Time flies for sure, and it’s already three weeks since I visited Merano.
For the record I went there for sport reasons: I enrolled myself in the 20th edition of the Lake of Resia run (15km!) so please, everybody stop believing the fake news that I’m lazy, ok?
But back to the couple of days-stay in Merano, honestly I didn’t know what to expect. I envisioned a small, old, lovely town. Quiet and fresh.
I was unsure if I would have found a population of white socks+sandals or of chic gentlemen and gentlewomen sporting the superbly curated and beautiful minimalistic clothes and accessories sold at the Monocle shop (confession: the latter being the reason why I wanted to visit in Merano, being myself a Monocle fan, in love with its lifestyle approach).
What I found was a beautiful city, full of elegant spa resorts, surrounded by mountains, with a grand promenade along the Passer river and vineyards surrounding the city as well as apple fields. A true beauty!
We arrived in the evening and decided to grab some simple street food and to enjoy Merano at night. I, of course, took the camera with me but shot nothing because I was tired and quite lazy to take photos… and naturally regretted it as soon as I went back to the hotel few hours later. Typical me. But – complaints apart – I was happy to savor the night breeze, to look at people, buildings and stuffs with easy and relaxed eyes and without having to frame everything.
On day two the weather was perfect to enjoy a long walk throughout the city and the so-called Sissi’s Path, a beautiful scenic route that crosses the areas of Merano loved by the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, famously known as Sissi. Then we were super hungry and stopped by a bakery shop to eat something fast and ended up here at Schmidt, a lovely, small place under the arches of Merano city centre. Useless to say I craved one of each kind of breads and cakes. Unluckily I couldn’t indulge, because few hours later I had to run 15km around the Resia Lake so I had to pay attention to what I was eating…