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An Autumn Afternoon in the Italian Alps

Last time we went on a  stop-any-ol-place-you-like drive through the Italian Alps. (Click here to see photos)

Today we’re heading up, up, up into the mountains to a stunning lookout atop a waterfall.

The drive alone is absolutely gorgeous, the road narrowing as it winds through pristine alpine villages and emerald green meadows.


The higher we get the rockier the terrain as the treeline thins and craggy cliffs emerge from behind fluffy white clouds.

The windows are wide open letting in warm, late afternoon sunshine and cool mountain breezes.

It feels exquisitely wonderful to be alive.



My stomach lurches only a little bit as my friend Margo expertly guides the car up the edge of the mountain. I try not to think about the sheer drop to our left and keep my gaze fixed on the soaring peaks aglow in sunshine. Knowing I’m only a little ways away from Switzerland makes me happy and distracts me from unpleasant fears of plummeting to my death.


At last we emerge on the mountain top, and any anxieties are quickly forgotten in the stunning vistas that await us.

We are speechless.

Without any explanation needed, we spend the next while alone with our thoughts, gazing across the mountains, down the plummeting stream, letting the winds cool our faces as we try to take it all in.

With hardly another soul around, it was the perfect place to be quiet, to rest, to be still. A wonderful spot to let all the stresses and anxieties of life melt away.

Next time I’ll show you more of this mountain top reverie.

Where is your favorite waterfall?

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Ayelet - All Colores - This landscape reminds me of the landscape I loved so much in Colorado, USA! Beautiful photos!

Jeanne Horak - Too beautitul!

Joanne - What gorgeous, majestic scenery! I’m enamored.

Krista - Oh, I couldn’t agree more, Valerie. 🙂 It is an exquisitely beautiful country and I too have my mouth hanging open in awe whenever I’m there. 🙂

A Canadian Foodie - There is nothing more beautiful than the Swiss country side. i say that when travelling through every country – but this is really story book perfect. When we were there, I had to push my jaw closed all of the time.

Krista - Thank you so much, T! One day soon Bear and I will meet up with you there and we will go gallivanting and beer drinking and wurst-eating to our hearts content. 🙂

Krista - Thank you so much, @Leftbanked:disqus 🙂

Krista - It was my first time through them too, Andrea, and I was absolutely smitten. 🙂 Sigh indeed. 🙂

Krista - Oh how lovely, Val. 🙂 I would really, really like to see them one day. 🙂

Ulysses S. Rant - So beautiful, K! The Alps are one my favorite places on Earth. Can’t get enough…

Andrea and John - Ahhhhh – I LOVE the Alps…never been through the Italian ones though…I need to spend more time in Italy in general!

Leftbanked - wow the scenery is amazing!! Really beautiful photos

bellini - Can I say that my favourite waterfall might be Niagara Falls because my favourite little town and wine producing area is only minutes away, and my family too! Thanks for taking us on a joinery to the top of the world Krista.

Krista - Isn’t it wondrous, Kate?! I sure wish we were too. 🙂 I LOVED hanging out with you guys. 🙂

Kate Turner - How beautiful! Wish we were all going there again this year.

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