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La settimana bianca è finita.

Yes, skiing week has ended, but that's not the only thing that went down the drain. A bit after a year our (rightist, full of bigots) government fell. If our politics finally manages to find some sense, we're not going to new early elections, but we might get a new (left-centre), maybe more normal governmental coalition. Well, it makes for some rather busy days for me. That, combined with brain functioning at some 75% (or less) power left my LiveJournal empty again. Oh, well...

So, back to this year's skiing. We didn't go to France as for the past few years. You can blame late decisions, lack of time, lack of money or some other mishaps. Ricky saved our arses this season. Iggy, Bert, Ricky and me escaped to his parents' house in Alpi Marittime, in Piemonte region of Italy. We were skiing in a smaller resort that spans in-between Prato Nevoso, Artesina and Frabosa Soprana. Fantastic snow and moody weather. Clouds, sun, fog, sun, snow, sun, clouds. We didn't stay the whole week; on the sixth day we decided to go to Genova (about a 90 minutes drive) and spend some days there. Snow followed us there as well and also Slovenia got a thick white layer so we stayed a day longer and then returned to Ljubljana... to a cold, dark, drizzly weather. Ok, Spring, now it's your turn.

I am giving you a few pictures here, the rest is flickr'd.

And now I have to see how many of 25 million posts I can browse through...

Boys looking down in the valley #2.
Boys above the valley.

Snowdrop up close.
Amazing nature. Snowflake zoomed in.

And then it got nicer again.
Good days.

Iggy, Berti, Ricky.
Yes, yes, yes!!!

That's not the sea, it's a sharp line of smog.
Sharp line of smog.

Yes, time to go, we decided.
Time to go.

Ricky in front of us in snow and fog...
Ricky in front of us; time T.

And Rick in front of us 90 minutes later.
Ricky in front of us; time T+90 minutes.

And nice winter drive almost all the way back to Ljubljana...
Almost all the way back to Ljubljana, where shitty weather insisted.

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furrbear
Mar. 6th, 2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
The Time T - Time T+90min pics remind me of life in So Cal. Big Bear to Orange Co was ~90 min to 2 hours.
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
Yup, it was funny. Also in Slovenia getting from the mountains to the sea can be done with ease, but not in 90 minutes. :)
tilia_tomentosa
Mar. 7th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Ah, snow! I got too little of it this winter. And now we are stuck in some strange space between winter and spring.

Do the news of the kinda-sorta street revolution in Bulgaria reach Slovenia? We are definitely in for a caretaker government and premature parliamentary elections, and that isn't going to help much because we definitely need new political parties that need time to emerge and establish themselves, while the more radical protesters want to ban political parties as a concept.

Good luck with your next government! *hugs*
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
We're full, full, full of snow this winter. There's too much of it, eventually.

And yes, I have seen and read and heard reports about protests in Bulgaria. I guess you're in-sync with the rest of Europe. :)
tilia_tomentosa
Mar. 8th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
LOL send me some of that snow.

Bulgaria simply reached the critical level of poverty, Tomaz. We aren't quite "Europe" after all.

I say good riddance to the government that resigned (and our freshly-former Prime Minister immediately started his election campaign), but I don't see who could successfully replace them.
leafshimmer
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
What a wonderful series. Among my favorites are the view across the mountains to another peak, three of you I guess on the chairlift for the nighttime skiing, and best of all, the Iggy portrait. I don't know him at all but looking at your photo, I feel as if I do. Magnifico.

It looks like a grand time! Too bad about the weather when you got to Geneva.
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
It was all amazing. And we all enjoyed Genova as well, so it was all good. With good people around you, it's always a bliss. :)
coffeeguy777
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Beautiful ! ... Sometimes we need R & R .. Was the first pic. The ski jump you went off :-)
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
It's not a ski jump, it's a ramp for parachuters and stuff. :)
putzmeisterbear
Mar. 7th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
Looks like a great time.
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
MUCH needed! :)
london1967
Mar. 7th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Lovely photos!

Yay, viva il Piemonte!
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
Yup, this time it was Piemonte. And we enjoyed it tremendously. :)
dan4behr
Mar. 7th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I love the close up of the snowflake - that's an incredible image. I almost thought it wasn't real at first glance. It's perfect!

Since Ricky was there, I assume some lovely meals were to be had....
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
When those tiny snowflakes started to fall, we were all like little kid, because they were so... unnaturally correct. :)

And we all cooked, not only Ricky. :) And also our meals were good. :)
bygbrat
Mar. 7th, 2013 03:22 pm (UTC)
wow, beautiful views handsome!!!!!
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
It was a little gift in cold, damp winter. :)
dendren
Mar. 7th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
brrrrrr!!! looks lovely though.

that snowflake closeup is awesome. Looks unreal!
paterson_si
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
Cold is lovely, too. :9

Yes, it looked totally WTF when I zoomed it in. :)
bluebubbleblue
Mar. 8th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
Very beautiful and magnificent scenery, my dear friend!! :)
Having good times with friends and families are the best moments in our lives!
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