Wednesday, 26 February 2014

One day like this a year will see me right

We had woken up to a typically glorious Abruzzen winter's day, with not a cloud in the cornflower blue sky and the sun beaming.  On a day like this, there is no better place to be than high up in the mountains.

We drove as far as we could, along the Passo Lanciano and parked the car.  I love the song One Day Like This by Elbow.  When you've read the whole post, I think you'll see why I always think of this song when I visit Passo Lanciano.  


Passo Lanciano Ski Resort, Abruzzo, Italy


Catching a lift! Passo Lanciano Ski Resort, Abruzzo, Italy

It was wonderful to see everybody enjoying the snow.  Skiers, snowboarders, snow-shoers, children on toboggans....and people just taking it all in with a hot drink at the Mamma Rosa Hotel.  The Mamma Rosa is a popular place at this time of year and also in the height of summer.  It was also quite a landmark in the 2009 Giro d'Italia on the Abruzzen stage as this was the finish line (see old post 'A ghost town, another heatwave and Lance Armstrong').    


Hotel Mamma Rosa, Passo Lanciano, Abruzzo

We had a hot chocolate in the Mamma Rosa, which had whipped cream on top.  Just the job to warm up.  Another tip, a grappa or sambuca in espresso is always a good drink too!  We sat and chatted to the Italians at the next table, one of whom was a ski 
instructor.  He said they start teaching children from 3 years old.


Making friends in the Mamma Rosa Hotel

We left the Mamma Rosa and walked as far as we could go, without any snow shoes on.  The air is so pure and clear and the views are outstanding.  We were all thoroughly happy and enjoying being out in the sun in such an amazing setting.  As a family, these are the kind of days we enjoy the most.





Views from the Passo Lanciano, Abruzzo, Italy

We want our boys to learn to ski, as it is an opportunity we did not have growing up.  They were certainly both interested in watching everybody.  We are thinking about lessons for our eldest son in the Summer on the dry slopes.  Again, this shows what an amazing place Abruzzo would be to live in.  The outdoor lifestyle is fantastic here.  If it wasn't for the 
issue of work and Italy's current economic climate, we would be moving there permanently like a shot.  We all miss it so much when we are back in the uk.


What a view! Passo Lanciano Ski Resort, Abruzzo, Italy

Like everything else in Abruzzo, the Ski Resort at Passo Lanciano, is relatively undiscovered by anyone outside of this region.  It is so cheap to ski here.  A day pass is between €20-30.







I have added some links below for anybody interested in visiting the ski resort.  For any snow lover, it is a beautiful and totally unspoilt place to visit, but then I am biased!

http://www.skiresort.info/ski-resort/passo-lanciano/
http://www.mammarosa.it/
http://www.grandhotelpanorama.it/
http://www.snowshoemag.com/2012/01/14/the-majella-in-winter/


Throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year will see me right.... (Elbow)

51 comments:

Erica said...

It looks incredible - I can see why you would miss it!
Learning to ski from 3 years old sounds like quite an undertaking - I learned while teaching ballet that getting little girls just to run one behind the other in a circle is enough of a challenge (for me, the teacher!), I can't imagine adding skis or snow to the mix! :)

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Erica. Absolutely! I think the instructors probably have to be extremely patient and good with children. : )

Maria Norcia Santillanes said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are living a full life. ~M

Robert Wareham said...

Wow, this looks perfect. One of those beautiful clear days where the sun is shining, but there's still that refreshing, cold chill in the air. Though I'm not much of a skier - by which I mean I'm completely hopeless! - I'd happily spend the day on the slopes if it involved weather like this.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Robert. It is a wonderful place to spend time, whether you can ski or not!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Maria. We are very fortunate.

emi said...

beautiful post-- the words and the photos! Xo

the well-traveled wife ♥

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Aww, thank you Emi! : ) xx

Glenda Fromfashionphases said...

Wow that looks like an amazing place to visit! The pictures are absolutely gorgeous ��
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Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thanks Glenda. I like your blog by the way!

Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe said...

What a beautiful day spent!!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Tina. Yes, it was a lovely way to spend a day.

Kym said...

Look at the color of that sky! It's breathtaking! In fact, every single photo is gorgeous - it reminds me of Switzerland :) What are these dry slopes you speak of? They sound less painful than snow skiing. Please tell me more!
xo
Kym
bitty.and.bunny

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Kym. There are dry slopes near us in the uk for training/practice/learning to ski. Some of my skier friends think learning on snow is best though! xx

Glenda Fromfashionphases said...

Thanks Lulu❤️ love yours too!!!(:

Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} said...

I don't even know where to start. #1, I can't believe you mentioned Elbow! They are one of my all time favorite bands and I can't believe you are a fan as well! No one ever knows who they are!
#2, snow. And skiing. Heaven for me. Never thought to put grappa in any drink. I'm not a huge fan.
Lovely photos as usual friend :)
xoxo

Poppy said...

Louisa, I am always so thrilled to tag along on your daily excursions in Abruzzo and today's trip to the mountains was totally exhilarating! Thanks for sharing!

Poppy

Darcy said...

These pictures are so pretty!! I hope they take up skiing. It is so fun!
www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Tiffany. Hi-5 for Elbow love! : ) Will loves grappa, but I think it tastes like paint stripper by itself. In a coffee (just a splash) it's nice. Thanks for stopping by. xx

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Poppy! Have a great weekend. x

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thanks for reading Darcy. Like anything it is fitting stuff in with swimming and homework. Hopefully we'll get them skiing!

BavarianSojourn said...

It looks gorgeous and you have perfect snow too! We haven't had much at all this year, I think you must have it all! :D Yes, get your boys on skis as soon as possible, then they won't have to endure the humiliation that is learning to ski at the age of 24! :D

Lulu Abruzzo said...

I still can't ski and at the wrong side of 30, I'm not sure if I will or not. That said, when you see little old Italian men and women in their 70's skiing, you feel rather silly! Far better to learn when young and you have no fear, or tense muscles. : D

mail4rosey said...

That is one gorgeous sky!! I like when the sun comes out, I miss it when it's gone!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Wonderful colour isn't it Rosey!

ifs ands Butts said...

I never dream of associating skiing with Italy, but I know there's a ton of it and it's so dang gorgeous there!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

It is pretty gorgeous Alex! : D

Alyson said...

These shots get me SO ready for our ski trip in CO that we leave for TONIGHT!! I am even more excited (didn't think that was possible) now!

Cheers,
Alyson

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thanks for stopping by Alyson. Hope you have an amazing skiing trip! : D

domenicacooks said...

What a wonderful trip Louisa. I love that photo of the many layers of snow piled up ~ like a giant slice of layer cake. I'm not heading back to Abruzzo until June, when I hope to lead a small culinary tour. I'm beyond excited and can't wait to go back! I hope our paths will cross there one day. Un abbraccio, Domenica

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Ciao Domenica. Love your comparison to cake - foodie related! : ) I am over at the end of April, then again in August because we want to attend the festa's this year. Would be great if all us Abruzzo lovers were over at the same time. A culinary tour would be amazing fun! Yes, hope we get to meet one day. x

Bex said...

Such beautiful photos as always! Need to go on a trip now!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Bex. Thank you! Hope you're having a good day. x

Corinne said...

Skiing is awesome! I went skiing in Italy (Limone Piemonte) when I was in high school!I am dying to go back but my housemates aren't really interested! I might recruit an old school friend and go next year.

Corinne x
www.skinnedcartree.com

Lulu Abruzzo said...

You should go with a friend to Abruzzo skiing. Ryanair flights to Pescara, bus from the airport to the ski resort. Ski pass for €20! : ) x

Julia Toussaint said...

the snow looks beautiful there!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

There was so much of it too!

Jelli B. said...

I really miss Abruzzo. Lived there for a few months and am eager to get back. Granted, we were there in the springtime, and I'm not sure how I'd fare for snows like this, but I'm sure willing to give it a try if it's God's plan to send my family back. Thanks for sharing!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

I'd love to hear about that Jelli. Get in touch if you fancy writing a guest post!

Olivia T said...

This place looks beautiful!

I want wait to go skiing when I go home to Norway for Easter! x

Lucy said...

What beautiful country. You described it so well with your words and with your pictures. I felt as if I was there! Thank you!
Stopping by from SitsShareFest!

Andrea said...

What a beautiful place to explore!

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Olivia. I hope you share some of your pics when you go to Norway - your pics are always great! x

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Lucy! Always nice to hear from somebody new.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hello Andrea. Thanks for reading. Abruzzo is beautiful.

Karen said...

Lordy! Yet another place to add to my wanderlust wishlist :) I'm glad I found you on the blog hop, am now tagging along and can't wait to read more. Hope you'll stop by to say hi sometime. :) wanderlust-wishlist.blogspot.com

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Hi Karen. Thank you so much! I'll go and read your blog now. : )

Deb Attinella {CookingOnTheFrontBurner} said...

The photos from this trip are exquisite - sounds like a wonderful trip...

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Thank you Deb! It was a wonderful trip.

Marta Martocchia said...

Hi Louisa, beautiful pics!
I came to Mammarosa some week ago to snowboarding; I'm from Abruzzo, in particular of Pescara :)
Your blog is a nice discovery and the fact that you speak of our beautiful land, fills me with pride.

J'aime les feuilles rouges

kisses, Marta

Lulu Abruzzo said...

Ciao Marta! I love Pescara! Thank you for your lovely comments. Abruzzo is beautiful. I hope more people realise this from my blog. x