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GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, ITALY

There's snow on them thar hills

sunny 26 °C

We packed up the car this morning and wondered how the day was going to pan out. It was dull and overcast and the steering wheel was still on the wrong side of the car. Anyway, programmed the good old in-car sat nav and got ready to leave Frieburg. Oh oh, the sat nav is only for Germany... Luckily we had our own, so up it went and we were off. The country side was amazing as we left Freiburg. Trees and trees and trees, if you could see them through the trucks! Fortunately, by the time we stopped to get our car pass to go over the mountains I'd worked the driving thing out and Jennie started to relax. It must be amazing to see it in the snow season, there were lodges and ski cable cars everywhere. What a drive, it was well worth coming into Italy via Germany just to make the trip through and over the alps. The scenery was stunning, as we approached Switzerland the mountains started to grow and there was snow on the higher ones. Going through the tunnels was a buzz, but on the open stretches, it was a bit embarrassing to be flying along at a 130 being passed by Smartcars. We went off the highway and down into this little village on the edge of an alpine lake, very pretty. With a bit more time it would have been good to explore a bit. But our accommodation in Milan seemed to be a bit serious about knowing exactly when we would arrive. Ha, eta of 3.30 got completely messed up... Due to roadworks (again) getting out of the village and back on the main road took exactly an hour - the ramp we needed was closed for repairs.. Had to go back around the lake to get to the starting point. All part of the fun. Oh yes, and there were roadworks all the way from the border to Milan. 1 lane turned into two with gallons of orange lines. Still made it to our hotel and almost got a warm welcome from the man behind the desk. Driving into Milan City was actually pretty easy, so although I don't want to jinx it, I think it'll be fine from here on in. Parked up the car on arrival and won't use it until we head of for Venice on Wednesday.

Posted by barrylogan 09:19 Archived in Italy

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