Monday, July 11, 2011

We made it!

We drove all day Thursday starting at 7am and arrived here at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy at 8pm.

Not too bad!

Chuck meowed himself hoarse until about 3pm when he just plain gave up. He had finally resigned himself to being confined in a gortex cat cage for the rest of his life when, alas, we arrived and he was released into a room exactly like the one in Belgium. Only difference: tile, instead of wood floors and different cheap art on the walls.

We drove through Switzerland (never been) and it was everything I imagined from the Heidi story and any other movie I've ever seen with Swiss landscape. Steep green hills with swiss chalets perched as high as the eye can see, lots of tunnels boring through mountains (one had to be at least 10 miles long), blue blue blue lakes... lovely.

We came out of the mountains into a Swiss city, Chiasso and there we hit the border into Italy.

Entering Italy (crappy photo from moving car for your viewing pleasure)

Driving out of those fresh, clean mountains into the smoggy, hot flatness of Italy was a bit of a shock but once I sunk under the carbon cloud I soon forgot all about it. The landscape was flat with jutting short green hills - reminds me of I-5 in Central Oregon on the way to California.

It's hot here. About 90 degrees and humid. It's not Georgia hot but I get the whole siesta thing from noon to three. Quite sensible.

I think I'm going to like it here.


Anonymous said...

WOOHOO so glad you are there and got to see the beauty of switzerland...a place I always wanted to see besides from the plane window.

Viceroy De Los Osos said...

Wow Edith, what an adventure you are having! Will you every be able to bring yourself to return to Washington after seeing what much of the rest of the world offers?

edith said...

K - come visit soon and we'll drive up there (but come in spring/summer so we don't have to deal with snow!) It's crazy gorgeous.

edith said...

Mr. Viceroy of the Bagpipes - I have to admit it will difficult to leave this place. I'm still tickled we managed to finagle another European tour... tee hee!