WEST OF CORTINA – We hiked today through a company of Alpini training on the rock faces above us. They wished not to be photographed. We ran into some fairly threatening weather but didn’t get all that wet. Black and white images taken with my Leica Monochrom; the one color images from the trip is from my Leica M.
SAN CASSIANO – We’ve stayed two nights in this lovely town – in major part because of the marvelous hotel here, Rosa Alpini. We had a chance to get to know the owner, Hugo Pizzinini and his family, and Norbert Niederkofler, the Michelin two star chef who runs the restaurant in the hotel. All images taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summichron Asph. lens.
Hugo at a lunch that he provided in his family’s hut on the alp above San Cassiano.
THE DOLOMITES – I’m at a bit of a loss on exactly where this was taken because I’m writing this in Connecticut separated from my copy of our Italian itinerary. Next trip I’ll use the iPhone’s gps to help document were I’ve been. So we’ll just look at the pictures, taken with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron Asph. lens, rather than write about them. The first image is six frames stitched.
On this day last year: Todi and Milan. On this day last year we drove from Todi to Milan, an itinerary that we will repeat this year later in our journey.
SCHUTZHAUS TIERSER ALPL – The hardest day in our trek. A long, long uphill slog from Schlern to this refugio in a high saddle. We sleep here in bunk bed accomodations and have a relatively simple meal – our only simple dinner of the entire trip. Well worth the effort. All images with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm Summicron Asph. lens.
On this day last year: Todi. Todi is actually our next stop (after the Dolomites) in this year’s trip.
ON THE TRAIL TO SILS MARIA – We had some rain along the way here – one of two rainy days on the trip. A little rain is a good thing because otherwise we would have been carrying out weatherproof layers in vain. The view from the trail back toward St. Moritz taken with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens.
SWITZERLAND FROM GUARDA AND ZUOZ – No, I’m not making these place names up at random. Zuoz is a real place. We got to some pretty high altitudes today. I felt in a Black and white mood once we left Guarda. All taken with my Leica M9 and 24mm Summilux lens.