After two years Gaby and I are back at Lou Pitavin, our favourite restaurant/hotel/inn. October 2013 we celebrated my 50. birthday here and 2014 we returned for a few days in June. Now we're here for a first time in summer. The ride is hard from Fürth, Germany to Marmora in Val Maira where Lou Pitavin is situated. Crossing Switzerland takes 5 instead of the normal 2 hours, and the Italian highway toll system drives us nuts: Every few kilometers you have to stop, stand in line, and finally pay. After 13 hours we arrive at Lou Pitavin. Marco, the landlord, gives us a very warm welcome, and in the moment we enter our room, the whole ride is already forgotten.
At Colle del Preit are quite some tourists. It's Sunday and many Italians from the Padan Plain are in the mountains for the weekend. We take a small hiking path, away from the road to the lunch station at Rifugio Gardetta, and after a few minutes we're all alone with mountains and nature.
Next morning, after a wonderful breakfast, we hike to Lago Resile, a little lake about 2-3 hours up in the mountains. We cross the path of a bunch of white cows called Razza Piemontese. Originally from this area it's a very popular race of cows today all over Italy that produces milk as well as meat.
It's afternoon when we return to Lou Pitavin, sun shines, it's warm and nice so we stay at the garden of the inn, enjoy "la dolce vita" and wait for the evening and for dinner.
Time for our last dinner...