The time has come, I am preparing my ‘valigie’ for a quick trip to Folgaria. Excited doesn’t cover it.
I am going to meet my grandaughter Sophie for the first time. I am going to see Evan and Gracey for the first time in over a year, I am going to hug my kids Tommy and Meggie so hard they pop and a special hug to Oana my daughter in law too who took these wonderful photographs.
I can’t wait to meet up with my friends again, you know the ones, you pick off exactly where you left off as if a day hasn’t gone by since you last spoke, let alone a year. And I’m going to revisit my ‘other home’ the place I grew up in, from a teen into an adult and spent the best part of 20 years.
I haven’t returned to Folgaria ‘summer season’ since I left and coincidentally I left in the sunny August of 2004.
Folgaria in the summer is beautiful and has so much to offer families, there are lots of things I am looking forward to cramming in during my 5 day break and here are some of them to give you an idea of what to expect from a mountain holiday in the Italian Dolomites.
- A cable car to the top of Stella d’Italia which offers spectacular views across the tops of the dolomites. I can also say hello to Francesca (from Manchester) who has lived out there longer than me and her son went to school with Tommy. I saw the other day on Folgaria News she now caters for wedding parties too.
- Take the girls to drink a proper hot chocolate known as a Cioccolata calda, expect a photo of it on Instagram.
- Order and eat an Eis Cafe or Iced Coffee, here’s one I made when reminiscing one day.
- Visit the boutiques in town and buy some gorgeous Italian clothes.
- Drink some of my very favourite wines and visit La Cantina for an evening out with the girls like old times.
- Try some of the local restaurants. Ristorante da Ugo, Maso Mittereck,
- Visit Hotel Post Folgaria to see my brother and sister in-law and eat one of his delicious home made brioche or maybe a slice of his apple strudle.
- Take a trip up to Malga Millegrobbe say hello to Max and eat some of is delicious food.
- Take photos of the flower boxes lining every nook and cranny in town.
- Go to the top of the mountain at night time with a blanket and lie down to watch and count the shooting stars.
There is plenty more and I have every intention to blog daily from my second home but you know how it is, I may get waylaid with the write ups, however I shall be documenting my stay on Instagram so if you’re interested in a Mountain break, summer or winter then please do keep an eye out for what to expect.
My friend Emma from A Bavarian Sojourn went to stay a few days with her family and you can find out how she got on here