Thursday, December 27, 2012

Boxing Day in the Mountains

I spent a very different Christmas to what I'd grown up with. Different but wonderful. Great company, lovely food, and plenty to drink. And the day after, waking up to another grey and drizzly day, my friend Roberta had the brilliant idea of heading up to the mountains. We went to Macugnaga, at the foot of Monte Rosa, in the very north of Piemonte. It's pretty much the opposite of what usually comes to mind when you think of Italy. Beautiful Alpine architecture, snow, and breathtaking mountains. And silence. It was so calm and peaceful. There were a few skiers about - I don't ski myself so I didn't go anywhere near the slopes! - but seeing as we arrived at lunchtime, down in the villages everywhere was calm. Some of the shops had a three hour lunch break! And speaking of lunch I had possibly the best panino I've ever had in my whole life: a bomba made up of sausage, mushrooms and melted cheese! Buonissimo! After filling my lungs with crisp Alpine air it was difficult coming back to Milan's smog!


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, it must have been fabulous! Happy New Year. x

Nerys said...

Yes, it was lovely! Happy New Year to you too Pat! x