In Ortesei-St. Ulrich
13.07.2015 - 13.07.2015 27 °C
We have settled into Garni Hubertus, our home for the next six days in Ortesei. We are in the Dolomites, in North Italy, to do some hiking. This South Tyrol region is a recent addition to Italy that was chipped away from Austria in 1919 by the Allies as a reward to the Italians for fighting the Germans. As a result, both German and Italian are spoken, everything is printed in both languages including the names of the towns. Ortesei (Italian) or St. Ulrich (German) is the first village of the Val Gardena. People from each of the three villages speak their own version of Ladin, which only they understand. That also means Dave can find his favourite apple strudel here!
Peter, the owner of the B&B, is enthusiastically making suggestions and will be guiding us on our hiking in the mountains. His mom, Crystal, is 82 and helps serve breakfast every morning.
The place is beautiful and Peter made a decision when he built to have no wifi. "Then guest will talk to each other", he said. Wood ceilings, wood floors, very calm feeling and the best shower ever, according to Dave. Sitting on the deck, a cool breeze is coming down through the trees and the birds are flying in and out of the trees. We can't wait to explore it!!