An extra visit in Chianale

The same afternoon that we arrived on horseback in Pontechianale, we got a lift by car to Chianale. This is another small town a bit further up in the mountain. The speciality of this place is the little rocky bridge the combines the houses on each side of the river. It’s also a very tidy…

The sixth day: From Becetto to Pontechianale

We started out later than usual since the distance of the last day should be rather short and easy. I woke up early anyway thanks to the sound of the calfs.   It was a nice ride through cosy small towns. We even went through a market and the people stopped to watch us. It’s a…

The fifth day: From Balma Bove to Becetto

Thursday we went from Balma Boves to the top of a mountain called “Colle del prete” – 1540 meters high! I woke up to the view of Soraya in front of Monviso, which made me get back some energy. This was the most beautiful ride in the mountain so far. The road wasn’t too steep…

The fourth day: From San Secondo to Balma Boves

We left the camp site early in the morning to cross the valley of Pinerolo. We had to travel a fair bit in the traffic before we hit the old railway. Soraya was really keen to go this morning, maybe she was a but nervous after the hard ride the day before? To take it…

The third day: From Giaveno to San Secondo (Pinerolo)

This was probably the hardest day for all of us. Passing through Cumiano we chose the wrong track in the mountain… Around 4 o’clock in the morning I woke up to the sound of hoofs galloping. I went out of the tent, but it was still a bit dark and hard to see the horses….

The second day: From Druento to Giaveno

What a fantastic day!!! The dream holiday on horseback has started… nothing more to say about that! Just to sum up what I’ discovered together with Soraya today; after a 5 hour long ride we ended up swimming in the lake of Avigliana! It’s the first time I’ve taken a bath with my own horse….

First day: From Lanzo to Druento

The first day of our trip became a marvelous ride through woods and bushland, as well as long fields where the horses could run as fast as possible! I’m quite sure that the 3 hour ride to Druento was the most exciting ride of the week. Except the variety in the nature, we also met…

What to remember before a long ride…

I’ve been terribly busy lately while getting   everything ready for the long ride. There are so many small details to remember! Preparing yourself for a long ride isn’t only thinking about yourself, but also your horse and your travel mates. I’ve packed a special bag for Soraya with her beautybag, extra saddle blanket, jogging…

Back in the park of La Mandria

Today we decided to go biking in the park of La Mandria. The weather is finally becoming better after a lot of terrifying  thunder storms. You can’t go very fast while biking with a child. We stopped to have lunch after only 500 meters while watching the birds and the fish in the lake. Later…

The breadsticks (grissini) were invented in Lanzo

Just like the special sweet cookie called «Torcetti» also the «Grissini» were originally invented in the medieval town of Lanzo. Soon there will be the annual party of torcetti, grissini and «la toma di Lanzo». It is a famous cheese made of cow milk from the area. The history You’re probably curious about knowing the…