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Let’s go on the Wasserfallweg!

If you’re in Valle Isarco for the scenery but on a tight schedule, the waterfall trail in Barbiano will give you a bit of everything in a little more than half an hour. We ambled at an easy pace through chestnut groves, farmsteads, and pine forests before reaching the falls, and were treated to utterly stupendous views of the valley and mountain range along the way.

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The trail starts right outside Haus Urban (where we were staying).  How cool is that to have a street address named Wasserfallweg or Via delle Cascate!

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The trail is well marked and goes through beautiful alpine country.

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Chestnut trees…

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…but please do not collect the chestnuts, danke! The trees are on private property. At this point you can go left for the lower part of the waterfall (inferiore – 20 minutes) or upper part (superiore – 50 minutes). The upper trail has a steeper climb.

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Verboten!

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Claimed by a mass of climbing rosebushes, we thought this old farmhouse was vacant until we turned the corner…

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…to be greeted by this cute little fella and his siblings. They were curious in our presence but a sign in bold print said: Füttern verboten! Sorry, no snack bars for you buddy!

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Next to the goat pen was a fruit stand selling a punnet of apples for 1€ – honor system style.

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Again, no gathering chestnuts! From here the trail leads into pine forest, and in a little while you reach the falls.

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It’s possible to do a loop trail via the upper part of the waterfall but that’s for another visit and I know we’ll be back.  Altitude at starting point: 836 meters (2743 feet), and ending point: 1047 meters (3435 feet).

Greenway del Lago: a full day on the lake

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View above Lenno on the Greenway del Lago.

On the western shore of Lake Como, the Greenway del Lago is a 10.5 kilometer walking path that stretches between Colonno and Cadenabbia di Griante. Marked by painted signposts and metal plates with the Greenway logo, the path gives visitors a multitude of viewpoints from which to admire the surroundings as it follows through the lake’s upper villages as well as along the water’s edge. We opted to walk just a third of the route, beginning from the town square in Lenno and ending at Gelateria Helvetia along the lake in Tremezzo. Timed right, ambitious walkers can turn this into a full day’s outing by first visiting Villa Balbianello in Lenno before embarking on the Greenway, and then continuing onward to Villa Carlotta (take into account that you’ll want, at the very minimum, 90 minutes to tour the villa and stroll the gardens) before taking the ferry back to Lenno or any other port stop. Our half-day excursion in late April included a small detour for lunch at Pizzeria Balognett, a family-run business that is operated right out of the owner’s home.

Greenway del Lago signposts and metal road plates as we started off from Lenno.

From Lenno, there are only a couple of uphill climbs before it all flattens out. Getting to Pizzeria Balognett (see the K marker on google map) was a little tricky as it required a small detour, turning left on via Febo Sala (I) instead of right which leads to the main highway; road signs weren’t always so obvious. It’s all downhill after the pizzeria.

Bar Gelateria Helvetia

Checking the reviews on Tripadvisor, Bar Gelateria Helvetia seems to be thee place to stop for gelato and other good eats. I don’t remember the name of that gelato creation but the frozen dessert on the right was named cassata.

A=Lenno, K=Pizzeria Balognett, O=Gelateria Helvetia, P=ferry stop close to Villa Carlotta.

Hiking Kauai: the Secret Tunnel Trail

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This hike is THE ONE. The one that is enough reason to return to Kauai again. The one that with a sudden act of Mother Nature, told me in so many words “Better luck next time sistah!” Our group painstakingly trudged, crouched, scrambled and fell through mosquito-infested flora, dense bamboo groves, and low-lying branches. We crossed streams and a small river where the rocks were extremely slippery, but that was nothing compared to the viscous mud during the wet season. No legible signmarkers pointed in any direction – you just go on what information that’s given in the guidebook and hope for the best. This hike is not listed under ‘adventures’ just for the heck of it.

We almost made it to the tunnel but sudden rain was the decisive factor for our retreat. Fickle weather is not uncommon in the islands and it is always, and I mean ALWAYS, better to be safe than sorry. A flash flood watch was put into effect later in the day, probably around the time we retraced our steps back. A shame that we couldn’t complete the trek. All photos in this entry were taken by me, and if you look closely, you might see something of curious interest. We were near an area where a famous movie was filmed and I couldn’t resist!

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1. Notice from hunters.
2. Getting to the trailhead is half the fun. After the pavement ends, it’s a bumpy ride.
3. Walking through a bamboo grove in the muck.

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