One of the nicest things about living abroad for a year is having the time and opportunity to really explore our surroundings. Although where we live isn’t exactly a tourist hotspot, we have an ever increasing list of “must see” places that we like to take visitors to. Just recently, a drive into the mountains to visit a little town called Tarvisio led to a rather wonderful discovery.
I love driving into the mountains. I have mentioned before that much of Friuli Venezia Giulia is incredibly flat until you reach the mountains which seem to erupt quite suddenly onto the landscape. I love to see the soft greenery of the wine region gradually become more and more dramatic.
Many of these pictures were taken from a moving car so they are not the best quality. I still thought they were worth sharing though.
We stopped for lunch in Tarvisio which, as you can see from the above sign is very close to Austria and Slovenia.
We continued our journey in the direction of the Slovenian border. At some point we picked up signs for a place called Laghi di Fusine and, as we had a little time to kill, we decided to investigate. This turned out to be a very sound decision.
We parked the car and started to walk. As we progressed the scenery became more and more dramatic.
It was such a shame that it had started to get cloudy when we arrived so these pictures don’t really do it justice. Seeing it actually made me feel a little emotional! I think the only other place that has ever had such an effect on us was Lake Atitlan in Guatemala – I guess our forever home will have to be by a lake!
I think this is my favourite picture of the day. My husband captured it on his phone. He has a knack of capturing a good shot!
What I loved about this day was, for me, it sums up the best of the landscape here: lush greenery and dramatic mountain views. I can’t wait to visit again!