The family arrived in Italy on April 6th and spent some days in Torino before going for a 1-hour drive to Bardonecchia – one of Italy’s original alpine skiing resorts. Bardonecchia is located in the upper part of Val di Susa in the Alps, with the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The resort is situated on the French border, due west of Torino (Turin).

Bardonecchia is a mid-sized resort with around 100km (62 miles) of runs served by two dozen lifts and established in the early part of the 20th century. The first Italian skiing championships were held here in 1909 and, nearly a century later, the town was a venue during the 2006 Winter Olympics based in Turin.

Once within Bardonecchia itself, located close to the French border at one end of the Fréjus rail tunnel, visitors discover a pleasant, small town with a semi-pedestrianised centre and a history that long pre-dates winter sports. Historic buildings with 15th- and 16th-century frescos painted on the walls are prime evidence of this. Due to its long-term, year-round resort status, there are above average recreational facilities besides the extensive winter sports offering, which is divided between two main bus-linked areas.

Lia celebrated her 6th birthday in Italy and one of her wish was to actually get to see snow and make a snowman, because you know, “Frozen“.

So on this weekend, we decided to head out of the city and stay a few days out in Bardonecchia. It is already spring and there is only the last snow of the season, but still, we managed to make Lia’s wishes come true.

But first, we went to see the cousins of Tutu, the sheep.

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

There was almost no more snow but it was still freezing!

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

We spent a number of days in Torino shopping for Lia’s winter clothes as I could not find any in Manila. And of course, Lia loves her winter outfit.

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

The next day was a clear sunny day despite the 8 degrees Celsius temperature. I took the time to take photos of the village from the balcony and around the house before heading out for some breakfast of coffee and croissants at the local bar.

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

And this is us, right at the street corner:

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

And Lia chilling in the living room:

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

I took some photos around the house, at the mezzanine:

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

And of course, let us play the “Spot Lia” game:

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

Yes, she is in this picture too.

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

And a photo of one of the bedrooms.

Home in Bardonecchia, Italy

This is F’s childhood bedroom, which he shared with his brother and filled with mementos from those years.

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