Italy 2017
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Day 1: No fly zone   (Saturday 22nd July 2017)
Sunday 23rd July 2017

To the old Trout

So an hour later than planned ( alarm clock issues ) we leave the Ibis and our bushy room.

We decided on a picnic brunch beside the motorway, great idea til my roll blew away !

This morning mostly consisted of driving, but Switzerland was well worth it.

Having passed through the non existant border control, we stop at the stop line, beside the official looking buildings, after a few minutes no one  appears, we take instructions from a hippie fella tending his child in a nearby car , to motor on.
We arrive at the Hotel Truite an absolutely heavenly oasis beside the river.

Our destination this afternoon is a riverside walk to nearby Noiraigue, a 1hr 20min stroll along the beautiful stream, nestled into the gorge.

A lot of electricity appears to be generated from the river, which varies from mill pond still to a raging torrent at various points.

at its narrowest point the water charges down the rocks at a hectic and deafening pace.

Once we were well clear of the bridge, it became apparent that it would be a great place to stand & have your picture taken... Maybe on the way back?

Our destination, the railway station for a scenic ride home, it soon became obvious that our best hope was the bus replacement service, due to works. A lovely lady at the station showed us to the bus & asked the driver to send us to another at Rochefort.. The seamless journey costing 4.20 swiss franks each, allowed us another perspective on this glorious area.

back at the hotel, Ian takes a shot of his own old Trout.

Then to our balcony for a cold one and a snooze before dinner.

Ian wrestles with " google translate" our waitress speaks absolutely no english, so far he's ordered Fillet of Shergar and chips.

We were joined by a legion of harmless flies for our dinner, my Trout with butter and lemon, Ians " steak" and herb butter went down a treat after our long did a couple of local brews.

We will sleep well tonight

Goodnight dear reader xxx

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Day 3: From a chateau Chillon to the Matterhorn.   (Monday 24th July 2017)
Day 4: Around the Horn!   (Tuesday 25th July 2017)
Day 5: Zermatt goodbyes & to Venice for a bit.   (Wednesday 26th July 2017)
Day 6: Bridge of Sighs.   (Thursday 27th July 2017)
Day 7: Our wedding anniversary and the beach we nearly went to.   (Friday 28th July 2017)
Day 8: We woke up in Stiffe!   (Saturday 29th July 2017)
Day 9: Rende to Francavilla di Sicilia and a room change   (Sunday 30th July 2017)
Day 10: Day 2 in Francavilla Mount Etna here we come   (Monday 31st July 2017)
Day 11: Busy doing nothing!    (Tuesday 1st August 2017)
Day 12: Back to the mainland.   (Wednesday 2nd August 2017)
Day 13: Up Pompeii.   (Thursday 3rd August 2017)
Day 14: The girls are coming!   (Friday 4th August 2017)
Day 15: Roman Holiday.   (Saturday 5th August 2017)
Day 16: The Gypsy Curse   (Sunday 6th August 2017)
Day 17: Vatican ventures & Gladiators!   (Monday 7th August 2017)
Day 18: Angels & Demons    (Tuesday 8th August 2017)
Day 19: Hello Pope, bye bye pixies.   (Wednesday 9th August 2017)
Day 20: Art work overload.    (Thursday 10th August 2017)
Day 21: Our own unguided tour of Florence.    (Friday 11th August 2017)
Day 22: Ian leans in Pisa.   (Saturday 12th August 2017)
Day 23: Sunny Sunday.   (Sunday 13th August 2017)
Day 24: Goodbye Italy, It's been one hell of a ride.   (Monday 14th August 2017)
Day 25: Long day driving...Hello Callais   (Tuesday 15th August 2017)
Day 26: The final stretch   (Wednesday 16th August 2017)