|with views like this, i can see why it's his favorite place in the world|
Right now, I'm just feeling so happy. I'm going through all of my pictures from my weekend with Edo up in the mountains of Courmayeur. It was a great escape after breathing the Vespa-gasoline filled air of Rome for the past three weeks! Literally half of the pictures I took this weekend could totally be on bottled water (i.e snow capped mountains and rays of sunshine... hello Deer Park). So let me tell you all about the best weekend ever (in my classic, somewhat-cheesy, "sights and bites" format...)
- When we arrived in Courmayeur, we did a small hike up into the mountains and had a picnic with some of his family friends. Who knew simple prosciutto and fontina sandwiches could taste so good? It must be something about that mountain air...
- The wildflowers up there are surreal, almost fluorescent colors -- like nothing I've ever seen before. Again, it must be something about that mountain air.
- Fresh water runs down the mountains in little streams as glaciers melt. As you can imagine, this water is freeeeezing cold. I was a brave soul and walked through a few streams barefoot (one that went way up past my knees!). #yolo
- As a surprise for his 18th birthday, we got to stay up at Rifugio Bonatti for a night (named after the famous Italian mountain climber, Walter Bonatti).
- The Rifugio was beautiful. It was very remote and cozy. We had warm quilts on our beds and they gave us these adorable little felt slippers to wear around. When I opened the window in our room, I could see Mont Blanc, and the air smelled like chestnut cake and adventure.
|i called these our "little elf slippers"|
- After dinner, we lay down on a picnic table outside the Rifugio and looked at the stars. There's nothing more romantic than a clear night sky. The sky was so clear that I probably saw thousands of stars I'd never seen before. It's kind of mesmerizing getting lost in the night sky -- just staring up there, talking about things, and wishing on stars. Collectively, we saw eight shooting stars (before then, I had only seen one in my life).
|just casually being a north face model at the Rifugio|
- In fact, the sky was so mesmerizing that we (and a few other stragglers who stayed out late), got locked out of the Rifugio that night! We had to knock on some random guest's window and ask him to open the door for us. In the very very slim chance that he might read Cannella Vita -- sorry, and thanks for letting us all inside before we froze.
- In the morning, we woke up bright and early to watch the sunrise. And we saw this rainbow >>
- After breakfast, we set off on a nice, downhill hike to the Rifugio that his parents were staying at. The view was spectacular in the early morning. We wandered for about an hour, saw wild horses and cows, talked about nothing, and played funny games like "would you rather."
|a decent view at breakfast ;)|
- That afternoon, he took me to Le Terme. Edo told me that this place was perfect for me -- and he was completely right. Basically, it's a huge spa full of natural water from the mountains (if you've been reading Cannella Vita for awhile you know I have a huge thing for baths). There are a bunch of different rooms and pools -- one where you can listen to music underwater! There's also a room with all of these little egg-shaped chairs hanging from the ceiling and a bed that literally feels like your lying on a cloud. There were water beds, turkish baths, and a huge buffet that I'll tell y'all about in the next section. Baths, beds, and spa food... why can't I just live here?
- Is it weird for a food blogger to write about water? I don't think so. The water in Courmayeur was the best water I've ever tasted. Think water doesn't taste like anything? Think again. This stuff is like ice cold, clear, sparkling liquid diamonds... it's that good.
- They served us a four-course dinner at the Rifugo -- a bright salad with apples and cheese, a delicious warming bean soup with croutons and fontina (perfect in the chilly mountain air), a meat dish with vegetables, and chestnut cake for dessert (I could smell them baking it when we got there).
- Breakfast was definitely a highlight (then again, when is it not a highlight...). Muesli, fresh yogurt, biscuits, and a fresh assortment of homemade jams made from the berries that grow around the Rifugio. It doesn't get much better than that (and you know how excited I get about breakfast).
- At La Terme, there was a sunny buffet room with tall ceilings and baskets full of spa food -- i.e. fresh yogurt, juices, granola, fruit. I told you this place was perfect for me!
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