DOLOMITES FALL 2018
FACTOID: Dolomite is a gray carbonate material.
FACTOID: The majority of the people here speak German as their first language. This area of Italy was part of Austria until 1919 - after World War I.
This area of Italy is not like Italy at all. You would think that you are in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Almost all signs are either in German or Italian and German. Entering a restaurant the first day it was a surprise to be greeted by the hostess in German. A sign advertising bread and apple strudel.
We are now experts on good apple strudel - it was our lunch most days.
The architecture of the entire region is not Italian but Swiss or Austrian.
This was our first view of the mountains as we left Venice at sea level. The trip from Venice to our first stopping point was about 2 1/2 hours with the first 1 1/2 on interstate like roads.
We stopped at a side of the road restaurant for some lunch and we thought the views were great but nothing like we were about to experience.
I had gnocchi with mushrooms. It is mushroom season.