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The Italian Dolomites are unique corner of the Alps with distinctive, fascinating geology. The geological origin dates back some 230 million years when the rock was deposited in the form of marine sediments and coral in a low open sea (that’s why you can find fossilised shells and marine remains along the paths of these mountains). This material formed the base of the mountains.

Much later, around 65 million years ago, the rocks were lifted high up by various tectonic events, and the Alps came into existence.

We started our trip in Tiers, where you have a great view towards the Rosengarten, one of the best known landmarks in the Dolomites.

We moved on to the quiet and peaceful Val di Funes in the north western part of the Dolomites where we stayed at the lovely Raschötzhof.The owner was an endless source of information about the area and provided us with maps and lots good advice.
Thanks for that.

Our next stop was Pozza di Fassa in the long stretched Fassa valley where we stayed at the beautiful Valacia hotel.
This place is a good base to visit four major mountain passes of the Dolomites,
Grödner Joch , Sella Joch , Pordoi Pass and Rolle Pass.
Especially Rolle Pass was very nice and we spent a good amount of time there waiting for the best light.

They have a nice trekking path at Passo Rolle leading up to Mount Cavallazza called "Trekking Cristo pensante" wich means "Trek of the thinking Christ".
There is a statue of Christ on top of that mountain showing him deep in thoughts while overlooking the world below. Maybe he wonders about what we have done to this world using his name...
Our first attempt to climb Mount Cavallazza ended in thick fog and we had to go down again. Next day we tried again and this time we were rewarded with a great sunset above the clouds.

Our last location was Cortina d`Ampezzo , right in the heart of the Dolomites. Some of the best scenery of the Dolomites, like Tre Cime de Lavaredo, Lago Antorno or Passo di Giau can be found around Cortina d`Ampezzo.We had a great week in Cortina, not only because of the scenery but also because of our fantastic accomodation, the Rosapetra Spa Resort, a place we immediately fell in love with.
AwakeningTre Cime de LavaredoAwakening  by Karin HeilPasso PordoiPasso di GiauPasso Giau  by Karin HeilMarmolada SunrisePasso di GiauSella Joch SunriseDolomites DawnLago AntornoWild SunriseThe world belowCortina d `Ampezzo SunriseGood Night DolomitesDolomite PeaksHeavenRosengarten ReflectionGampenalmGeisler Alm Sunset

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