Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West Malling, Kent
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What a difference a couple of weeks make
I recently spent a couple of weeks in the Italian lakes. I took the Russell Route via Luxembourg, Metz, Epinal, Basel, then intended taking the Gottard Tunnel to Lugano.
However, when I got to the Gottard tunnel, it turns out they had opened the pass just a few days earlier so I went up over the top instead (2,100m, but an easy enough drive with only a handful of tight curves).
At the top it was simply glorious. The air temperature was up in the late 20's but there was still quite a bit of snow around, and the Gottard Lakes were still frozen.
It was one of the most magical places I have stayed (and free, obviously).
Spent a couple of weeks touring the Italian lakes, then took more or less the same route back, aiming for the Gottard pass for an overnight.
What a difference!! Cold, miserable, wet, most of the snow gone.
Still a magical place, but somehow not quite as nice!