Travel

Marmolada (03. – 08. siječnja 2011.)

Marmolada,  1. dan
Danas je bio prvi dan na skijama u ovoj godini, prvi puta nakon 365 dana. Išli smo iz našeg mjesta, Malga Ciapela, u kojem inače nema ništa osim nekoliko dućana, hotela i apartmana, na najviši vrh Marmoladu koji je visok 3265 m. Do vrha koji se zove Punta Rocca treba promijeniti 3 gondole. Temperatura na vrhu je bila -19 stupnjeva, ali vrijeme prekrasno, sunčano i vidljivost dokle god pogled seže. ..
Nakon kratkog razgibavanja krenuli smo crvenom stazom prema dolje(60, 61, 62) i došli do plave staze (52) i otuda četverosjedom  do Passo Padona 2370m gdje smo popili pivo i jeli grah salatu. Nakon toga spustili smo se do Arabbe u podnožje gondole za Porta Vescovo na 2478 m. Do gondole idu dva spusta i jedna sedežnica.  Gondolom se putuje desetak minuta  i stiže na Porta Vescovo gdje se nalazi lijepi i veliki panorama restoran  – tu smo pojeli fini i skupi ručak. Nakon toga smo se spustili crvenom stazom br. 6 do dvosedežnice i njome do sljedećeg brda. Od tamo  smo se spustili plavom stazom br. 8 do dvosedežnice za Passo Padon.
Sada je slijedilo dugo spuštanje crvenom i plavim stazama do podnožja tanjurića, što je već vrlo blizu našeg mjesta Malga Ciapela. Popeli smo se još jednom tanjurićima i spustili plavom stazom do caffe-a Der Sut gdje smo popili kavu. Nakon toga spust par minuta do podnožja gondole za Marmoladu i u apartman (Malga Ciapela).

Marmolada, 2. dan

Ujutro smo ponovno krenuli gondolom na najviši vrh 3265m (Punta Rocca). Temperatura je ovaj puta bila samo -12 stupnjeva Celzijusa. Vrijeme je bilo poluoblačno s naznakama sunca. S vrha smo se spustili crvenim stazama 60, 61, 62 pa prešli na 50 i sve tako do podnožja sedežnice naziva Capanna Bill. Njome smo se podigli na Passo Padon i nastavili na spust stazom br. 7  i ponovno sedežnicom pa spust devetkom do stanice jajeta za Porta Vescovo.  S tog vrha smo krenuli stazom broj 1 pa prešli na 46 i stigli u podnožje Pont de Vauz. Tamo smo sedežnicom do Passo Pordo i gdje smo u restoranu „Maria“ i ručali (tortelini s raguom, biftek na žaru s krumpirima i salata te  kao desert savijača od jabuka s vanilijom).  Nakon kraćeg razgovora s konobarom našeg podrijetla (iz Međugorja)  krenuli smo prema natrag. Prvo je bio dugački spust plavim stazama 42, 44, 45 i 4 do Arabbe, a nakon toga podizanje jajetom na pola puta do Porta Vescovo.  Nakon toga su uslijedile dvije sedežnice i jedan plavi spust (br. 8) do Passo Padon.  Otuda se pružao jako lijep, osunčani pogled na Marmoladu i staze koje vode s njezinog vrha.  Otuda smo se stazama 50, 51, 52 i 53 spustili do zgodnog caffe Der Sut na jako dobar kapučino i tiramisu (temperatura zraka -3,5).  Poslije spust do apartmana u Malga Ciapeli.

Marmolada, 3. dan

Osvanuo je krasan sunčan dan. Temperatura je u   Malga Ciapeli bila -15 kad smo sjeli u auto i krenuli prema Arabbi. Vozili smo se zavojitom cestom oko 45 minuta i stigli u Arabbu. Tamo je bila tolika gužva od skijaša i automobila da nismo mogli naći mjesto za parkiranje i krenuli smo dalje prema Corvari.  Nakon 15-tak minuta vožnje uočili smo parkiralište i sedežnicu te tamo stali (Pralongià, sedežnica br. 15). Krenuli smo sedežnicom gore i došli na Punta Trieste. Nakon toga smo se spustili u Corvaru i došli do žutog jajeta koja nas je podigla na Col Alto.  To je jedno od najstarijih turističkih planinskih destinacija u Dolomitima i tamo je sagrađena prva sedežnica 1947 godine.  Tu se nalazi i istoimeni restoran i bar koji je ujedno i vidikovac na sve strane. Otuda smo gledali uzlijetanje paraglajdera.  Kako je restoran bio pun, odnosno većina stolova rezervirana (?), prebacili smo se u bar i jeli odlične žgance s gljivama (specijalitet),  lazanje i savijaču od jabuka (s puno cimeta).

Otuda smo krenuli prema La Villi, mjestu iza Corvare, preko Las Vegasa (restorana na 2050m). U La Villu smo se spustili odličnom crvenom stazom br. 17 (ima i crna), jednom od najboljih toga dana.  Iz La Ville smo se podigli jajetom natrag na plato (Piz La Villa?) i krenuli prema Pralongii. Na tom smo putu svratili na cappuccino + apfelstrudel s vanilijom za 4,8 eura. Zadnji je spust bio plavom stazom 8A i 8 do auta. Tijekom vožnje do našeg sela, stali smo i snimali Dolomite (Marmoladu)  u zalasku Sunca. Tako je završio taj skijaški dan na stazama Alta Badie.

Marmolada, 4. dan

Skijanje smo započeli na „našem“  brdu – Marmoladi, a cilj nam je bio Belvedere i još koje brdo iza. Na vrhu Marmolade tj. na Punta Rocci temperatura je bila samo -8 stupnjeva, a vrijeme oblačno  s nešto vjetra. Iako magle niti oblaka nije bilo, vidljivost je bila dosta loša tako da se na stazi teško uočavalo hupsere i neravnine. Uobičajenom rutom krenuli smo prema Porta Vescovu, a s njega se spustili crvenom stazom br 1. iznad Arabbe. Tada smo se popeli sedežnicom do Passo Pordo i onda opet spust na drugu sedežnicu koja nas podiže na Belvedere. Tada je uslijedio odmor i ručak (minestrone juha, palenta s topljenim sirom i gljivama, kolač od šumskog voća).

Sada smo krenuli na drugu stranu i našli se na drugom skijalištu – Val di Fassa. Ta se regija još naziva i Skiarea Belvedere-Canazei.  Spuštali smo se dugom crvenom stazom br 17 do podnožja gondole Pian Frataces.  Gondolom krenuli na područje Skiarea Col Redella i otuda opet krenuli natrag prema našem selu.  To je područje kao i prethodno prepuno žičara i skijališta, a danas je bila i posebno velika gužva vjerojatno zbog praznika (Sveta Tri kralja). Na povratku smo vozili i mijenjali žičare bez prekida jedno za drugim tako da smo stigli za 1,5 sat u naš apartman.

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Sharm el-Sheikh for lovers of scuba diving and sandy beaches

About an hour away from Cairo by plane, almost at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, there is a famous tourist resort Sharm el-Sheikh which many call „the Egyptian Rimini“. The landscape is something special for Europeans – a place where the desert surrounded by mountains melts with the sea – as from some other planet. Sharm el-Sheikh became famous in 1967 during the war between Egypt and Israel known as „the six-day war“ when Israel, after the occupation, built a small settlement next to the old town of Sharm el-Sheikh. After the Camp David Accords, Sinai was returned to Egypt and instead of trenches, bunkers and barracks, there occurred a modern hotel resort. As time went by, the most luxurious hotels of international chains (Hyatt, Sheraton, Radisson, etc.) were built. The most hotels are not like in other cities – large skyscrapers with many floors – but a central building with many small villas to which the things are transported by buggies usually used by golfers for transporting their equipment around the course. Though in the desert, the hotel resorts are full of vegetation with own beaches and usually a beautiful view to the sea and high seas. Sharm el-Sheikh, which means „the sheik’s bay“ is the area encompassing a string of larger bays (Na’ama Bay, Shark’s Bay, Coral Bay, Garden’s Bay, Um el Seid…).
We could say that Na’ama Bay is the centre of the place, today known for many hotels, restaurants and shops, while at night it turns into a lively meeting point of all lovers of night-time entertainment. Here you can find everything, from the traditional bazaars to supermarkets, from smoking nargileh and drinking Arab (we would say Turkish) coffee to Italian ice-cream and big classic hamburgers in the Hard Rock Cafe. Na’ama Bay means „friendly“ in Hebrew! All signs in the town are in English and all people working in Sharm speak English, so you will not feel like in an Arab country.

Underwater world

The Red Sea is clean, clear and blue, almost as our Adriatic Sea. However, it has something that our sea does not have, and these are coral reefs and beautiful views to the high seas since the Sinai Peninsula is surrounded only by a few islets. Naturally, during our winter, Sharm is an ideal seaside resort with air temperatures up to 30°C. During the summer months, temperatures are much higher than in our country and they can rise up to the maximum of 45°C, the average temperature being about 38°C. The loveliest beaches, with all contents required for fun, are situated in the hotel resorts of Na’ama Bay, Coral Bay and Shark Bay. The wonderful underwater world of Sharm el-Sheikh is a special story. As one of the most famous scuba diving destinations, apart from the Australian Great Barrier Reef, the area along the Red Sea coast is known for having the most beautiful sea bed in the world. This is especially true for the coral reefs of Tiran and Ras Mohammed which are ones of the most greatly appreciated among divers. Ras Mohammed is the name of the southernmost point of the Sinai Peninsula which today belongs to a national park. This is where two underwater currents meet, one from the Suez and the other from the Aqaba Bay, and where the sea is extremely rich with fish because of the increased quantity of plankton, so here one can see the shoals of barracudas, sharks and morays.  In addition to the diversity of its underwater world, the Red Sea is also attractive to scuba divers because of several large ship wrecks. The most famous of the sunken ships are Thistlegrom, whose cargo from the World War Two has been excellently preserved, and Carnatic, a British steamship from the 19th century which allegedly transported a large quantity of gold bars. In addition to scuba diving, snorkelling – diving with a mask and flippers- is also very popular, since the mask and flippers are more than enough for exploring the flora and fauna or the Red Sea coral reefs a few meters under the sea surface. In the Na’ama Bay’s harbour there are tens of excursion ships offering tours of some of the nearby coral reefs with a mask and flippers, the ship crew being at the same the guides in the sea.
Finally, apart from sunbathing,  scuba diving or golf, one can have a camel ride, visit a bedouin village, ride a jeep or motorcycle in the desert, take a trip to the Sinai Mountains…

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