Well, after three very relaxing days here on the shores of Lake Maggiore, it's time to start our journey home. Very reluctant to leave (in fact we were debating whether or not to extend our stay for another two weeks). From here we are heading back to Geneva where it all began. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us as we head back over the alps. Saw a news report about conditions in the Austrian Alps. The day after we crossed over from Friedrichshafen, there were severe snow falls, avalanches, roads were closed, and numerous cars became stranded in the snow. How lucky were we????
Fortunately, the day was perfect. Blue skies and bright sunshine. Looking south and west gave all the indications that the weather was going to be kind to us.
Wasn't long before we were leaving our home of the last three days, the Europalace Hotel. If you're ever in this part of the world, we would highly recommend it as a place to stay, especially if you're looking for that "Italian experience". And if you do stay here, then you have to dine at the Bolongaro Ristorante, quite simply some of the finest Italian food you will have.
The first half of the trip was quite boring. Broad flat valleys were the order of the day - oh, and a 30 euro toll, just what we needed. Then we turned towards the Alps, and there were the mountains in all their glory. Towering snow capped peaks set against brilliant blue skies. After each tunnel we went through, a new vista opened up before us. Nearing the top of the pass we entered the Mont Blanc tunnel to take us into France - not before forking out 39 euro for the privilege.
So, on to Geneva for our final night.