Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rain Day

It is cloudy and gray outside and we are in a quandary as to whether we should hike today or not. Michaela from our b&b helps us change our reservations at the rifugio and delay hiking until tomorrow. We learn that her mother has owned the b&b for 30 years and she has been there for 22. They formerly ran a hut up on the plateau where she grew up and would walk out and come down to Siusi to school.  In the winter they rode snowmobiles to get around. What a different childhood she had; reminds me of the story of Heidi in the Swiss alps. 
     We spend the day walking around the town of Casselrotto, a 5 min drive from Siusi Allo Sciliar where we are staying. It gives us a chance to relax and see the local culture.  Casselrotto, Siusi and Ortesei are towns at the base of the plateau, Alpse de Siusi. Each of the towns we visit has its own character but all the hotels have a Swiss chalet look with colorful flowers hanging off windowboxes. 
- Ortesei is known for its woodcarvings - large sculptures are on display in parks, in front of businesses and along the streets
- Casselrotto has winding roads and appears to cater to the high end shopper with its large pedestrian shopping  promenade
- Siusi is more our style with pretty scenery and a small local town feel. 


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