Color Your World : Mountain Meadow

Mount Baldo in Lake Garda, and it's hang gliders

Monte Baldo in Lake Garda

This is my favourite mountain meadow, called Monte Baldo, overlooking the village/town of Malchesine  on Lake Garda.    The top of the mountain is 2218 m high, and can be reached on foot (quite a climb) or by the easier option of cable cars.   Because of the height, one cable car takes you half way up the mountain, then you can either climb the rest of the way or take the second cable car.     Once on the top the views are amazing, and there is so much going on there that you can enjoy a day in the mountain.

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Photo 101 : Day 18 – Edge

You have so many choices!

My photo today is an evening shot taken in the centre of Westport, County Mayo – it gives me the edge, with a lot of options for nice places to visit.

The next photo of one of the places mentioned on the sign post – Croagh Patrick – the mountain that overlooks Westport, and which you can see from most parts of the town – I think it also fits the challenge of having the edge!

Croagh Patrick - the hill of St. Patrick!

Croagh Patrick – the hill of St. Patrick!

 

To the Top of the World by Cable!

Well, it was not quite to the top of the world,but at 2200 metres, Monte Baldo on Lake Garda is pretty high.   It looms over the commune of Malcesine, not too far from Riva del Garda. The mountain top can be reached by not one, but two, very steep cable car rides.

According to Wiki –

Behind Malcesine rises the 2,218 m (7,277 ft) high Monte Baldo. A two-stage cable car ride—the second leg using one with rotating cabins—takes passengers to 1,750 m (5,741 ft)  above sea level.    From there the highest point can be accessed by walking a few kilometres to the south along the ridge.

On our trip in the cable car, which held about 40 or 50 people each trip, there were many young people carrying very large rucksacks.  It was only when we got off the second car and climbed the few hundred metres to the summit that we realised what these rucksacks contained.  Yes indeed, these were the brave people who were taking a short cut back down…by paragliding!    They were brave because if they ‘overshot’ the landing on the way down they would end up in the lake!

So many other things were going on at the top, and  along with a very small church and a few restaurants there were some llamas, sheep and goats, people lying in the sun, having picnics, watching the para gliders getting ready, strolling around, and generally enjoying the view from the top.    There was even some patches of snow to be seen around the shaded side of the mountain.

It was a fabulous way to spend a sunny day in Italy.

 

 

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