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Six days in the Dolomites

I did it again.

Trawling through Instagram, I came across a fantastic photograph of a landscape that looked other worldly, like a scene from Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. ‘Where is this magical place?‘ I thought, before looking at the location tag of the photo and figuring out that it was in the Dolomites – a UNESCO world heritage mountain range in the north east of Italy.

There is something about the mountains that draws me in. The scale and grandeur of large mountain ranges seem to make everything else feel fairly insignificant – something which was very welcome having had a fairly difficult year to date. A place to forget about the worries. A place to reset.

As usual, I did my research – hours and hours of research. Where should we stay? Where should we visit? How accessible were the best photo opportunities and scenery? And finally, when was the best time to visit?

The internet told me that September was a wonderful time to visit the Dolomites. The weather would be cooling down slightly, but still mild. The crowds that came in August to escape the searing heat of the rest of the country would be gone and it would be fairly quiet (compared to summer). Perfect I thought. Well, Mother Nature had different ideas. A couple of days before our trip I checked the local forecasts and there was snow, what seemed like significant amounts of snow at higher elevations along with temperatures into the minus °c’s. I needed to re-pack – take out some shorts and pack some sweaters, fleeces, hats and gloves!

We flew into Innsbruck, Austria with British Airways (getting some use of our Avios miles) – a short flight of 1h 25m. The hire car was booked through Sixt, who’s service was awesome by the way. I will definitely look at using this company again in the future. We then embarked on our 1.5 hour drive to the town of Ortisei, which would be our base for the first three nights.

Day One – Ortisei

Ortisei is the largest town in the valley of Val Gardena, located in the South Tyrol region of Italy. Situated at 1,236m above sea level and surrounded by snow peaked mountains, it is the ideal base for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter.

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Being in the South Tyrol region (or Alto Adige as it is known in Italian) bordering Austria, the area has a very Austrian / German feel to it – the architecture and also the bilingual signage showing both German and Italian. In fact it was difficult to figure out which language to use (I hasten to add that I can barely speak German or Italian, but it’s good to make an effort) – it was a case of seeing which language people spoke to you first, and then running with it!

Anyway, back to that architecture.

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The centre of Ortisei is mostly pedestrianised with a good selection of cafes and bars, restaurants, shops and hotel resorts. We stayed at the Hotel Garni Snalterhof, a family run bed and breakfast on a piazza in the centre of the town. Staff were friendly, rooms were comfortable and traditionally decorated (the manager did inform us that the top floor was being completely renovated after we departed – I hope they keep some of the charm). Although there was no bar or restaurant within the hotel, there was a lovely restaurant next door called Vedl Mulin offering pizza along with other Italian and Tyrolean dishes. It was well worth a visit. It’s also worth giving a shout out to La Cercia – a lovely little enotecta. We called in a few times to sample the local wines, which were really good value. Once again very friendly staff – a theme which seemed to run throughout this lovely little town.

There was a great art gallery in the centre of town, which had a stunning photography exhibition and if you are a fan of churches it’s definitely worth calling in to Chiesa Ortisei. Don’t be fooled by the fairly subtle exterior, the interior is absolutely jaw dropping.

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The perfect thing about being based in Ortisei was the mountain transportation. The town has three lifts to reach the mountains, all located centrally. There are two cable car / gondola systems travelling to Seceda and the Seiser Alm, and a funicular railway travelling to Resciesa.

Day Two – Seceda

Our first journey into the mountains took us to Seceda. Quite fitting really, given that the photo I had seen on Instagram was taken here. The location can be reached by the Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda cable car, which takes you on two cable car journeys to reach the summit station at 2,500m.

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The building at the top of the cliff is the Seceda mountain station. High.

The views that await you when you exit the station are breathtaking, or should be. Our view was one of grey cloud and very minimal visibility! So minimal in fact, that we couldn’t actually see anything beyond the station building and adjacent restaurant.

However, we had all day and we were not going anywhere until these clouds had cleared offering me the views I had travelled to Italy for. The good thing about being so high up in the mountains is that the weather moves quickly. Within minutes of our arrival onto the mountain, the fast moving clouds started clearing from below offering us a beautifully dramatic scene of the valley below and the mountain pastures covered in snow.

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The perfect opportunity to set off on a short hike. The mountain side is a huge collection of hiking trails, and although some sections are fairly steep, it is quite manageable. Probably more manageable without all of the snow on the ground, but even so nothing too taxing.

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We headed up towards a panorama point, but as the clouds raced in again, within minutes we were surrounded by grey gloom and a chilly brisk wind. Was I ever going to get that view that I so desperately wanted?

We stopped for lunch and a beer, and watched the clouds clearing once again so quickly set off up to the panorama point and along the ridge of the mountains.

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As the clouds lifted, the jagged peaks of the Torri di Fermeda slowly appeared. This is what I was waiting for. Spectacular and dramatic, there it was – the Lord of the Rings landscape I had wanted to see.Seceda (20)

Seceda (21)No sooner had the clouds lifted to offer me these views, another bank rolled into and plunged them into a murky grey fog. Time to head back and brave the scary descent on the cable car. Did I mention that I am not a huge fan of cable cars?

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View down from the Seceda mountain station

So, I got the views that I came for, but not quite the right conditions. A great excuse to head back one day, eh.

Day Three – Seiser Alm / Alpe de Suisi

What a difference a day makes. We opened the shutters in the room the following morning to a gorgeous blue sky. Quick, let’s grab some breakfast and try and head out as soon as possible.

On the south side of Ortisei lies the Ortisei-Seiser Alm gondola which transports you up to the Seiser Alm / Alpe de Suisi (depending on your German or Italian preference).

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Seiser Alm, at 56 square kilometres, is the largest high altitude alpine meadow in Europe. The journey up by gondola takes about 10 minutes to an altitude of 2,000m and offers yet another spectacular view when you alight.

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The pine forests and rolling green meadows in front of the backdrop of the jagged mountain ranges is simply beautiful. Heavy rain the night before had washed away any remnants of snow from the area, leaving a lovely summer scene stretched out as far as the eye could see. As with Seceda, the area is a maze of hiking trails and alpine huts, along with a few high end spa hotels (which are very complimentary to their surroundings).

Pretty much every trail you take, every angle that you look offers a photo opportunity. It’s difficult to stop taking photos. It’s also very peaceful. Despite there being access to the area by road for those of you who really are scared of cable cars, there was barely any noise apart from the relaxing clang of cow bells as the cows are free to roam these meadows.

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There are a few alpine huts scattered around on the Seiser Alm. You are probably never 20-30 minutes walk away from somewhere to rest your legs, to grab a lovely local dish and a cold continental beer. Our favourite was the Malga Sanon hut which had a lovely terrace over looking the landscape and also some very friendly staff.

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You could really spend all day wandering the rolling meadows of the Seiser Alm, which is pretty much what we did.

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I imagine it would be a magnificent spot for some night sky photography – perhaps we will stay overnight next time. Maybe in one of the Spa hotels.

Day Four – The Journey to Lake Misurina

Time to leave Ortisei and head off to our next destination, Lake Misurina, for the next three nights. This journey would take us along a small section of the Great Dolomites Road into Cortina d’Ampezzo but first we needed to do a detour. We needed to visit a church. A very small church. Due to a technical hitch with the car’s sat-nav sending us down a single track road that ended up being closed meaning turning around in someone’s garden, this church had a lot to live up to.

The Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui is located just outside the village of Santa Maddalena in the Val di Funes (valley). A Baroque church dating back to 1744, the tiny building sits in the middle of a meadow with a backdrop of pine forests and the Odle mountain range. Well, this is what we were lead to believe. There were definitely forests, but the striking mountain range was hidden behind the dense clouds (familiar story developing here isn’t there). Nevertheless it was a gorgeous church and definitely worth a visit.

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There are rumours on the internet that this is the most photographed church in the world. I am not sure that I believe this, given that we were the only people there and the local area seemed pretty much deserted!

Anyway, onwards from Santa Maddalena and the sat-nav decided to send us on a hair raising journey along mountain side single track roads for about an hour before we reached more acceptable roads and a far lower heart rate. We arrived onto the Great Dolomites Road at the Passo Falzarego – this being the highest point of the journey. A nice spot to stop for lunch, take in the views, admire the bravery of the people travelling on the cable car and take some photos.

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We headed down towards and through the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo before heading back into the mountains to finally reach our destination of Lake Misurina.

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Lake Misurina, the ‘Pearl of the Dolomites‘ sits 1,756m above sea level and sits on the edge of the Tre Cime di Lavadero National Park. With a 2.6km circumference which is a perfectly acceptable walk, and a micro-climate that apparently provides pure and health-giving air, it’s a great place to use as a base for a few days.

A few hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops are scattered along the lake for the tourists heading up to the national park, however it was fairly quiet when we visited. I can imagine bus loads of people and some chaos over the summer months.

We stayed for three nights at the Quinz – Locanda al Lago, a very small family run restaurant on the north shore of the lake with rooms on the first floor – all offering a balcony views across the glass like water along with the fabulous mountain backdrop. Rooms were functional and nicely decorated and the restaurant offered a great menu but they did get busy from the over spill from the large hotel next door.

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Misurina (17)The best thing about the hotel location were the ever changing views – the clouds heading up from the valley beyond the lake causing the mountains to disappear momentarily and the re-appear. The walk around the lake also gave some great views of the national park to the north.

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Day Five – Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also known in German as Drei Zinnen are three distinctive peaks within the national park, and probably one of the most photographed mountain groups in the Dolomites. The hiking trails that surround these peaks offer some of the greatest views that it should be high on the list of to-do’s if you are heading into the area.

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You could tell that it was going to be popular given the amount of vehicles in the car park at the start of the trail head – all having paid the €25 toll fee to use the road. The trail head begins at the Rifugio Auronzo, a mountain hut at 2,330m before heading along the south side of the Tre Cime on a pathway literally carved into the mountainside with a very long drop to one side!

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Rifugio Auronzo from the trail

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Spot the tiny people on the trail in the centre of the photo

Despite the terrifying drops the trail does offer some fantastic views along the way before reaching the next stopping points of the small Capella degli Alpini followed by the Rifugio Lavaredo, about 30 minutes into the hike.

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After a little break at the Rifugio Lavaredo, which sits directly under the three peaks (you guessed it, now covered in cloud) it was time to head up the Forcella Lavaredo at 2,545m directly east of the Tre Cime offering a 360° panoramic view of the surrounding landscape.

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Rifugio Lavaredo under three peaks

The clouds cleared in time for me to get the shots that I wanted to, and then it started snowing!

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Views from Forcella Lavaredo

Tre Cime (18)On the basis that I was less than halfway into the circular trail and the clouds were closing in from all directions, I made the decision to turn back and head to the car.

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The cloud was closing in and the snow getting heavier as I made my way back to the Rifugio Auronzo. Walking back along the mountain side trail in the thick cloud was a slightly eerie experience with very few people now passing me. By the time I made it back to the Rifugio the snow was falling heavily and it was time to take cover, have a well earned lunch before heading back down to Misurina once the weather had cleared.

There are rumours that the new Star Wars Han Solo movie had been filming on location here in May so I will be keeping my beady eyes on that to see if I spot some familiar landscapes.

Day Six – Lago di Braies

The final full day in the Dolomites. The final place to visit on the list.

Lago di Braies, or Pragser Wildsee is an alpine lake situated at 1,469m above sea level and 45 minutes drive from Lake Misurina. Located in a sheltered valley it is considered to be the most beautiful lake in South Tyrol. Upon arriving, I wasn’t able to argue with such a statement.

The first glimpse of the lake as you head from the car park and past the hotel that sits on the shores gives you an idea of what to expect. A clear reflection of the surrounding mountains in the emerald green waters. Yes, this lake was definitely beautiful.

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Aside from the hotel, a small restaurant, the boathouse and small church the remainder of the lake surroundings are untouched. There is a trail that runs the entire way around the lake – about 4km in length, with only a few changes in elevation so fairly easy for most people to manage.

We did one loop of the lake which took about an hour at a fairly slow pace (mostly due to the fact that there were quite a lot of people on the trail, and that every few steps offered a new photo opportunity). There are no words to describe the beauty, so I am going to let the photos do the talking here.

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Lago di Braies was the perfect end to our tour of the Dolomites. This area of Italy is a must to visit if you are a fan of mountain landscapes, alpine lakes and beautiful, dramatic scenery.

The people are friendly, everywhere is clean and tidy and we made a comment towards the end of our week that we had not seen a single chain restaurant or store in the whole time we were there, which is such a refreshing change (don’t visit if you want to visit  McDonalds). Everything was local and authentic. A breath of fresh air. Literally.

We awoke to snow on the day we were leaving Italy which was a lovely sight. Considering the weather forecasts that we had seen prior to leaving, we were quite lucky that the weather didn’t hamper our visit (apart from my slight disappointment that the conditions were not 100% how I had wanted them for some of my photos)!

We will be back. There is so much more to explore.







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  • Reply
    September 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Your photography skills are amazing! I feel like I really need to visit here now!

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    State Express
    September 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Stunning photos You Have great art of photograhy very natural photos, It seems you have given life to photos.. amazing collection keep sharing

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    September 27, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Very impressive pictures! I also traveled to the Dolomites this September and it was amazing. 🙂

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      Shoot from the Trip
      September 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Where did you visit Minamarini? It’s beautiful isn’t it.

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        September 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        Yes it is very beautiful! I visited Brixen and the mountains around it 🙂

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    Olympus Mountaineering
    September 28, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Wow! Impressive location, stunning photos! Dolomites is a great location to be, to hike, to climb and generally to explore the surrounding nature!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      September 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      Thank you. The location was impressive. I really loved the mountains.

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    September 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Love love love your photos! The Dolomites has now been added to my must-go destination list. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy anyways; I feel it has a bit of everything. Are there other months besides September that would be suitable for travelling to the Dolomites?

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      Shoot from the Trip
      September 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Beatrice. I guess it depends on the kind of weather you want. It was unseasonably cold this September. I guess late Spring May / June would be a great time to visit too, before it gets to crowded in the summer months.

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    September 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Thats just a fantastic photo gallery! It’s a wonderfull region and enjoyed for the fullest! Wish you nice upcoming travels!

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    September 30, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Well…I think you are a professional photographer..Ain’t I right….?

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 8:42 am

      I’m not quite there yet, but I will keep on trying to get better!

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    September 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    What fabulous photos!! Do you mind me asking what camera you use?

    The interior of that first church is truly stunning, and the outside of the little church looks so pretty. I went to the Dolomites several years ago but sadly it was only on one day out of a longer trip. I remember going to a lake where the minerals in the water made it different colours but I can’t remember the name of it. Your photos have now made me want to go back and explore the area for longer 🙂

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Eunice. I use a Canon 7D Mark II. it’s a fairly new camera and I’m still trying to get to grips with it!
      It’s definitely worth sending more time there – we only saw a fraction of it on our trip.

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    September 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous — what a beautiful adventure!

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    September 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    What a beautiful location, and captured and documented so well.

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    September 30, 2017 at 4:10 pm

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    Are We Adults Yet
    September 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Really beautiful photos!

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    September 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    The pictures look stunning!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 8:47 am

      It’s difficult to take a bad picture there, the area is so beautiful!

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    Patricia Minch, Writer, etc.
    September 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Spectacular photographs of spectacular scenery. I was hoping for a couple of shots of Cortina, where I learned to ski as a seven-year-old, but maybe someday I can return and see for myself. I hope there isn’t a McDonald’s!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Thank you. We literally drove through Cortina but didn’t stop (I didn’t see a McDonalds!). It looked like a lovely town.

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    September 30, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    The blog was really nice. The pics were mind blowing. Even I want to visit that place now. Please do me a favour and check my blog as well

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    September 30, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Enjoyed reading your post, felt that I’ve took a short while at Dolomites =)

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    September 30, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Beautiful pictures…

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    September 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Beautiful pictures….

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    September 30, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Beautiful photos

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    September 30, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Stunning photos!

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    September 30, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    love your photos

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    September 30, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks for the great photos!

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    October 1, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Wonderful Photography.It seems to be a nice and quiet place. isn’t it?

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 8:50 am

      I think it’s quiet depending on the time of year you visit. Seiser Alm was very quiet when we visited, but Tre Cime di Lavaredo was quite busy in comparison!

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    October 1, 2017 at 5:12 am

    VERY beauty trip !!!

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    October 1, 2017 at 5:45 am

    Wonderful place. …

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    October 1, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Absolutely beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing your journey, it really is inspiring! x

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    October 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

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    October 1, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Wow, simply amazing. The Dolomites weren’t on my radar before, but certainly are now

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    Shoot from the Trip
    October 1, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Thank you, that’s very kind!

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    Shoot from the Trip
    October 1, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Thank you!

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    October 1, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Your photographs are stunning and have made me want to add this location to my list!

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    October 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I also like the way you picked the place to go, I’m taking that as a tip!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 10:28 am

      A lot of times these places are much more accessible than you expect. It’s a good way to do it!!

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    Shoot from the Trip
    October 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thank you!

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    Carmel Tully Hennigan
    October 1, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Great article, great photos, !!!

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    October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I thought it was really odd that buildings in Hanoi could have such varied and pastel colors compared to China or America, and here I see some of the same colorful decisions being made in Italy.

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      They seem to take great care and attention to the detail of the buildings. It’s lovely.

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    October 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Hmm, rock after the mountains, or mountains after the rock? I suppose the first. Thank you for the article.

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    Emma Jane Healey
    October 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I love the Dolomites, such a beautiful place to explore! You’ve captured them so wonderfully, so much colour!!

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    October 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

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    October 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    the misty mountains! i love it

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    October 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    What a beautiful adventure<3

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    October 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    There’s one thing that we can truly regret in our lives. The missed chances or the lack of ability to visit all those wonderful places on Earth.
    Most of us are being born in a cell and die in the same cell.
    Terrible daily basics, everything is gray and pointless.
    I wish I had the chance to travel during at least the rest of my life. Unfortunately it is not possible, as it is not for many. I wish you could make a trip, for me. I promise that in our next lives I will turn back the favor.

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    October 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Great scenery. Wish I was there.

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    October 1, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Those little cottages, and the lake house, and the lake! 😀 They make me so happy!

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    October 2, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Really Amazing photography, Thanks.

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    October 2, 2017 at 3:09 am

    This is absolutely amazing. Your photos render me speechless. I’ll be hiking there in 2 weeks and if your pictures do it any justice, it should be amazing!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 2, 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thank you. I hope you have a great time – you wont be disappointed!

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    October 2, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I have found a new bucket list destination. Those mountains are so enticing to the eye. I thought the Dolomites were three region around Lake Como but this has so much more to offer. Incredible jagged rocks, precipice, trails with sheer cliff faces and hand painted churches. Thanks for introducing me to this area.

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 2, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Thank you. The Dolomites cover a huge area, so much to see. I hope to get to Lake Como at some point. It looks beautiful.

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    Mahi Fayed Haque
    October 2, 2017 at 3:40 am

    brilliant post! the pictures were amazing! i hope i can visit someday!

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    October 2, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Very stunning! I want to visit that place one day.

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    October 2, 2017 at 6:46 am

    These pictures are so.. So beautiful. ❤️ I couldn’t even decide my favorite one.

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    October 2, 2017 at 6:52 am

    good photos

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    October 2, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Stunned with your photos!!! Mind blowing. Are you a pro? Very well described.

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    October 2, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Beautiful photographs. My wife & I spent part of our honeymoon in September 2005 hiking around the Alpe de Suisi. What a treat to be reminded of those beautiful views and the tinkling cow bells.

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 3, 2017 at 6:51 am

      It was so peaceful and lovely – probably my favourite place of the trip. Not quite as dramatic as other spots, but very beautiful!

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    October 2, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    This post makes me soooo happy!

    My husband and I visited the Dolomites for a walking holiday for our honeymoon. We visited similar sights to you, but far earlier in the season (in June). I love seeing your photos of the same places with a little snow and autumnal colours. 🙂

    I’d share a link with some of my photos so you can see what it looks like in early summer, but I only just found your blog, so I don’t want to be too cheeky!

    Anyway, thanks for sharing the prettiness.

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 3, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Please feel free to share. It’s always great to see other people’s photos and experiences.

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        October 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

        Ooh thanks. 🙂

        This is the main post: https://www.awalkandalark.com/walking-holiday-dolomites/ I found that I had sooo many photos that I ended up writing more posts for each day. The most amazing views were from Schlern/Sciliar (day 4) and the last day was walking around Plattkofel, the super spiky mountain in your top photo. 😀

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          Shoot from the Trip
          October 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm

          Thanks, I’ve had a quick scan and think I need to spend some time reading these, and also a lot of other interesting looking posts on your blog! 🙂

          • josypheen
            October 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm

            Aww thank you!
            I think we might have similar interests! Travelling to pretty places and taking too many photos! 😀

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    October 3, 2017 at 6:17 am

    oh my God! i am in love with the pictures and so want to visit this place.

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    HD Wallpapers
    October 3, 2017 at 9:06 am

    nice traveling blog

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    October 3, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Wonderful shots! I felt a whimsical vibe just looking at them. This place for sure is now in my bucket list!

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    October 3, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Nice to see out of ski season.

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    October 4, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Very nice shots and a pretty detailed and helpful description.

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    Alex Wootton
    October 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    A really spectacular place, very well documented 🙂

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    October 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    This looks gorgeous!! The photography skills are amazing and the trip itself sounds Devine!!

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    October 4, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    The photos are stunning! It sounds like a wonderful place too, I love that there are no chains in the area! 🙂

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    Emmanuelle Rey
    October 5, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Great, great article, well done! And beautiful pictures. North Italy is beautiful anyway. I went a few years ago around Lago Maggiore and I wasn’t disappointed!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      I do love Italy, it was definitely nice to spend some time in the North

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    Rachel Lishman
    October 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Really glad I found your blog – you have a new follower! Beautiful wanderlust-inspiring images too 🙂

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    October 5, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I’m Italian, I went in that place too. They are awesome, completely relaxing. And, let me tell it, you have an impressive photograph skills!
    Hope I wrote in an good English. I have to praticize it 🙂
    Have a good night

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    October 6, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Lovely photography! I love how the cities are colorful and quirky, and located near such beautiful natural environment. Thanks for sharing – this one is going on my bucket list for sure!

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    Jacki L
    October 7, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Beautiful!! Your post makes me want to visit!

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    October 7, 2017 at 2:07 am

    The scenery looks amazing! I would love to go there some day!

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    October 7, 2017 at 8:04 am

    The pictures are absolutely breathtaking! Makes me want to go there right away! The pictures look postcard perfect! We will have to plan a trip there soon enough! 🙂

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    October 8, 2017 at 1:58 am

    I do the same, find a beautiful photo on Instragram and see how feasible it is to travel there haha. Really happy to hear that the weather was on your side! Your photos are so amazing. Lago di Braies and everywhere else looks so so beautiful, need to plan a trip there one day!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Thank you. Good see someone else has the same idea on travel planning!

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    Gelar Kautsar
    October 8, 2017 at 7:05 am

    thank you for inspiring me 😀

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    October 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Stunning photos of absolutely breathtaking scenery.

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    October 9, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Super pictures!!!

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    Jamie Larkin
    October 9, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Great read and fantastic photography. Your photos are the same inspiration to me as the one you seen on Instagram. Definitely added to the bucket list! Thanks

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    October 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Wow! I so want to visit this area, your photos really brought it to life. Lovely read

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    October 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Wonderfully expressed! That’s definitely on my bucket list

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    October 10, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Love it great article

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    October 11, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Amazing photos! Guess I have to add this to my list now! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    October 11, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Absolutely stunning.

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    October 11, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Oh wow there are so many places to be discovered in Italy! And your pictures are amazing, I love the colors which are so vivid!

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    October 15, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    What an adventure! Looking forward to more!

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    October 16, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Great photos of unspoiled, picturesque natural beauty.

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    Coffee Chic
    October 16, 2017 at 9:13 am

    The photos are totally stunning! Looks like you really had a wonderful time! 🙂

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    October 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    Amazing blog! Your photos are breathtaking! Happy to have stumbled upon your page 🙂

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    October 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Good Lord! Your photos are beyond beautiful, as is this place!!! My jaw dropped. I’m writing Lago di Braies down as a place to visit someday. No chain restaurants makes it even better. Sigh. Thank You for opening my world a bit more!!! Cheers! 🙂

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    October 18, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Your are incredible. What lens do you use to take photos that capture the whole view, for example, Largo di Braies, from the mountains, the pontoon & the steps leading into the lake?

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 18, 2017 at 6:35 am

      Thank you. I have a wide angle 10-18mm lens that I use for the wider landscapes. I mostly tend to use my 18-270mm as it gives me a good range without needing to swap out lenses constantly

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        October 18, 2017 at 7:03 am

        thank you so much Dylan

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    October 23, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Wow! These photographs are just amazing! I love the wood cabin images from day 3 but my favourite by far was the first boat image on day six, absolutely stunning!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you. I’m really happy with how they turned out, but it was difficult to take a bad photo!

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    October 23, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Absolutely Stunning! It’s crazy how much there is to explore in this world yet so many people will never see more than their “backyards.” Thank you for sharing, loved it!

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      Shoot from the Trip
      October 24, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Thank you. It’s really important to try and see some of the world if you can – there is so much out there.

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    October 26, 2017 at 10:17 am

    SENSATIONAL! Not a single effort of yours will go in vain. You will be rewarded for your pain. Your hard work will bring you a lot of gain. Very Meaningful Loved it

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    October 29, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Amazing photos. I visited there about 20 years ago in winter. It was magical!!

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    Shoot from the Trip
    November 4, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Thank you so much

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    Kamilla Haaland
    November 4, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Lovely post! Ill deffinitly go there some time!

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    Shagun Gupta
    November 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    The place seems to be so unique with such a pristine and untouched natural beauty! Your photographs are just amazing! I’d really want to visit

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    Shoot from the Trip
    November 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Anita

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    November 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Someday I will return with my current camera! Good work!

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    Carolinn's Lifestyle Blog
    November 21, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Your pictures from the lake is out of this world! Good job! Amazing! ⭐️

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    Travel Bucket List: 5 Countries I Want To Visit – THE HEARTBEAT
    December 7, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    […] I like mountains than the ocean. I like hiking than swimming. I like fresh mountain stream than salty sea. And I think this place just fit my taste, so I feel like I have to go there someday. Dolomites is a UNESCO world heritage mountain range in the northeastern part of Italy. I found a blog about this place and the photos of landscapes are really fantastic. (see https://shootfromthetrip.com/2017/09/26/six-days-in-the-dolomites/) […]

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    January 26, 2018 at 9:21 am

    This post brought back some lovely memories and I really enjoyed the photographs. Thanks for sharing. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about a hike in the Dolomites in case you have time to look? Wishing you a good afternoon, Sam 🙂

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    February 21, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Reblogged this on dolomitesgreatescapeblogdotcom.

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    February 22, 2018 at 7:47 am

    The Dolomites are my favorite! Go check out our comprehensive review of things to do in the Dolomites!

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    March 31, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    Dolomites a perfect hill station where the tourist can click stunning pictures. And they get a chance to see the amazing natural sceneries. It pays for your perfect time.

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    Mehak Pakhetra
    April 26, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Amazing blog

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    June 9, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    hello there! just wanted to announce how amazing your page is! And also to say if anyone has an interest in art, or poetry or even better- both, if you could please check out my blog: https://allagblog.wordpress.com/blog/

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    January 12, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Great photos!! They are so magical ! 🙂

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    February 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Instagram is certainly a great place to find fantastic travel inspiration! You’ve taken some brilliant there, and it’s good to hear that you made an effort with the local language(s). Certainly a trip for everyone to add to their bucket list!

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      Dylan Jones
      February 22, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      You have to at least try to learn the basics of language don’t you! I’d love to return one day.

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    March 24, 2019 at 10:34 pm

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    Vipin Sharma
    May 1, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Spending days with the girlfriend in a special place, especially in a romantic destination would fuel the romantic relationship. The boring days not only dull the spirit but also the relationship too

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    March 13, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Wow!!Great post. Thanks for sharing this informative article. Keep it up.

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