Places to Go

Switzerland to Italy (beautiful, terrifying, inspiring, exhausting…)

A very big day on the driving front… we left north-east Switzerland in the early morning and headed south to Lichtenstein…

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…and then back into Switzerland!  (Only in Europe…)

This was the moment when I began to register the end of our holiday – as we were driving south along the eastern border of Switzerland my eye caught the tiniest flashes of yellow leaves amongst the green leafy foliage; the trees knew it even if we weren’t ready to accept it – the seasons were about to change…

We continued on our way south, heading to the Italian border.

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We stopped by the Marmorera Sea…

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…and then through some VERY crazy hairpin turns and blind corners in tiny villages…  until we reached two kilometers above sea level (through the wild untamed mountains, where nothing dares to grow) at the Julierpass.  We stopped at the top of the pass to use the facilities and discovered it was only 7degrees with only cold running water – yikes! There was nothing but rock and scrub in every direction – almost no trees, but an occasional house here and there stuck out on the mountain face.  (Who could live up here in this wilderness?!  What kind of life would it be?!  I was fascinated by the wondering…)

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We passed through Silvaplana…

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…and then zigzagged back and forth again until we arrived at the glamorous and sporty Saint Moritz…

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…then up again with glimpses of glaciers and waterfalls…

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past Pontresina and Poschiavo…

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…and into Tirano for a well deserved snack break.

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(Don’t ask Mr.Martini about Tirano.  He still hasn’t recovered.  The pita place, however, was amazing.) From Tirano we followed the NavFree map east and upwards through a tiny little one lane town (terrifyingly narrow!) into another maze of crazy switchback rural roads.  Memorable moments: the cranky potato seller on a hairpin turn (who buys potatoes from a roadside stand when just stopping a car risks life and limb?!) and then the campanile at the end of a mountainside curve with a tree growing right through the cupola… (note the hard left curve in the photo – they were all like that …)

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until (after extreme driving and the craziest tunnel relay of our trip) we finally came out at Lago Iseo…

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…just in time to see the storm shift and return to the sun streaked sky… a short drive to Lago di Garda and our last chance for the land of summer

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