25th December 2009

“In the mountains, there you feel free”. And you do unless it is raining. We are spending a family Christmas in the Dolomites and everything is perfect, hotel, food, snow. The only problem is that the temperature has gone up and the rain has come down. My daughter Johanna who is made of stronger stuff than her brothers refuses to give up and she forces me to go out skiing on Christmas morning. Virtue is rewarded for no sooner have we reached the slopes than the rain lifts. Johanna skies with me on easier slopes for a bit and then sets off higher up the mountain. I coast to the bottom and trudge back to the hotel – I pass a bar that is open and order a drink of delicious Alto Adige white wine. A perfect Christmas morning.

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