Phoetry: La Settimana Bianca

This is the second in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger Orna O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original poetry with my original photos and, sometimes, vice versa. Regardless of who writes or who shoots, the end result of these creative efforts is what we’ve dubbed PHOETRY.

Next up, a settimana bianca (white week) in the Dolomites of northern Italy.



Words by Orna O’Reilly – Photos by Tom Weber

Ski Trek 2015: Traversing the Dolomites with Knife, Fork, Spoon and Shot Glass | © Off to the Dolomites covered in snow
Where the ski-slopes are calling, we eagerly go.
One of us skis and the other does not,
So our week and our stories will differ a lot.

The first morning dawns and the skier prepares
To head to the slopes in several layers
Of warm thermal leggings and a matching vest
To put the cold weather and snow to the test.

Feather jacket, big boots, a hat and warm gloves
Our skier’s away to the slopes that he loves.
He’ll don his helmet and bright blue ski boots
Before heading downhill on manicured routes.

Ski Trek Villabassa 2014: Veni, Vidi, Edi, Bibi | ©Tom Palladio Images

Non skier has breakfast at leisurely pace
Admiring the scenery through curtains of lace.
As she eats her fruit salad and sips herbal tea
She plans her excursions – there’s so much to see.

Ski Trek Villabassa 2014: Veni, Vidi, Edi | ©Tom Palladio Images

New friends, some non-skiers, an interesting bunch
Of ladies who love the occasional lunch.
While he skis the slopes which make his cheeks glow
She heads to Dobbiaco and San Candido.

Some days we would head to rifugi so high
To meet all the skiers as they careened by.
We’d share our adventures and sit in a group
For lunch of canederli or goulash soup.

We’d meet up at Rudi’s for pickles and speck
Atop Croda Rosa we’d lounge on the deck
To soak up the sunshine, our faces aglow,
As we sat among Dolomite peaks in the snow.

Sella Ronda and Kronplatz were favourites skied
And Monte Elmo was just great, they agreed.
While the skiers come swooshing down Val Badia
The ladies are lunching above Cortina.

Ski Trek 2015 | ©

To Sesto for action-packed drama we went
For a day at the races – a yearly event.
The evenings were spent with a spoon and a fork
Not to mention our wine glasses – plus lively talk.

So our ski trek is over, a week of good cheer.
We say our goodbyes until early next year.
It’s to Val Pusteria we happily make
As “White Week” is Italy’s annual break.

©Orna O’Reilly | ©The Palladian Traveler


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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