Bormio and Piatta

Recently, Lyn and I spent a week in the Italian Alps, centered on the lovely tourist town of Bormio. We had rented a beautiful apartment in the village of Piatta, high on the mountain overlooking the town and had the most incredible views looking back down on the valley below.

Many photos are panoramas, indicated by the “double click me” symbol. Double click (or just click, depending on your browser) to open a larger version of the image. Then click that larger image to get the full sized panorama.

The entire trip yielded a number of wonderful photos which I will be releasing over the next little while; this is the first of what will probably be a total of seven posts. To save you time and effort, the ‘Like’ button will only be turned on here, in this first post.

As always, special thanks to my wonderful Lyn, who does all the heavy lifting by selecting the photos. And thank you sincerely for dropping by the Book of Bokeh. I would also like to invite you to visit my Book of Pain  poetry blog.

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This photo is taken from the roadside on the drive up to our apartment. I confess that the narrow, hair-pin road that snaked up the mountain gave me pause at first (thank heavens we had rented a small car!) but by the second day I would like to think I was driving it Mario Andretti-like. “When in Rome…” they say!

The next two photos were taken from our balcony. What a view it was!

These next few shots were taken in the village of Piatta.

These shots were taken in the older part of Bormio.

Some of these streets are infamously narrow and finding a legal parking spot can be a bit of a challenge.

Images from two beautiful old churches quite close to each other. One is in current use, the other being excavated and studied.

The open attic of a downtown hotel being put to good use!

An image at the head of the next valley southward from Bormio, looking down into the town of Tirano.

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21 thoughts on “Bormio and Piatta

  1. John, this (first in a series) post blows me away. I cannot imagine how incredibly wonderful this time was in the Italian Alps. Hey, I follow a blog, and I don’t get there often enough, called Laplander’s Nature Lore Blog. The blogger lives in the Swedish Lapland. I know you probably don’t have time to go there … but if you do, I think you will find it worthwhile. The posts are fairly short … the pictures of the Swedish Lapland outdoors are … intriguing. Peace to you and your bride.

    • Bill, thank heavens you said something and let me know that I am not the only doors/gates and windows guy in this world! When I walk around (especially) older areas, I love taking pictures of where the light gets in. I have so many that I usually only post a few. Here’s one, again from Italy, where I spliced together three photos from the same home:

      A house in Piatta

  2. What a great post, John! I love Italy and you had captured so much of its essence, from the panoramic views, the villages, and the mountains to the wooden doors, windows, etc. Truly enjoyed going back to Italy 🙂

    • Tiny, you are so after my own heart! I too love Italy, from the everyday life of the villages to the hectic bustle of the cities. The country is such a mixture of history, art and culture that I love just soaking it up. The best thing I ever heard about Italy? Any barbarian can make coffee. It takes a civilization to make espresso! 🙂

      At the end, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to drag Lyn away from there, and did so only with the promise that we will go back again! 🙂

        • OK, you can stop bragging now, I am in a fetal position and you have reduced me to tears. We are facing another 10″-14″ inches in the next few days. 🙂

          • If it makes you feel any better, since my last response we have been dodging lightning bolts. We do get storms unlike anything I have seen in New England. I had an App to track the hits, but it didn’t work on any hits less than a mile. I don’t much care if the hits are a mile away, other side of the road might be nice though. 😀. From the land of steady habits to ‘the bayou’. “It’s been a long strange trip”.

            • Every silver lining has got a touch of gray. 🙂 I lived in Kansas for several years and can attest to the power and might of lightning. It can be very, very scary!

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