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The first 30+ posts of this blog describe my experiences as I complete a nine month cooking course - the City and Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation and Culinary Art. I did this after I moved out of full time employment and it was purely selfish - I love food, cooking, eating and drinking. Subsequent posts are about, food, travel and adventures.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Hiking in the Dolomites

After four sweltering days at Lake Garda (35 C) it was a pleasure to move into the mountains, but not before enjoying swimming in the lake and visiting nearby attractions.

 

Desenzano dal Garda

 

A day trip to Sirmione reveals not only a blue haired million day trippers, but a castle fit for Game of Thrones!

 

Given my prep for five days walking in the Dolomites (the Italian Alps) was ensuring a zero fitness base then building on that with two months eating and drinking through the USA, it is no surprise to me that day one was a bit of a bitch.

 

 

Onwards and upwards

 

In fact, it was a pretty mild hike with a few sections of uphill and a steep downhill at the end, but otherwise undulating moderately. Hot sun and 28 degrees didn't help, but I've no one to blame by myself for my lazy approach and lack of match fitness.

Subsequently the story gets a lot more interesting, but in the meantime here's photos of the fabulous Dolomites and their surrounds.  

 

Made it to the top
 

 

 

You climb and climb, and suddenly! Cows - with bells
 

 

 

Shale and rocky bits
 
There's always a Refugio for coffee and strudel

 

And a chapel for a quick prayer

 

Going somewhere?