The best (& worst) bars of Souze d’Oulx

When you first get to Souze d’Oulx you will see plenty of places to stop off, get a beer and grab something to eat. So here is my list of the best bars, for any time of the day.

1. Caffe della Seggiovia 

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Hotel Review – Gran Trün

This is a fantastic little hotel based in the old town area of Souze d’Oulx, just a short walk from the ski lifts. From the outside it advertises itself as a wine bar, but venture through the modern glass doors, up the stairs and you will find a selection of nicely decorated, simple, clean and comfy rooms.

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Pizza Heaven – La Griglia

I am great fan of all Italian food, I eat pasta on at least three occasions every week and it still does not bore me. Take me to a traditional Italian trattoria with red chequered tablecloths, candle wax running down old wine bottles and delicious plates of food and I will definitely be happy.

However, in my eyes, the king of Italian food is the pizza. I can think of nothing that i would prefer to eat than a proper Italian pizza, and in Souze d’Oulx we most definitely found that.

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Sauze d’Oulx – Day 1 on the mountain

After a two hour drive from Milan Malpensa airport we arrived in Souze d’Oulx, after a brief and clueless drive around we found our quaint little hotel down one of the side streets in the old part of the town. Situated opposite a very modern looking design shop was our hotel, The Gran Trun. At first glance it advertised itself as more of a wine bar than a hotel, however we went in, bags in tow and were met by a lovely woman from Liverpool. We collected our keys and went to our rooms, tired from all the travelling we had done.

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A look inside my ski bag…

This is a look inside the bag which I used as my hand luggage when travelling to Italy, as mentioned in the previous post. Now, I am a massive fan of technology and whenever I travel abroad I think its the perfect time to test out some new things in a different environment.

The Bag – Paul Smith Union Jack style holdall

I went through loads of bags before I finally got this one, even for a while using a big blue bag from Ikea. This bag is perfect for hand luggage as it fits all the tough requirements cheap airlines put on baggage these days. It has plenty of room inside and a few padded pockets for some of the more delicate things. As you would expect with Paul Smith the bag is made fantastically and feels like it could last a lifetime, each part feels sturdy and full of quality.

iPhone 4

The perfect travel device and while it is always in my pocket rather than my bag i felt it had to be included. Not really much can be said about the phone which hasn’t already but it is a quality device and still feels like a top of the range product nearly 2 years after release.

Macbook Air 13inch

Last year I got the new Macbook Air to replace my 7 year old Macbook Pro and I have to say it was a great choice. The Air is perfect for travelling as its so thin and weighing just over 1 kilo, yet it is very powerful and all the tasks that I use it for such as photo and video editing it breezes through. The screen is fantastic for watching films and the battery life will easily outlast a European flight.

iPad 1st generation 

If I’m honest the iPad has not been used as much recently as the Macbook is just as portable, but it is still a great device. I never upgraded to the iPad 2, but the first generation is perfect for me and the majority of apps still work with it.

Notepads

Not at all technical but something that is always needed. I cannot really take notes on anything else apart from paper, it is just so much quicker to write than type so having a notepad around is essential.

Canon Ixus 130

I took all the photos you will see in the upcoming posts and on the Flickr feed with this camera and I think the quality of the camera was excellent. It was fast to turn on, essential to capture that perfect ski photo and the zoom did not deter the quality of the photos. It is also a perfect size to slide into a small coat pocket. A great little camera.

Jawbone Jambox

This small block box may look like a lego brick but it is actually a really high quality sounding wireless speaker. Instead of plugging the speaker into your phone or computer you just connect them together by Bluetooth. I was very surprised by the sound quality and the battery lasts a good 9 hours so you won’t run out of juice in a hurry.

National Geographic Traveller Magazine

As with taking notes, I am not a fan of reading on the iPad. I just think the screen doesn’t really work for looking at text for long periods. So I always take a real magazine with me for a plane journey. This travel magazine was a cheap subscription through Groupon and has great photography and well written pieces. A great magazine if your a travel fan.

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

I’m not really a big novel reader but I have to read this tale of growing up for my course, so put it in my bag for the trip. Definitely better than I expected.

Other bits – chargers, adaptors etc.

I also seem to forget when I go away to take a European plug adaptor with me and that is a real pain. My bag also seems to fill with countless tangled chargers, hopefully one day one charger will be sufficient to charge everything.