Trentino, Folgaria for a weekend

chasing ducks kate, folgaria Trentino ItalyIt’s always a mad rush whenever I get back from a trip away and my weekend trip to Folgaria, Trentino was no different, it’s taken the entire week to catch up and I still haven’t. I have product reviews to do, emails to reply to and posts to write but hey, What a Fantastic Time I Had!

The principal reason for my trip was to meet Evan my grandson who wasn’t due until 5th March but the little tinker decided to make a grand entrance 5 weeks early. Now I like being punctual but even I’m not that eager! My first lesson might be to teach him it never pays to be the first to arrive at a party.

Looks like Evan could be Gracey's doll!

Of course I wanted to meet with Gracey too who I hadn’t seen for over a year. Little ones quickly forget about people and although she was a bit reserved to start with we soon hit it off brilliantly, the fairy dress and princess knickers I took over for her may have helped plus a suitcase full of bits and pieces which she helped me unpack, it must have felt like Christmas all over again.

My children, Thomas and Megan who I miss deeply, I hugged and hugged and hugged again until I could tell they were ‘Alright mum! That’ll do’ How lovely to now be able to sit with these young adults have a mature conversation and feel so enthusiastic for them and the lives they are leading. Tommy and Oana are moving house as I write (with a newborn baby), thank goodness for the family all chipping in to help them out. Oana by the way looks a very contented mamma, I cast an eye over to make sure there was no PND or signs of exhaustion but she is enormously happy and she’s coping marvellously. I stayed with them and she made me feel very welcome and at home which is so lovely as I was worried about going over as the Suocera Cattiva (nasty mother-in-law).

I can’t believe the extent of the nasty comments Oana received at the beginning of her pregnancy from some of the local malelingue who deemed it necessary to share their evil thoughts, it never ceases to amaze me how these people can be so spiteful about someone they have never met. How they will pick on a young adult (21 years old) in their self righteousness – you know who you all are and I suggest you take a deep look into your soul before commenting again on my family.

Folgaria has changed lots in the past two years, new hotels lots of new shops along the high street and plenty of interesting things to look at and visit but it still has reserved the beautiful quaint village feel that I know so well and love so much.

I got a VIP visit to the hotel the kids work in with their father. The hotel I remember from years ago…it was closed down but a friend had keys and we ‘Trauma’ a local band (I was lead singer!) used to go in and practise our repertoire – think Coldplay and then turn your mind to the opposite :) However the hotel has been completely renovated and looks fabulous, what’s more my ex, the boss, who hasn’t wanted to even see me in his country till now allowed our kids to show me around. Thank you!

I could feel their tension as we strolled around the most utterly chic hotel, we bumped into him and I felt his tension but it all went ok. Tommy made me a proper espresso in the bar and then Megan had to start work in the reception so Tom and I made our way home.

un cafe' come si deve

I’d love to be a guest at Alpen Hotel Eghel, it’s simply stunning, for all the problems I may have had with my ex husband I cannot fault his vision of beauty and luxury that has always been incredibly ahead of the times. A creative man who always knows what is the next best thing. He’s nailed it again and my kids have a great future ahead of them. Until next time Folgaria, can’t wait to be back


  1. March 3, 2012 / 8:58 AM

    Really loved reading that Mari, it looks like you had a totally wonderful time – the photos you’ve taken are beautiful. Glad the brief meet with your ex went ok too.


    p.s. Oh and you could never EVER be a Suocera Cattiva!

    • Mari
      March 5, 2012 / 10:18 AM

      It all seems so long ago now! Fingers crossed we can all go over for the baby’s christening in May/June

  2. caro_mad
    March 3, 2012 / 9:06 AM

    Beautiful photos, Mari. I’m glad to read that you have had such a lovely time with your family. Your grandchildren are so adorable. My parents spend their summer holidays in the Dolomites every single year. They absolutely love the scenery and hiking. It’s such a beautiful region.


    • Mari
      March 5, 2012 / 10:18 AM

      The Dolomites are spectacular and make a fabulous holiday for all ages, you should try it!

  3. jfb57
    March 3, 2012 / 3:22 PM

    You clearly had a wonderful time &packed so much in! Wonderful photos showing lots of happiness!

    • Mari
      March 5, 2012 / 10:19 AM

      It was fabulous but went by far too quickly

  4. Frankie Parker
    March 4, 2012 / 4:11 AM

    Great to hear that you had such a fab time with your family..  Evan looks adorable….

    • Mari
      March 5, 2012 / 10:19 AM

      Evan is such a good baby, eats and sleeps – I hardly heard a whisper from him

    • Mari
      March 5, 2012 / 10:20 AM

      Me too xxx

  5. March 4, 2012 / 10:41 AM

    Oh Mari, this post made me cry!!  Evan is gorgeous, as is Gracey!   I am so pleased you had such a wonderful time with your family, it must be so hard not having them around the corner!   As for being a Suocera Cattiva, I couldn’t imagine someone less apt for this description!  Emma xx

    • Mari
      March 5, 2012 / 10:21 AM

      I’d hate to be a suocera cattiva! I had a marvellous time and managed to fit so much in, mind you I was exhausted when I got home, hopefully on top of things a bit more this week as last week was a manic rush to catch up!

  6. The Fool
    March 9, 2012 / 9:58 PM

    Looks truly fabulous and you have got some great photos there, also now I want a proper Italian espresso :) 

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