Very easy pass from Tarcento in Italy led me to Kobarid in Slovenia, a town famous in WW1 as Italian supply town. The front line astonishingly followed the peaks of a ridge of mountains that form part of the Alps. Krn (2250m) was the scene of many grizzly battles that ran for years in the winter and summer. Casualties numbered in the 100’s of thousands. Its interesting to note how the museums in Italy focus on the logistics, bravery, courage and harsh conditions endured where as the museums in Slovenia portrayed it as an invasion by Italians and Germans who came as liberators, only to find a population who had a different culture and language and didn’t really want them there.
I now realise what I’ve missed so much in northern Italy, its meadows. My route can be described as Alpine meadow where farmers hang the freshly cut grass on wooden racks to dry in the sun. I love the name of the tiny two stroke tractors that are used for general farm duties, ‘Hamster’.
Then to Tolmin where I met a mechanical engineer who had moved back to his home area after a much wanted job offer. I was given the low down on places to visit and more importantly, food to try.