First a little Background:
Four years ago, we had scheduled a trip to Peru to hike the Inca Trail. Before we got started on the trip, we literally had a change of heart, and decided it would be much more fun to spend our 25th wedding anniversary in the hospital.
It started a few weeks before the hospital. Our cross country son had convinced us to do a 5k race. Although we had been running for a year or two, we hadn’t done a 5k yet. After the race, my husband was very disappointed in his performance. Not only did he have to walk due to chest pain, but worse, I beat him. That’s what made him decide that something was wrong. Long story short, he wound up in the hospital for 10 days having and recovering from quadruple by-pass surgery.
A Year Later:
With both kids at camp, we took a make-up trip: Europe. He enjoys making all the plans, and does a great job of it! This trip we’d land in Zurich, drive to Austria, and then Italy. He found us a race in the Dolomites. It was a seven mile race starting in an Italian Alpine village and ending in an Austrian Alpine village.
Zurich is beautiful, clean, and orderly city. We spent 1/2 of a jet-lagged day there, so I don’t remember much.
We rented a car and drove to Salzburg Austria. Salzburg is in a beautiful Alpine valley setting.
The old town was cute and quaint…
but I was unimpressed with the rest of the city. It was mostly filled with socialist style cement buildings.
From Salzburg, on to Hoschpusterstal, Italy. It was a lovely drive, and we got to meet a nice Inn proprietor who was very friendly. I suspect not too many Americans make it to such a remote Inn, so he was happy to chat with us.
Hoschpusterstal was a super village. SOO cute.
We ran our race, and had a great time. (See The Run Part post). Then drove to Genoa, Italy. Truthfully, Genoa isn’t really a destination.
But we stayed in a spectacular 5 star hotel (using points). The basement pool complex was great! There was a lap pool, and then various treatment rooms surrounding the pool: Steam room, rain shower room, misting room. Here is the link: http://www.melia.com/en/hotels/italy/genoa/melia-genova/index.html
One day we went east to Cinque Terra, the five picturesque towns that are built into cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean. Let me give you a hint if you ever want to visit Cinque Terra…DO NOT DRIVE there. Take the train. The roads are crumbling, one lane, cliff-side, switch backs! The only vehicles on the road besides us were large trucks…YIKES!
The other day, we drove West, and spent a beach day on the Italian Riviera. Sorry…somehow can’t find those pics. But I loved how clear the water was. I went for a long swim. And the beaches were tiny pebbles, not sand. Then into Monaco for some shopping.
Our last day was the drive back to Zurich. We drove through Milan.