Climbing Mountains, Discovering Rivers and Eating Gelati

After the excitement of Christmas and our first visitors, normal transmission has resumed in Monforte. Master T, Jo and I are all back at ‘school’ and we have settled into the usual rhythm of daily life. Amongst other great things, this includes the resumption of our weekly ‘Adventure Day’.

Monviso from Monforte

As you can see from many of our photos, the vistas from Monforte and its environs are dominated by the Alps, and in particular Monviso (or Monte Viso).

As a result, Monviso features regularly in our discussions of possible new adventures, and we have been asked repeatedly if we can climb “all the way to the top”.

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Highlights of a Week Touring the Langhe

And finally to complete the set, a pictorial blog of some of the other adventures of our week with Mum, my brother and my sister-in-law. Here are some of the other highlights from the week.

Photo credits are shared amongst all of us, however the spectacular panoramas are the work of J.

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The Perfect Birthday

Birthday Cake!!

Amongst all of the Christmas festivities, family dinners, touring of the Langhe and New Year revelry, I celebrated a birthday.

The perfect weather continued with sunshine and blue skies and I had the rare chance to celebrate getting another year older in a pretty spectacular part of the world.

In addition to being able to spend the day with my beautiful wife and two boys, I had the privilege of being able to share it with my Mum, brother and sister-in-law.

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Un Buon Natale

Christmas Lights, Alba

Buon Anno a tutti!

It is a little belated but here in Monforte, we have been blessed with visitors – our very first since we arrived! As a consequence, all else has been put on hold as we luxuriated in the joy of having Mum and one of my brothers, J, and his wife, S, join us for the Christmas/New Years period. Continue reading

Things the Italians do well…

Today, dear reader, we are incensed.

It is generally a well-accepted fact that the Italians do certain things well; think pork-based products, wine, cheese, sports cars, design, defensive football, outrageous fashion (and some things less well; think stable economy, efficient government, reliable cars).

Our ‘Home’ Playground, Monforte d’Alba

It might just be a function of travelling with two little boys, but we have noticed that there is a gross and objectionableerror in the literature relating to travel in Italy.

Namely, the common assertion that ‘Italians don’t do playgrounds’. As Counting to Dieci continues the tradition of providing a continuous stream of consciousness (dressed up as a travel blog), we seek to rectify this material omission. Continue reading