02.02.2016 - 04.02.2016 -2 °C
It’s been snowing – everyone is very excited as it’s the first fresh snow since around the 12th January! The countryside has changed and the last two days have been what the locals call “blue and white” days! Equates to our bluebird days in NZ.
An NZ expat local Patsy has been a godsend to me, delivering wool and knitting needles (scarf underway), a DVD player and DVD’s – then spending some time each day just chatting with me in-between her busy work day.
So the tour has been exploring around Arabba – both the slopes and the various restaurants on piste. The lunches have sounded amazing and so reasonably priced compared to the slopes in NZ. Pasta, pizza, full menu service, great house wines, gluehwein! And that follows on from the breakfasts here at the hotel (cereal, yoghurt, fruit, cold meats, cheese, bread, eggs any way, coffee/tea/juice, pastries and strudel).
Last night the tour packed into two vans and headed down the road about 5 mins to a restaurant in a 1890’s fort. It was built by Prince Wilhelm around 1897 during the Italy-Austrian war. Bombed during WW1, but rebuild by the locals and now a restaurant. Wonderfully entertaining waiter who coped beautifully with the Kiwi-Aussie humour. A bit like the Faulty Towers character Emmanuel!
More sunshine today – think everyone will be tired tonight. The tour guides are putting on a dinner in the hotel for us. Apparently Alex is a chef when he’s not skiing! Did wonder how they cope when there’s no snow. More on this one later.