Notes from the road – edition 33: The Dolomites
Where do I even begin.
After an epic weekend in Nice, I boarded my bus (barely – I made it at 9:19pm and the bus was due to leave at 9:20pm) to Venice. I arrived before the sun was up and made my way to the airport, no time to explore the city of canals this time around.
I picked up my car from the airport and away I went!
Italy and the Dolomites really wasn’t on my radar at all this year until I saw a few friends come here. Seeing their photos and Instagram stories was enough to push it straight to the top of my list. It was an expensive decision to head to the Dolomites, but it’s an expense I’m incredibly glad I made.
I think I’ve talked about this before, but it’s really truly amazing the effect your environment has on your outlook. From being cooped up in a city for two months, to having nothing but a car and opportunity in front of me. It’s been so incredible I can hardly formulate the words to describe it.
The landscape here in the Dolomites is utterly breathtaking. Incredible mountain peaks are on every horizon, tempting you to climb them. In the valley, alpine lakes of bright turquoise reflect the beauty around them. The temptation to swim in the icy water is very high. There is far more of a German and Austrian influence here than I expected, but the people are delightful and friendly. Every town is covered in flowers and the most beautiful buildings line the cobblestoned streets.
Currently, I haven’t showered in seven days, I’ve slept in a very cold car for five nights, I definitely smell, and my legs have taken a punishing from all the hiking. I’ve also eaten a lot of straddle and pizza. I couldn’t be happier or more stoked to be here.
The camera gear has gotten a proper workout this week. Here are a few of my favourite snaps from my road trip through the Dolomites so far.