Where the Bridges are Stone

Today’s Big Plan was to get out of the apartment before nightfall and take a hike around Colletta. There are walking trails all through the hills, with helpful maps and directional signs, so it seemed like a doable activity for a hikeophobe like me.

Man, is it ever beautiful around here! I headed down the hill from the village proper and crossed over the river on a stone bridge:

Over the Stone Bridge

The trail looped around and back up the other side of the valley, across the river from the village. Once I got to the highest point of the trail, the views got really amazing:

View of Colletta

From there I continued up the valley, gradually heading back down towards the road, where I encountered another stone bridge:

Stone Bridge

…and some views of Colletta from the bottom up:

View of Colletta View of Colletta

The trail varied from well-groomed and almost flat to grass-covered and steep, and the degree of hill-climbing involved saw me just grazing up against my “fitness level” (such as it is). But it was good to get out and see some of the countryside and get a sense of the “neighbourhood.” If I can keep this up every day I will return home with much stronger knees if nothing else.


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Rob L. on November 28, 2006 - 17:02 Permalink

Is there anyone else there? So far, I have not detected any evidence of other humans being present. It’s like The Shining! Careful… all work and no fun makes Peter a dull boy.

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Steven Garrity on November 28, 2006 - 17:05 Permalink

You’re living in the Shire!

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Alan on November 28, 2006 - 18:37 Permalink

The Shire has other people.

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Peter Rukavina on November 28, 2006 - 18:40 Permalink

There are scant few people around, and that’s why you don’t see them in my photos. I *did* pass a man cutting the lawn on the terraces during my hike, and I said Buon Giorno to two groups of people on the road back to the village. I passed an interesting group of men running a portable sawmill, but I was afraid if I said hello to them they might accidentally cut someone’s arm off. The olive harvest starts Friday, and with it comes promises of “many people.”

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Marian on November 28, 2006 - 21:29 Permalink

It looks very nice.