Monday, April 12, 2010

Day 5 Drive to Venice

Nothing else to call today but a driving day –our destination close to Venice - we took the scenic route over the Brenner pass (including very “scenic” when I took a wrong turn and we ended up on a very narrow winding country road, passing houses mere inches from the camper’s mirrors). The scenery was astounding, and the pictures just don’t do it justice. Our road ran mostly parallel with the motorway – an amazing engineering feat with huge spans of road and bridges crossing over and behind quaint country houses and barns. The two didn’t go together very well, but the advantages of the motorway to the driving public must have been enormous.

We climbed slowly up and up and up, over the Brenner Pass – a low pass through the mountains to Italy. We reached the snow line, and the temperature plummeted to a chilly 5 degrees, before we rejoined the motorway and started our gentle but long decent on the other side. Passing through borders is a breeze (it is more difficult to decipher the toll gates for the motorway)!

Finally we arrived in Fusina, on the coast opposite Venice, where we are camping for the next two nights , and the plan is to catch the earliest ferry across to Venice, and spend the day there exploring (and probably getting lost!)