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19/08/2015

Postcards #9: Aosta Valley, Italy



In Italy, we first enjoyed some beautiful views of the Aosta Valley, "Valley of Augustus", a mountainous region in the north-west.


















There would have been so much to see! We didn't have time to take long walks, but we just had to climb to see the Castle of Graines, in the municipality of  Brusson.










The oldest part of the castle, believed to have been built in the 11th century, is the chapel. The ceiling has crumbled down a long time ago, but some parts (like the semicircular apse, below) are still visible:














The weather was rather cloudy - fortunately! The temperature on the mountains was about 30 degrees Celsius and when we descended into the Po Valley, the temperature rose to 37 °C (98.6 °F). During our stay in Italy, the daily maximum temperatures were around 35 - 37 °C. After the cool Finnish summer it felt lovely, but I must admit that the air conditioners made the trip much more comfortable. :)





22 comments:

  1. Oh, Sara, what the mountains! Finally I can warm yourself in Italy :0))
    The weather here and in Finland is very cool and nights are just cold. So enjoy wonderful views and weather!

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    1. Thank you, Nadezda! Yes, the warm weather was lovely.
      Just think that in some parts of Finland there have already been frosty nights...
      Stay well!

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  2. Wow, lovely scenery and gorgeous views! I like the castle ruins and the lovely flowers! Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you very much, Eileen!
      This is in fact one of my favourite series of photos from our trip.
      Stay well!

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  3. I like the hazy vistas and thinking of long ago when the castle was constructed with all those stones. For the technology they had, a pretty good job with what is still standing.

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    1. Thank you very much, Judith!
      It's fascinating to think of those old times.
      Coming soon over to enjoy "Tea on Thursday"! :)

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  4. E bella la montagna, bellissima, con aria pura, immagino !

    Ci sono bei castelli in Italia. Tuona en ole koskaan käynyt, mutta olen nähnyt joitakin linnoja ja linnoituksia Italiassa. Jännittäviä.

    Come to think of it, we also have castles in Finland, but I don't think I've visited even one. Shame on me :D

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    1. Grazie mille, Rita!
      Io ho sempre amato sia le montagne che i castelli. Da bambina ammiravo le nuvole all’orizzonte dietro il lago e sognavo fossero montagne. Adesso sono molto contenta di aver potuto vivere in un paesino circondato da colline coltivate a vigneto e molti castelli.
      Stammi bene… e visita qualche castello finlandese! ;D

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  5. Really enjoyed this post. My parents were both born in Northern Italy, they came over to America as young children. Your photos are great. Have a blessed day.. Madeline

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Madeline!
      It was very interesting to hear about your parents coming from Northern Italy.
      I hope you will enjoy the following posts!

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  6. Upeat jylhät maisemat! Olen ollut pari kertaa Sardiniassa, mutta muuten Italia on vielä kokematta. Juuri tuollainen roadtrip Euroopan halki olisi kyllä mahtava joskus vielä toteuttaa!

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    1. Kiitos, Muusa!
      Matka oli tosiaan mielenkiintoinen. Ihanteellista olisi hieman väljempi aikataulu. Me ajoimme Suomesta Italiaan neljässä päivässä ja yritimme nähdä mahdollisimman paljon matkan varrella.
      Italia olisi kaunis matkakohde syksylläkin! :)

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  7. Stunning!!!! Absolutely beautiful! I though that Switzerland was the best, but this might have won! xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy!
      Of course Italy is the best! :)
      Stay well! xx

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  8. So many beautiful places in Italy. The warmth of Italy is good for muscles and bones when you come from Finland.

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    1. Thank you, Janneke!
      The warmth was indeed lovely. It's so nice when you don't need to wonder how the weather will be the following day and what you should wear: it's always sunny and warm! :)

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  9. Ohhhh, Italy!!! My dreamland!! When God decided to create paradise, he created Italy

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  10. What a beautiful place! Gorgeous photos.

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    1. Thank you very much, Kate!
      Have a lovely Sunday!

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  11. Upeat näkymät ja hienot linnan rauniot.

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    1. Kiitos paljon, Gunilla!
      Ihanaa sunnuntaita!

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