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Ciao Italy and over the Alps we go ⛰

The Stelvio Pass, a night in Innsbruck and then one helluva day's drive to Amsterdam. 🚘 ⛷ 🎿 ⛈

It rained very heavily the night before we were to leave Lezzano and there was a bit of doubt about whether we should continue with our plan to drive over the Stelvio Pass. This pass is renowned as a stunning drive over one of the highest road passes in the world as well as being very dangerous. More about the Stelvio Pass at this link.

On waking early Tuesday morning we were able to hear a cuckoo. No I didn't go looking for a clock. Yes we were close to Switzerland. And after the cuckoo diversion we noticed the weather was much improved and decided to press on with the 'Stelvio Challenge'.

First step on a long journey was the ferry from Bellagio to Varenna. Two photos and a late inclusion, a video from car ferry journey.

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Naturally we were excited as we approached Bormio, at the foot of the Stelvio Pass. An amazing drive with some great views.

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Over the day we travelled just over 350kms, including 10kms by ferry then through Italy, Switzerland and Austria. The first couple of photos below are in Switzerland and the rest in Austria.

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We had a pleasant overnight stay in Innsbruck. Winter Olympics 1964 and 1976. Found enough time to wander around the old town, enjoy the classic buildings and then a stein of local beer and a weiner schnitzel. Yes, you did spot a Maccas tucked away in one of the very old buildings and, no!

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The next day Wednesday, we drove from Innsbruck through Germany to Utrecht, just out of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Over 1000kms in at times, some very wet and difficult conditions. And finally a couple of photos of the Austrian countryside as we left Innsbruck in what was the best weather of the day. Austria, always so lush, tidy and scenic just like the post cards.

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And some really good news, Peter out of hospital today (Thursday) and doing very well.

Posted by stavmagpie 14:11 Archived in Netherlands

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