Another week, another big race for Agi. This time the North Face Lavaredo Skyrace in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy. Agi and her friend wanted to run this race so we were off to Italy!
We’ve Worked in… Italy
We started in Poland where we were staying with our friends. We drove from Poland into Germany, south through Germany, across a small sliver of Austria and finally into Italy. I had never been to Austria before and the scenery around Innsbruck was some of the most amazing I have ever seen; sweeping valleys and rugged peaks. Among the hills we could see gorgeous little churches that almost looked too perfect to be real.
Coming into Italy we started climbing up into the mountains and the gorgeous scenery continued. We arrived in Cortina D’Ampezzo after a mere 15 hours driving. The town is located in a valley so there are amazing views in every direction. We were staying in a lovely apartment in a traditional alpine style house. The views from the balcony were amazing.
Agi and I did some work when we arrived to make up for the day we lost on the road but we were tired so it was just triage. The next day we woke up and started work. Our friends walked with their kids down to the local bakery and brought back fresh pastries and coffee. It’s a hard knock life.
In the afternoon we all went to Falzarego Pass and took the cable car up the mountain. You can see the view at the top of this post. I have never seen views quite like it. The mountain peaks are stark rock which look like fantasy fortresses built into the hills. The valleys are lush green forests and meadows. The weather was astonishing with bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine. Agi and I walked down the mountain with our friends’ daughter. I got sunburned but it was a lovely afternoon.
Agi and her friend ran the Cortina Skyrace in the evening, a 25km trail run through the mountains. They had a great time and completed the race in 3h28m, just beating the 3h30m cut off time. I was exhausted after our long walk in the afternoon and Aga went to run a half marathon!
The next morning was more work before taking the kids to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the afternoon. We went for another fantastic walk along the valley. We took tons of pictures. It’s hard to take a bad photo in this region so I don’t know how to choose amongst them! I will share one m0re panorama:
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