Italy 2017
Show all days on one page (a long download!)
Day 1: No fly zone   (Saturday 22nd July 2017)
Day 2: To the old Trout   (Sunday 23rd July 2017)
Day 3: From a chateau Chillon to the Matterhorn.   (Monday 24th July 2017)
Tuesday 25th July 2017

Around the Horn!

Weather forcast suggests rain.

With no idea where to start our 2 peaks day , we go to the cable car, however the web cam shows the Matterhorn swathed in thick cloud, so we opt for the Gornergrat express.

The views in every direction were breathtaking.

Our thin summer clothes took a test in the minus 1 temperatures.

Views across to the Matterhorn bear out our web cam images.

However on the journey down the sun comes out and some images of the majestic peak, sneak out.

The splendid train ride ended at Zermatt, we should have paid extra for the return journey but were waved through by a bored guard.

Another mile hike back up the mountain to the cable car.

The temperature rose & fell throughout our journey.

Change of Gondola for the final leg with plumeting temperaures.

A lift deposited us on the observation deck, by far the coldest place on the planet.

This is the Kline Matterhorn ( the matterhorns little brother ) in perfect relief against the clouds.

Meet Sherpa Tensing & his apprentice.

We found the ice tunnels and this little boy decided to try the kiddies ice slide..Guess who got stuck ?

Many beautiful sculptures adorn the caverns.

This was our last glimpse of the Matterhorn before we were too low to see her properly, still wearing her cloudy halo.

Ian wanted to visit the Gornerschlucht Gorge. I was more than happy to accompany him to the entrance, but the many steps didn't appeal to me.

The tiny buildings below are Zermatt.

A visit to the pool and spa completed our day, having walked 7 miles, the muscles loved the warm water.

Finally our dinner at The Viktoria Restaurant, some sensible salads, followed by Mixed grill & veal sausage for me..The beers were large & welcome.

We should sleep well.

Goodnight reader ( miss u mini moo ) xxx

Your name Comment
Type the number 789 here to validate

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)