After my last update we went into Switzerland after staying just outside Geneva. We bought our €40 vignette, turned off our mobile data and hoped for the best. Geneva is gorgeous and I definitely want to go back. Unfortunately we only spent about 2 hours there because I couldn't find parking
for any longer lol! We decided to head to Interlaken and the scenery driving through the country was absolutely beautiful. It started to snow though so we pulled into a motorway stop for the night because I wouldn't be very experienced with that kind of driving. Was definitely thankful to have extra blankets and my scruffy lurcher dog to keep us warm
The next day we had a wander around Interlaken and then decided to head for Italy. Unfortunately at this time of year the route options were limited so we had to do a zig zag tour of Switzerland to get to Lugano. Along with half of Italy apparently. What should have been a 4 hour journey took around 8 hours. On the bright side the views were spectacular. I would love to go back to Switzerland but not in my van. I think a train journey around the country in winter would be a lot more fun!
When we crossed over the border we were actually just across from Lake Como. As it was a Friday evening the traffic was insane so we headed to a carpark I had used on my trip in 2020. Well, Covid restrictions are well and truly gone so getting a space there was a miracle! Get there early guys! Or really late I suppose when all of the cars have gone!
The next morning we headed for Bergamo. This is a beautiful city and well worth a visit. If you have a dog, make sure you have a muzzle if you want to use the funicular to the Citta Alta. We didn't so we had to climb the steps. A definite test of my cardio vascular fitness
But the views and the gelato made it all worth while! We then drove to Lake Iseo as I had spotted a nice campsite on the ACSI app and we were looking forward to wifi and showers. Unfortunately I hadn't read it properly and the campsite was closed until May. D'oh! But luckily there was a little campsite (Camping Breda) with some stellar reviews on the other app right next door. Well....I don't know who had left those reviews but their bar was on the floor! It was very rough and ready and I wouldn't recommend it, especially at €30 a night. Although, having seen the pricelist today for the campsite in Salthill maybe I'm being unfair!! However, we slept well and had a short metered shower the next morning so we were able to go to Verona. A beautiful city that everyone should go to! Immensely walkable and gorgeous vibes.
We found a stopover for the night a little outside of the city but unfortunately the electricity needed coins and we were out of change. I couldn't connect to the wifi hotspot because there was an issue with my phone receiving the confirmation texts. But it was quiet and really nice.
So then on to Trieste! I decided to save time and take the toll roads. I think we paid about €18 and saved 2 hours. Now, Max, please don't take offence to this! For me, Italian motorways are the scariest roads I've driven on lol! The amount of massive lorries is mindblowing to me! And my poor little van doesn't have the most powerful engine so when a big artic pulls out in front of me to spend 2km overtaking another massive artic, I lose any speed I've built up so I can't go into the fast lane to pass him out. So yeah, that's an experience!!
Trieste itself is an odd city. Very pretty elements but kind of boring? To be fair, we were there on a Monday so not the most exciting day to visit a city. And it was kind of marred by the police questioning us (while ignoring other vans in the same car park) and me realising that I really should have brought my logbook with me like I have done on every other trip. To be fair, we probably looked suspicious cos we had the curtains open as we were waiting for a just eat driver to find us and then I was on the phone when the police came so my boyfriend was talking to them and he didn't know what they meant when they asked for the registration which made it all weirder! It all ended well and the Indian takeaway even gave us a free beer cos I had to hang up on them to talk to the cops haha!
This has become an essay so I'll do photos and Slovenia later