Another beautiful day walking down the Aosta valley – although there were so.e significant ups as well, as the valley is extremely narrow in places, and the available real estate on the valley floor is taken up with the river, the autostrada, local highway and railway. So the footpath is forced to climb up around and over rock bluffs and streams, often passing through very old traditional villages.
There were more castles today than you could shake a stick at, with the biggest at the end – although it is actually a fortress. The current Bard fortress was built in the 1830s, after the previous version was besiged by Napoleon’s army. As the new one was never put under seige or attacked, it is in pristine condition.
Once again we made a fortuitous accommodation decision, with a balcony view of afore-mentioned fortress, and a dinner of antipasto, pasta, dessert and coffee (plus local wine – this is Italy after all) all for 15€. The Hotel Bordet definitely makes the recco list!
In 2009, we embarked on a one-year family sailing adventure aboard a Grand Soleil 39, "SV Mulan". Our original sailing blog is linked on this site.
In 2017, Susan, Andrew, Sam & Max walked the Camino Frances from St-Jean-Pied-de-Porte to Santiago de Compostella (and rode bikes from Burgos to Leon as a blister recovery strategy), and in 2018 Jack also joined the crew as we waled the northern section of the Camino Portuguese from Porto to S de C.
In 2019 Andrew, accompanied by Max for the first few hundred kms, and Susan for the Tiscan section, walked the via francigena from Canterbury to Rome. That journey is blogged in this site.
This blog is planned as an alternative to the endless instagram posts used previously to communicate with those interested in our travels - although there is a linked instagram account as well!
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When you get to the Vatican. When you go up the palace. Who is going to wash and kiss your feet. I am not volunteering for that one.