WALKING IN THE WESTERN DOLOMITES

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Walking along the scary ridge (cannot remember its name, but we had walked up from Alba that day) Meadow flowers in abundance. Sharing lunch with choughs.

What did you think of your group leader?

Albert was superb. Encouraging without being condescending (I wish my legs were as long as his...) Knowledgable without being an anorak. A leader with a light touch (he allowed me to skip the rests and move ahead at my - very slow -  pace until the group caught up with me). Nothing but praise.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

If the flight times are the same next year (and I hope they are not, see below) use the last day to go to Bolzano instead of Venice. You can 'do' most of Bolzano easily in a day, and the museum for Otzi, the Ice Man, is worth seeing.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

As mentioned; the very late return to Gatwick added the expense of a hotel to the trip. It's no so bad going out late, but the late return with a long onward journey home was far from ideal.