It’s amazing what a night’s rest is for the body. After a 10 hour hike yesterday we woke up a bit creaky but fully refreshed. A little stretch and Yoga and the knowledge that today was half the climb (1,500 feet) and half the downhill and distance was enough to head us down for breakfast.
Calmandoli is a tiny village catering to outdoorsman in Italy. Nestled between national parks, it is like an oasis for the city dwellers.
There is also a monastery in this quiet nature preserve.
We began our climb into the forest immediately. There were no breathtaking panoramic views, just the glory of nature and the sound of silence.
Occasional chirping of the birds would blend in beautifully with the silence of the forest
Not feeling rushed we even sar down among the trees to count our blessings.
The forest turned into a lush marsh-like jungle.
Eventually we began heading down and witnessed the view of the valley below.
Badia Prataglia is another mountain town welcoming nature enthusiasts.
Of course who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too!