Not long after I arrived my landlord invited me to go with her and her children to their holiday house near the French border. Bardonecchia is a ski town but it's still beautiful in summer and it's nice to escape the heat of the city in August! You kiwis scoff but there's something to be said for having a summer house in cooler climes (or a winter house in the Caribbean!)
We packed into the car after much child wrangling and off we went. With a quick stop at some outlets and a surprisingly police-filled highway detour we made it.
|Entering mountain country|
We had an easy evening, I watched a Disney movie with one of the boys in Italian with English subtitles.
The next morning we went exploring again, and played around. One of Donatella's friends came for lunch. Very relaxed.
|This is a type of light doughnut with a chocolate center (traditionally jam though) called a 'krafen' - it's Italian so I had to try at least three!|
It began with fried crackers and a vinegar dip.
|The berries were very tart but the filling was sweet - a good mix if you ate them together.|
|Everything is overshadowed by the mountains. I loved it - Milan is very flat.|
|Fountains like this are common in Italy (so far as I can tell) and you can stop on the roadside for a drink from one.|
|I've heard a couple different names for this but I think it is a caffe crema fredda - one of my new favourite drinks! It's kind of cold coffee ice cream and very creamy, light and sweet.|
|The French Alps.|