Monday, 20 August 2012

la Regina, Cortina d'Ampezzo. August, Sunday 19th

The weekend didn't start in a good way, on Saturday morning I found out that the film I used to photograph our day-trips to Passo Rolle and Carso (our friend Miss P took us to the best osmize near Trieste) turned out completely grey. I was really exited to blog about these beautiful location and to see how the photos look like. I keep telling myself that it's a good excuse to come back for another visit but... we'll see.

However, that wasn't a good reason to stay home on Sunday. It was so hot that the decision to move towards the mountain was unavoidable.

When we go somewhere in Cadore, we always make a stop in the wonderful Pasticceria Fiori in San Vito di Cadore. They are so kind! The pastries are delicious and if you want something sweet and refreshing, ask for the Ski Wasser, a non-alcoholic cocktail made of raspberry syrup, lemon juice, soda and ice (the alcoholic version has gin in it).

After the break, we continued towards Cortina. It was hotter than we expected, so the long road was unconfortable, but we made it in time for lunch.
There are a lot of good restaurants were you can taste the local cousine, we choose the Baita Piè Tofana, near the ski slopes. It's funny how different is this place in summer. Even without the magic of the snow, it's still wonderful. 

In spite of all the cheesy eighties movies, the overpriced bar and restaurants, the snobbish tourists, don't forget that Cortina is called the Dolomites Queen for a reason. And the most amazing thing here is the one that you don't have to pay for. Just take a look around, you'll fall in love with that views, lanscapes, blue skies, smell of wood and musk.

From August 11th to September 15th, contemporary art, too, is at home in Cortina, with Dolomiti Contemporanee, a  project that brings contemporary art to the Dolomites. (more info here)
The exhibition "Play by the rules / giocando secondo (con) le regole" is held inside the Ethnographic Museum and plays with the connections beetween tradition and modernity. This exhibition is just a small piece of 2012 DC's puzzle,the biggest part of the project  is held in Taibon, inside a disused glasses factory.

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