A day in the Italian mountains

“The hills are alive with the sound of music!”…

Dansk:
Vi bor hos Paolos kusine Chiara disse sidste dage af vores italienske ferie. I går havde vi aftalt at tage til nogle outlets tæt på, hvor hun bor. Men da vi gik til den lokale bar for at spise morgenmad, som enhver italiener med respekt for sig selv ville gøre (brioche og cappuccino … Så godt!), foreslog Chiaras mand Alessandro, at vi skulle tage op i bjergene første og spise frokost og derefter tage til outlets’ne og shoppe. En time senere var på vej op i bjergene. Vi kørte til et område som hedder Mottarone, hvor vi havde en skøn frokost med egnsretter; lækre salumi, polenta og porcini. Og vi gik nogle gode ture.
Det var én af de ting jeg virkelig satte pris på da jeg boede i Milano. Folk her er rigtig gode til at tage væk fra byen i weekenden. Op i bjergene eller ned til søerne.
Der var så smukt deroppe. Det er sådan en fantastisk oplevelse for mig at være i bjergene, og se sådanne landskaber, når Danmark nu engang er så fladt som det er. Fraya var super glad og sad og grinede i sin bæresele det meste af turen. Og jeg selv følte sådan en trang til at bryde ud i mit bedste “The hills are alive..”, men gjorde det ikke, for der var for mange turister omkring :0) … Apropo turister, der var nogen stykker som solbadede på en skråning, og pludselig måtte de ‘løbe for livet’, fordi en flok får blev ledt hen til lige præcis hvor de lå af hyrdehundene. Det så så sjovt ud!
Da vi endelig var klar til at tage hjem fra Mottarone, var det alt for sent til at tage i outlets. Jeg tror det hele var en nøje udtænkt plan fra Alessandros side, så Chiara og jeg ikke kunne bruge for mange penge på shopping ;0)

English:
We’re staying with Paolos cousin Chiara these last days of our Italian holiday. Yesterday we had agreed to go to some outlets close to where she lives. But as we went to the local bar to have breakfast, like any proper Italian would do (brioche and cappuccino… So good!). Chiaras husband Alessandro suggested that we should go to the mountains first to have lunch, and then go to the outlets. And one hour later we set off for the mountains. We went to an area called Mottarone. We had a beautiful lunch with local food; amazing salumi, polenta and porcini, and we had a couple of good walks.
I really liked that when I lived in Milano. I think people here are really good at taking the time to do outings either to one of the lakes or up in the mountains in the weekend.
It was so beautiful up there. We don’t have mountains in Denmark, so it’s such an experience for me to see landscape like this. Fraya was super happy, and was just sitting and laughing in her baby carrier most of the time. And I, If it wasn’t for all the other tourists there, would have broken out singing my best ‘The hills are alive…”. Btw…it was so funny! there were some tourist sunbathing in the grass, and suddenly they had to ‘run for their lives’ cause a flock of sheep were lead exactly to where they were lying by the sheepdogs!
When we finally were done in Mottarone it was very late afternoon, and with the drive ahead of us, there was no way we could make it to the outlets. I think it was all planned from the beginning by Alessandro in order to prevent Chiara and I from spending too much money ;0)

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