambles, Italy Add Comment closed Comments (0)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Now We're Talking

cervinialift.jpgJust sent out the second notice reminders for our trip to Cervinia in March of 2012.

That always gets me psyched because we are that much closer to actually making turns on snow. It's exciting working with Holly in spring & summer putting the trip together. Deciding on where to go, then the hotel, then hassle with the airlines & then finally arriving at a trip price.

We visit all the areas websites. We look at all the pictures, peruse the trail maps. Look through the room photos, take the virtual tours if there available, read all the comments. Then try to picture our group there & if they would enjoy what's available. It keeps our heads in ski mode most of the summer.

Ah but the 2nd payment notice means it's October & soon the guns will start in VT. We're done with this summer stuff & it's time to get ready to make some turns on snow.

Now we're talking

Posted By Allan Douglas at 5:14 PM Labels: cervinia, european ski trips, european trips, travel. trip 2012, summer rambles, Italy Add Comment closed Comments (0)
Monday, September 19, 2011

CERVINIA - LATEST NEWS: TWO NEW RUNS, ONE BLACK AND ANOTHER “ALMOST” BLACK AND…SLOW SKI

To be found in the higher part of the Cretaz ski area, where the 6-seater chairlift with protection shields "Pancheron" arrives and where the imposing south face of Mt Cervino overlooks the skiers; these new runs have been created, one hair-raising black run called the "Cervino Black" on the number 59 and will put to the test even the most expert skier with a "vertical ski" wall (right under the Furggen crest) and a slightly less adrenaline rushed run already known as the run number 24 but completely redesigned, lengthened and widened to offer even better skiing in this ski area, easily reached via the chairlift "Cretaz" from the centre of town and then onto the new "Pancheron". Better skiing also in the area under Mt Cervino, known as the "City of Rocks" where the boulders are balanced on one another like sculptures creating a magical atmosphere: Here you will find a new way to enjoy skiing; slow ski, or take your time to ski, take a deep breath, to follow the slow rhythm of time and get away from it all to enjoy the panorama that surrounds you. The slow ski concept is that of the mind and soul, relaxing and regenerating. Just like Mt Cervino.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

CERVINIA - LATEST NEWS: TWO NEW RUNS, ONE BLACK AND ANOTHER “ALMOST” BLACK AND…SLOW SKI

To be found in the higher part of the Cretaz ski area, where the 6-seater chairlift with protection shields "Pancheron" arrives and where the imposing south face of Mt Cervino overlooks the skiers; these new runs have been created, one hair-raising black run called the "Cervino Black" on the number 59 and will put to the test even the most expert skier with a "vertical ski" wall (right under the Furggen crest) and a slightly less adrenaline rushed run already known as the run number 24 but completely redesigned, lengthened and widened to offer even better skiing in this ski area, easily reached via the chairlift "Cretaz" from the centre of town and then onto the new "Pancheron". Better skiing also in the area under Mt Cervino, known as the "City of Rocks" where the boulders are balanced on one another like sculptures creating a magical atmosphere: Here you will find a new way to enjoy skiing; slow ski, or take your time to ski, take a deep breath, to follow the slow rhythm of time and get away from it all to enjoy the panorama that surrounds you. The slow ski concept is that of the mind and soul, relaxing and regenerating. Just like Mt Cervino.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

March 2012 It's Cervinia & Milan, Italy

Finally, after much back & forth with airlines & hotels we have our trip for March of 2012 nailed down. Our destination is Cervinia/Valtournenche and Milan, Italy.  We will be staying at the Hotel Chalet Valdotain****. Check out this video: Cervinia, Where There Is More Snow. It‘ll get you fired up to make some turns.

The Cervinia area includes the area of Valtournenche and, of course, on any given day, one can ski up and over to Zermatt, Switzerland. The famous Matterhorn presides over this winter wonderland. The area begins at 2000 meters above sea level and rises to 3400 meters on the Plateau Rosa (which is serviced by a brand new cable car), all but guaranteeing plenty of snow fall. As a matter of fact, the skiing will be starting on 10/29 of this year.

The Matterhorn is so close in Cervinia that you may feel you are actually skiing on it, rather than under it. The altitude means that snow conditions are good almost always-even when lower resorts are suffering. Though the skiing here is mostly forgiving, better skiers should not be put off. The altitude and length of the runs, plus some of the skiing to Zermatt can test most decent skiers.

Cervinia offers 130 km of ski runs connected with Valtournenche with a total of 27 ski-lift facilities and an international connection with Zermatt, via the Cime Bianche Laghi - Plateau Rosa cable-car and the Bontadini chair-lift for a total of 350 km of ski runs served by a total of 59 ski-lift facilities with an overall carrying capacity of 78,782 people per hour. From Plateau Rosa, you can ski down towards Zermatt, or take the Ventina run: 11 km downhill from the 3,480 m altitude at the top to the 2,050 m altitude in Cervinia.

Please note the price for the trip includes 2 nights in Milan, Italy.  A 7 day Cervinia-only package quote is available upon request.

Here‘s the link to sign up www.euroskitrips.com/Cervinia12 & as always if you have any questions or to be added to our email list contact us 

by mail at:
Allan & Donna Douglas
Euro Ski Trips
25 Nash Road
Cummington, MA, 01026

By phone at:
(413) 634-5372

By email at:
info@euroskitrips.com

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

March 2012 It's Cervinia & Milan, Italy

Finally, after much back & forth with airlines & hotels we have our trip for March of 2012 nailed down. Our destination is Cervinia/Valtournenche and Milan, Italy.  We will be staying at the Hotel Chalet Valdotain****. Check out this video: Cervinia, Where There Is More Snow. It‘ll get you fired up to make some turns.

The Cervinia area includes the area of Valtournenche and, of course, on any given day, one can ski up and over to Zermatt, Switzerland. The famous Matterhorn presides over this winter wonderland. The area begins at 2000 meters above sea level and rises to 3400 meters on the Plateau Rosa (which is serviced by a brand new cable car), all but guaranteeing plenty of snow fall. As a matter of fact, the skiing will be starting on 10/29 of this year.

The Matterhorn is so close in Cervinia that you may feel you are actually skiing on it, rather than under it. The altitude means that snow conditions are good almost always-even when lower resorts are suffering. Though the skiing here is mostly forgiving, better skiers should not be put off. The altitude and length of the runs, plus some of the skiing to Zermatt can test most decent skiers.

Cervinia offers 130 km of ski runs connected with Valtournenche with a total of 27 ski-lift facilities and an international connection with Zermatt, via the Cime Bianche Laghi - Plateau Rosa cable-car and the Bontadini chair-lift for a total of 350 km of ski runs served by a total of 59 ski-lift facilities with an overall carrying capacity of 78,782 people per hour. From Plateau Rosa, you can ski down towards Zermatt, or take the Ventina run: 11 km downhill from the 3,480 m altitude at the top to the 2,050 m altitude in Cervinia.

Please note the price for the trip includes 2 nights in Milan, Italy.  A 7 day Cervinia-only package quote is available upon request.

Here‘s the link to sign up www.euroskitrips.com/Cervinia12 & as always if you have any questions or to be added to our email list contact us 

by mail at:
Allan & Donna Douglas
Euro Ski Trips
25 Nash Road
Cummington, MA, 01026

By phone at:
(413) 634-5372

By email at:
info@euroskitrips.com

Follow Us 
Become a Fan Follow us on Twitter

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Friday, December 10, 2010

First Day Out

cam1.jpgDougy & I made our first jaunt of the season to Mount Snow today. We wanted to take care of all the stuff like locker, passes, paperwork & hey while were here let’s make some turns.
cam2.jpgWe did & it was outrageous. The snow conditions were packed pow every where we skied. The snowmakers deserve a big “THANK YOU” they put out some fabulous product. If you can, get up to Mount Snow & get in some pre Xmas turns, you will feel  better.

Of course it’s always great to get back to the mountain & see all of our friends who work there. The first day is like old home day catching up with everyone & what went on in their lives over the summer.

We’re headed back up next week if anyone wants to hook up to make some turns let us know.

It was a good day. The first of what we hope will be a good season.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

First Day Out

cam1.jpgDougy & I made our first jaunt of the season to Mount Snow today. We wanted to take care of all the stuff like locker, passes, paperwork & hey while were here let’s make some turns.
cam2.jpgWe did & it was outrageous. The snow conditions were packed pow every where we skied. The snowmakers deserve a big “THANK YOU” they put out some fabulous product. If you can, get up to Mount Snow & get in some pre Xmas turns, you will feel  better.

Of course it’s always great to get back to the mountain & see all of our friends who work there. The first day is like old home day catching up with everyone & what went on in their lives over the summer.

We’re headed back up next week if anyone wants to hook up to make some turns let us know.

It was a good day. The first of what we hope will be a good season.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Kitzbuehel 1st Payment Reminder

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Just a friendly reminder of the Kitzbuhel trip scheduled for March 11-19, 2011.  

First deposit is due August 18th.  At this point, even if you are slightly considering the trip, send us your name as it appears on the passport so that we can save an air seat for you.  This in no way commits you to the trip, however, we are playing it safe to make sure that everyone that may want to go gets on the plane list.  

9.jpgHere’s a link to Euro ski trips so that you can check out trip details and download the registration form:  www.euroskitrips.com

Here’s a link to the map so that you can begin thinking of all the trails you want to ski and maybe even begin planing the Ski Safari.  http://www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/?Mode=Map

Stay cool (thinking of the trip will help), 

 

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Kitzbuehel 1st Payment Reminder

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Just a friendly reminder of the Kitzbuhel trip scheduled for March 11-19, 2011.  

First deposit is due August 18th.  At this point, even if you are slightly considering the trip, send us your name as it appears on the passport so that we can save an air seat for you.  This in no way commits you to the trip, however, we are playing it safe to make sure that everyone that may want to go gets on the plane list.  

9.jpgHere’s a link to Euro ski trips so that you can check out trip details and download the registration form:  www.euroskitrips.com

Here’s a link to the map so that you can begin thinking of all the trails you want to ski and maybe even begin planing the Ski Safari.  http://www.bergbahn-kitzbuehel.at/?Mode=Map

Stay cool (thinking of the trip will help), 

 

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's Getting Better - Kitzbuhel Adds Lifts

logo.pngAn article from Ski Rebel Magazine 

"Austria’s Kitzbuhel resort is adding two new lifts for next winter, a 10 passenger cable car and another eight-seater chairlift.

Lift manufacturer Leitner reported that the leading Austrian resort of Kitzbuhel ordered the chair lifts.

The new Maierl gondola will be Austria’s first ten-seat gondola, and will replace a double chairlift and a drag lift on the route.

The 2.7km (1.7mi) long lift will take users up more than 671 vertical metres (2,200 ft) and transport 2,400 passengers per hour. It will also offer heated seats.

The new Ocsalm chairlift will be 1.16km (1 mi) long and can carry up to 3,300 skiers per hour. Like the new Pengelstein eight-seater that the resort installed for this winter, the new lift will also have a pull down weather protection hood."

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's Getting Better - Kitzbuhel Adds Lifts

logo.pngAn article from Ski Rebel Magazine 

"Austria’s Kitzbuhel resort is adding two new lifts for next winter, a 10 passenger cable car and another eight-seater chairlift.

Lift manufacturer Leitner reported that the leading Austrian resort of Kitzbuhel ordered the chair lifts.

The new Maierl gondola will be Austria’s first ten-seat gondola, and will replace a double chairlift and a drag lift on the route.

The 2.7km (1.7mi) long lift will take users up more than 671 vertical metres (2,200 ft) and transport 2,400 passengers per hour. It will also offer heated seats.

The new Ocsalm chairlift will be 1.16km (1 mi) long and can carry up to 3,300 skiers per hour. Like the new Pengelstein eight-seater that the resort installed for this winter, the new lift will also have a pull down weather protection hood."

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's Kitzbuhel in March 2011

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We know that you have been waiting breathlessly to find out where our 2011 ski adventure would take us. Drum roll please .....

 

Our destination for the March 2011 trip is Kitzbuhel , Austria. We will be staying at the Hotel Hotel Goldner Greif. Check out this review video of Kitzbuhel by Powder Travel. Also check out this additional video of Kitzbuhel on Powder Travel , it‘ll get you fired up to make some turns.

In addition, we will do an optional 2 night add-on in scenic Munich, Germany.          

We are extremely excited about going back to Kitz.  Its one of our faves. We traveled  there in March of 2004 and loved it, staying at the Goldener Greif .  We fell in love with the Old Town and had several days of fabulous skiing.  We are looking forward to doing the Safari, which will be easier now that the new Saukaser Valley gondola has been installed.  For those who do not plan to ski all 6 days, there are day trips by train including the Svarovski Crystal Factory, Vienna or Saltzberg (birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews). Salzberg is a wonderful city, just the right size for a day trip.

9.jpgIf you have any questions or to be added to our email list contact us

by mail at:
Allan & Donna Douglas
Euro Ski Trips
25 Nash Road
Cummington, MA, 01026

By phone at:
(413) 634-5372

By email at:
info@euroskitrips.com

Posted By Allan Douglas at 10:59 AM Labels: european ski trips, european trips, travel. trip 2011 Add Comment closed Comments (0)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's Kitzbuhel in March 2011

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We know that you have been waiting breathlessly to find out where our 2011 ski adventure would take us. Drum roll please .....

 

Our destination for the March 2011 trip is Kitzbuhel , Austria. We will be staying at the Hotel Hotel Goldner Greif. Check out this review video of Kitzbuhel by Powder Travel. Also check out this additional video of Kitzbuhel on Powder Travel , it‘ll get you fired up to make some turns.

In addition, we will do an optional 2 night add-on in scenic Munich, Germany.          

We are extremely excited about going back to Kitz.  Its one of our faves. We traveled  there in March of 2004 and loved it, staying at the Goldener Greif .  We fell in love with the Old Town and had several days of fabulous skiing.  We are looking forward to doing the Safari, which will be easier now that the new Saukaser Valley gondola has been installed.  For those who do not plan to ski all 6 days, there are day trips by train including the Svarovski Crystal Factory, Vienna or Saltzberg (birthplace of Mozart and setting for The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews). Salzberg is a wonderful city, just the right size for a day trip.

9.jpgIf you have any questions or to be added to our email list contact us

by mail at:
Allan & Donna Douglas
Euro Ski Trips
25 Nash Road
Cummington, MA, 01026

By phone at:
(413) 634-5372

By email at:
info@euroskitrips.com

Posted By Allan Douglas at 10:59 AM Labels: european ski trips, european trips, travel. trip 2011 Add Comment closed Comments (0)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Starter No Start - A Mount Snow 2 DAy Adventure

Monday 12/28/09 about 5PM.

All done helping folks down Long John, Deer Run & catching them off the top of the #11 lift as they try to get off into the high winds that have been blowing all afternoon. Get in the car, put in the key, turn the key NADA! Can't be try again NADA! Run up to the distribution center Shawns still there. Out we go thinking hey if we give it extra juice maybe it'll go. NADA! Camping at Shawn's for the night. I can handle one night. Thanks Shawn.

Tuesday 12/29/09 7:30AM

Hi Triple A. I need a tow. No not a start a tow. "Oh but they can start anything sir". I don't care just get somebody here please. 

One hour later a guy from Hartswellville VT. shows up goes through what we did the night before NADA. "Well you have bigger problems" No kidding. I'll get my ramp truck here by noon. Noon comes & goes so I'm on the phone. "How close are you with the truck?" "Well we won't be there till later cause the State police closed Rte #9 to Bennington & Rte #112 south & they have us hauling cars off the road but we'll get you."

Now at Eddie & Sharon's because their just off Rte#100 & it will be easier for him to pick me up there. Oh yeah it's now 5PM Tuesday.

6:30PM Tuesday "I'm in the truck heading down Rte#9 from the Rte#8 junction, I'll pick you up shortly."

7PM Tuesday "Hi Mr Douglas this is (tow guys wife) he just blew a hydraulic line & is stuck on Rte#9. Were going to have to pass you to another hauler." I'm camping at Eddie & Sharon's. tonight!

Wednesday 12/30/09 7:30AM

Walk into the Ambassadors meeting & people are asking why I'm still there & why is my car still covered in snow. Prospects are good a new company is coming at 8:30 to pick us both up & haul us to John's Suby in Goshen, MA. It actually happens & we drive down to MA under blue skies & no wind. Get to John's unload the car & it starts right up. Driver says "yup see that happen all the time."

Home now, cars getting a new starter & if all goes well I'll be back at  Mount Snow Frday & making some turns or helping skiers down Long John & Deer Run.

Shawn, Eddie & Sharon, for the places to stay & all the Ambassaors (what a great group) who were offering to drive me home, a deep felt thanks.

Winter ya gotta love it cause you can keep em turning & all those problems go away.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Starter No Start - A Mount Snow 2 DAy Adventure

Monday 12/28/09 about 5PM.

All done helping folks down Long John, Deer Run & catching them off the top of the #11 lift as they try to get off into the high winds that have been blowing all afternoon. Get in the car, put in the key, turn the key NADA! Can't be try again NADA! Run up to the distribution center Shawns still there. Out we go thinking hey if we give it extra juice maybe it'll go. NADA! Camping at Shawn's for the night. I can handle one night. Thanks Shawn.

Tuesday 12/29/09 7:30AM

Hi Triple A. I need a tow. No not a start a tow. "Oh but they can start anything sir". I don't care just get somebody here please. 

One hour later a guy from Hartswellville VT. shows up goes through what we did the night before NADA. "Well you have bigger problems" No kidding. I'll get my ramp truck here by noon. Noon comes & goes so I'm on the phone. "How close are you with the truck?" "Well we won't be there till later cause the State police closed Rte #9 to Bennington & Rte #112 south & they have us hauling cars off the road but we'll get you."

Now at Eddie & Sharon's because their just off Rte#100 & it will be easier for him to pick me up there. Oh yeah it's now 5PM Tuesday.

6:30PM Tuesday "I'm in the truck heading down Rte#9 from the Rte#8 junction, I'll pick you up shortly."

7PM Tuesday "Hi Mr Douglas this is (tow guys wife) he just blew a hydraulic line & is stuck on Rte#9. Were going to have to pass you to another hauler." I'm camping at Eddie & Sharon's. tonight!

Wednesday 12/30/09 7:30AM

Walk into the Ambassadors meeting & people are asking why I'm still there & why is my car still covered in snow. Prospects are good a new company is coming at 8:30 to pick us both up & haul us to John's Suby in Goshen, MA. It actually happens & we drive down to MA under blue skies & no wind. Get to John's unload the car & it starts right up. Driver says "yup see that happen all the time."

Home now, cars getting a new starter & if all goes well I'll be back at  Mount Snow Frday & making some turns or helping skiers down Long John & Deer Run.

Shawn, Eddie & Sharon, for the places to stay & all the Ambassaors (what a great group) who were offering to drive me home, a deep felt thanks.

Winter ya gotta love it cause you can keep em turning & all those problems go away.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

A Christmas Day Ramble

All the presents are unwrapped & now taking some time to enjoy the quiet of Christmas morning. So I thouht I'd check out some of the tweeters, bloggers & facebook people that I follow.


One of the people I follow with @euroskitrips is Mountain_Guides from Chamonix. This morning they had a tweet that was titled - "No Need To Dream of a White Christmas, just go Skiing" Xmas snow conditions in Europe:". So of course I followed the link & there was this article with all the countries listed & snowfalls to date. Here's a photo from the article & the blurb about Switzerland & Laax in particular.

LiftchairLaPia.jpgSwitzerland continues to top the list for powder alarms in Europe. Today Vercorin reports a remarkable 90cm (three feet) of new snow, and eight out of the top ten snowfall reports in Europe are in Switzerland. Andermatt-Gotthard claims the most snow in the country with 2.5m (over eight feet), St Moritz has 1.8m (over 6 feet), Laax 168cm (5.6 feet) and Engelberg 165cm (5.5 feet). After Vercorin with 1.6m (5.3 feet), Champoussin on the French border in the Portes du Soleil has had the most snow in the past week with a metre of fresh.

I'll keep making my turns at Mount Snow & hoping we get some pow to ski on & at the same time hope the snow keeps piling up in Laax. We hit there this March.

Just in case you want to read the whole article here's a link - http://bit.ly/4t12KA

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Friday, December 25, 2009

A Christmas Day Ramble

All the presents are unwrapped & now taking some time to enjoy the quiet of Christmas morning. So I thouht I'd check out some of the tweeters, bloggers & facebook people that I follow.


One of the people I follow with @euroskitrips is Mountain_Guides from Chamonix. This morning they had a tweet that was titled - "No Need To Dream of a White Christmas, just go Skiing" Xmas snow conditions in Europe:". So of course I followed the link & there was this article with all the countries listed & snowfalls to date. Here's a photo from the article & the blurb about Switzerland & Laax in particular.

LiftchairLaPia.jpgSwitzerland continues to top the list for powder alarms in Europe. Today Vercorin reports a remarkable 90cm (three feet) of new snow, and eight out of the top ten snowfall reports in Europe are in Switzerland. Andermatt-Gotthard claims the most snow in the country with 2.5m (over eight feet), St Moritz has 1.8m (over 6 feet), Laax 168cm (5.6 feet) and Engelberg 165cm (5.5 feet). After Vercorin with 1.6m (5.3 feet), Champoussin on the French border in the Portes du Soleil has had the most snow in the past week with a metre of fresh.

I'll keep making my turns at Mount Snow & hoping we get some pow to ski on & at the same time hope the snow keeps piling up in Laax. We hit there this March.

Just in case you want to read the whole article here's a link - http://bit.ly/4t12KA

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Here We Sit

Well here we sit in New England & no snow has fallen to speak of.

The temps have been bad for snowmaking & what snow they have cranked out has been rained on. At this point I'm sure that they are looking for any window no matter how small to blow snow. It'll be the old blow it into piles & hope for little damage on the warm or rainy days. Then a big push it out & open for skiing if they can get enough down. Been there done that. It's not fun here in NE right now, not for the snowmakers, cause their not working & not for the skiers, cause their not playing.

current.jpgOn the other hand Europe is getting hammered. Most resorts have snow down to 1100m & today Chamonix reports 10cm in the village & still snowing. Of course I checked the Flims/Laax reports & they are getting snow also as this shot from one of the webcams shows.

They have been skiing & riding @ the high elevations for a couple of weeks & with this new snow things will definitely improve. So at least when we go there in March it looks like we'll have some decent conditions. 

If things here in NE don't change fairly soon I might have to check into how many air miles I have & take a trip earlier than planned. I'm really tired of looking at brown ground & watching weather reports for that cold weather never mind a snow storm just give us some low temps.

Just waiting to do some turns.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Here We Sit

Well here we sit in New England & no snow has fallen to speak of.

The temps have been bad for snowmaking & what snow they have cranked out has been rained on. At this point I'm sure that they are looking for any window no matter how small to blow snow. It'll be the old blow it into piles & hope for little damage on the warm or rainy days. Then a big push it out & open for skiing if they can get enough down. Been there done that. It's not fun here in NE right now, not for the snowmakers, cause their not working & not for the skiers, cause their not playing.

current.jpgOn the other hand Europe is getting hammered. Most resorts have snow down to 1100m & today Chamonix reports 10cm in the village & still snowing. Of course I checked the Flims/Laax reports & they are getting snow also as this shot from one of the webcams shows.

They have been skiing & riding @ the high elevations for a couple of weeks & with this new snow things will definitely improve. So at least when we go there in March it looks like we'll have some decent conditions. 

If things here in NE don't change fairly soon I might have to check into how many air miles I have & take a trip earlier than planned. I'm really tired of looking at brown ground & watching weather reports for that cold weather never mind a snow storm just give us some low temps.

Just waiting to do some turns.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Movember in Chamonix

Had yo put this up.

Thanks to chamonixinsider.com some nice turns on Le Tour in November.

When we were there in March of o8 it was sunny & the skiing was great. 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Movember in Chamonix

Had yo put this up.

Thanks to chamonixinsider.com some nice turns on Le Tour in November.

When we were there in March of o8 it was sunny & the skiing was great. 

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tour de France & a Wild Bus Ride

Watching todays Tour de France stage brought back a memory of a wild ride in a bus.

We had taken a day trip to Montreaux & did some sight seeing & castle viewing. Before heading back we stopped with friends & had a few brews & some food. Just did manage to catch the train back.

When we got to the town of le Chable where they have a tram that will bring you to the village of Verbier. The tram was closed for the evening but there was one more bus heading up to Verbier so we jumped on.

I think the driver was late for supper or had to meet someone. He drove the climb that was featured in today's tour like he was driving a sports car not a 40 passenger bus. Believe me those turns you saw in this stage are sharp & at times the nose of the bus hangs out over the edge. After arriving at our hotel in Verbier we had to have a few more brews to calm down.

Now I can look back & laugh & it's a great memory of skiing in Europe but that evening we were all shaking & trying to calm down.

The next day on the slopes it was all put behind because it was a bluebird day.

 

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tour de France & a Wild Bus Ride

Watching todays Tour de France stage brought back a memory of a wild ride in a bus.

We had taken a day trip to Montreaux & did some sight seeing & castle viewing. Before heading back we stopped with friends & had a few brews & some food. Just did manage to catch the train back.

When we got to the town of le Chable where they have a tram that will bring you to the village of Verbier. The tram was closed for the evening but there was one more bus heading up to Verbier so we jumped on.

I think the driver was late for supper or had to meet someone. He drove the climb that was featured in today's tour like he was driving a sports car not a 40 passenger bus. Believe me those turns you saw in this stage are sharp & at times the nose of the bus hangs out over the edge. After arriving at our hotel in Verbier we had to have a few more brews to calm down.

Now I can look back & laugh & it's a great memory of skiing in Europe but that evening we were all shaking & trying to calm down.

The next day on the slopes it was all put behind because it was a bluebird day.

 

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Flims/Laax 2010 - Use your Air Miles

Euro Ski Trips announces today that people signing up for the Flims/Laax 2010 ski trip will be able to use air miles for their flight(s). This will help to reduce the overall expense to them for their ski trip to Europe.

For further information contact Euro Ski Trips by email at info@euroskitrips.com or call (413) 634-5372 or go to the contact page here www.euroskitrips.com and enter your information to be kept uptodate on our trips.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Flims/Laax 2010 - Use your Air Miles

Euro Ski Trips announces today that people signing up for the Flims/Laax 2010 ski trip will be able to use air miles for their flight(s). This will help to reduce the overall expense to them for their ski trip to Europe.

For further information contact Euro Ski Trips by email at info@euroskitrips.com or call (413) 634-5372 or go to the contact page here www.euroskitrips.com and enter your information to be kept uptodate on our trips.

Posted By Allan Douglas at 10:42 AM Labels: flims/laax, trip 2010, resorts, european ski trips, european city Add Comment closed Comments (0)
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Flims/Laax Trip News

Hi Everyone --

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Well, here it is, the “official” flyer for the Flims/Laax 2010 Ski Trip in March.

Use the following link and go to www.euroskitrips.com/Trips/Flims10/Flims10PDF.php Just download the PDF, fill in the bottom portion of page 2, which is the trip application/insurance form, and mail to us along with your deposit and copy of your passport by 9/1/09.

Note:  Please make a second copy of your passport to bring along with you on the trip in case yours is lost.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer.

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Aufwiedersehen

Allan & Donna
413-634-5372
info@euroskitrips.com

PS     For Dave - It's going to be ausgetzeitnet!

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Flims/Laax Trip News

Hi Everyone --

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Well, here it is, the “official” flyer for the Flims/Laax 2010 Ski Trip in March.

Use the following link and go to www.euroskitrips.com/Trips/Flims10/Flims10PDF.php Just download the PDF, fill in the bottom portion of page 2, which is the trip application/insurance form, and mail to us along with your deposit and copy of your passport by 9/1/09.

Note:  Please make a second copy of your passport to bring along with you on the trip in case yours is lost.

Hope you all have a wonderful summer.

As always, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Aufwiedersehen

Allan & Donna
413-634-5372
info@euroskitrips.com

PS     For Dave - It's going to be ausgetzeitnet!

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Flims Numbers by May 1st

We have put the trip for March 2010 to together.

Flims/Laax, Switzerland with an optional extension to Zurich, Switzerland is our destination. We are in the process of putting the flyer & the insurance application together with final numbers & information.

An announcement with all the updated information will go out to all our past travellers by May 1st. At the same time all the information on the web site will be updated & the applications for the trip & insurance will be available to download in PDF format.

We are exploring the possibility of people using their travel miles for the air portion of the trip. That will hopefully be finalized also by the 1st of May.

Stay Tuned!

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Flims Numbers by May 1st

We have put the trip for March 2010 to together.

Flims/Laax, Switzerland with an optional extension to Zurich, Switzerland is our destination. We are in the process of putting the flyer & the insurance application together with final numbers & information.

An announcement with all the updated information will go out to all our past travellers by May 1st. At the same time all the information on the web site will be updated & the applications for the trip & insurance will be available to download in PDF format.

We are exploring the possibility of people using their travel miles for the air portion of the trip. That will hopefully be finalized also by the 1st of May.

Stay Tuned!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

12inches and Still Snowing

4494265144_04760ea730.jpgWell according to The Attitash Mountain News they got hammered from this last storm so, things are looking good for the March trip.

Things have come together nicely for our jaunt north & east to New Hampshire. We have people showing up starting Thursday others getting there late Sunday & the last of us will depart on the next Thursday. In between we will be turning them on Attitash with a planned venture up to The Cat on Wednesday. Of course there will be socializing, eating, some drinking & general fun making with a bunch of friends & relatives. It should be an awsome time. I'll be right back.

OK I'm back, after typing the above I figured I better go do some exercise this trip could require being in shape I know there's a couple of turn rippers in this group & I don't want to be in tne snow off their tails. I won't be able to enjoy the view.

We also have started the process for going across the pond next year. I have been watching the Word Cup races on US Network & I have to admit I'm going to miss those Alps or Dolomites this year.

Presently we are looking at Flims/Laax in Switzerland for 2010 with a couple of days on the end in Zurich. Stay tuned we'll keep you posted.

Gotta go do some squats now.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

12inches and Still Snowing

4494265144_04760ea730.jpgWell according to The Attitash Mountain News they got hammered from this last storm so, things are looking good for the March trip.

Things have come together nicely for our jaunt north & east to New Hampshire. We have people showing up starting Thursday others getting there late Sunday & the last of us will depart on the next Thursday. In between we will be turning them on Attitash with a planned venture up to The Cat on Wednesday. Of course there will be socializing, eating, some drinking & general fun making with a bunch of friends & relatives. It should be an awsome time. I'll be right back.

OK I'm back, after typing the above I figured I better go do some exercise this trip could require being in shape I know there's a couple of turn rippers in this group & I don't want to be in tne snow off their tails. I won't be able to enjoy the view.

We also have started the process for going across the pond next year. I have been watching the Word Cup races on US Network & I have to admit I'm going to miss those Alps or Dolomites this year.

Presently we are looking at Flims/Laax in Switzerland for 2010 with a couple of days on the end in Zurich. Stay tuned we'll keep you posted.

Gotta go do some squats now.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Off the Webcams

cortinasocrepes.jpgThis morning I was browsing some of the web sites of ski areas we have been to in the last few years and pulled a few shots off the webcams at some of them.

It seems today most of the ski areas were getting some snow.

I still have a link from Cortina for their snow reports & they have been getting a lot of snow. They are reporting 270cm on Tofana & 170cm at Socrepes which, is the first pic. The snow on the roofs downtown is the most I have seen since I have been checking the webcams which has been for the last 3 years. The webcams for Cortina are at - www.dolomiti.org/dengl/Cortina.

chami7_big.jpg This Shot is dowtown Chamonix overlooking the Place Balmat. Normally you could see the mountains in the background but, not today.

I could use a chocolate crepe right about now. I think the shop is just down the street on the right. I'll be right back. Well that was good.

chamonix-triangle.jpgThe next shot is also Cham looking up towards the main church, the Maison de la Montagne (guide office, ski-school, + High-mountain office) is to the right of the church & again no Alps in the background where they should be. Cam link is - www.chamonet.com.

I had to check out one more place so off I went to the north western part of Italia & zoomed 3 - 4 hours, & a memorable bus trip, north of Milan to Bormio. This is such a great town & the mountain is a blast to play on. 

meteoeye1.jpgThis shot is from Bormio 3000 which is the top. Looking down from here you just want to let'em rip but watch out it's steep & a real long ride. I tried to get a view from another spot called Bormio 2000 but, it was below the clouds in this shot.

I was just checking to see if I could get that view from Bormio 200 & look what they diviaroma.jpgd during the day today. Snow down the main pedestrian way called The Via Roma and with 2 great tracks for some kick & glide action. Ya gotta love that thinking. Also notice the people not walking all over the tracks, now that's courtesy. The cams for Bormio are at www.bormio.it.

 

 

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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Off the Webcams

cortinasocrepes.jpgThis morning I was browsing some of the web sites of ski areas we have been to in the last few years and pulled a few shots off the webcams at some of them.

It seems today most of the ski areas were getting some snow.

I still have a link from Cortina for their snow reports & they have been getting a lot of snow. They are reporting 270cm on Tofana & 170cm at Socrepes which, is the first pic. The snow on the roofs downtown is the most I have seen since I have been checking the webcams which has been for the last 3 years. The webcams for Cortina are at - www.dolomiti.org/dengl/Cortina.

chami7_big.jpg This Shot is dowtown Chamonix overlooking the Place Balmat. Normally you could see the mountains in the background but, not today.

I could use a chocolate crepe right about now. I think the shop is just down the street on the right. I'll be right back. Well that was good.

chamonix-triangle.jpgThe next shot is also Cham looking up towards the main church, the Maison de la Montagne (guide office, ski-school, + High-mountain office) is to the right of the church & again no Alps in the background where they should be. Cam link is - www.chamonet.com.

I had to check out one more place so off I went to the north western part of Italia & zoomed 3 - 4 hours, & a memorable bus trip, north of Milan to Bormio. This is such a great town & the mountain is a blast to play on. 

meteoeye1.jpgThis shot is from Bormio 3000 which is the top. Looking down from here you just want to let'em rip but watch out it's steep & a real long ride. I tried to get a view from another spot called Bormio 2000 but, it was below the clouds in this shot.

I was just checking to see if I could get that view from Bormio 200 & look what they diviaroma.jpgd during the day today. Snow down the main pedestrian way called The Via Roma and with 2 great tracks for some kick & glide action. Ya gotta love that thinking. Also notice the people not walking all over the tracks, now that's courtesy. The cams for Bormio are at www.bormio.it.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Seven n Three


Most of our European ski trips include seven days at the chosen resort for that year & then three days of visiting a European city on the way home. We like this format because it gives you a chance to slow down after the hustle of the ski week. Also you can fly home on a Monday or Tuesday which is much easier than the crush on a Saturday.

We try to pick a city that is easy to reach on the way home so that we don't add a lot of extra travel cost but, we also want to visit interesting destinations. Some of the places we have been to include Paris, Amsterdam (2 times), Milan & Salzburg.

You don't have to do the add on trip on the way home but most of our travelers do choose to make that part of their itinerary. They enjoy the idea of carousing around a city, visiting one or two famous attractions or just finding a nice street cafe and taking in the European ambiance.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Seven n Three


Most of our European ski trips include seven days at the chosen resort for that year & then three days of visiting a European city on the way home. We like this format because it gives you a chance to slow down after the hustle of the ski week. Also you can fly home on a Monday or Tuesday which is much easier than the crush on a Saturday.

We try to pick a city that is easy to reach on the way home so that we don't add a lot of extra travel cost but, we also want to visit interesting destinations. Some of the places we have been to include Paris, Amsterdam (2 times), Milan & Salzburg.

You don't have to do the add on trip on the way home but most of our travelers do choose to make that part of their itinerary. They enjoy the idea of carousing around a city, visiting one or two famous attractions or just finding a nice street cafe and taking in the European ambiance.

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