You know it’s a whistle-stop tour when the itinerary says “lunch stop in Belgium”… Although, Belgium is fairly small, so it doesn’t take that long to drive through it anyway. It was very much a recovery day after our night in Amsterdam, as well as it being a short stop on the home stretch of the tour.
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We were 2 hours late in reaching Germany because we decided to drive through the worst snow of the winter in Austria and so we got caught in traffic. (Snow that we did stop off in for a snow fight and snow angels).
Our stay in Venice was far too short, although it may not have been as disappointing as it was if the weather had been good. Once our walking tour was over, all we wanted to do was get home and warm. There wasn’t much drawing us to explore in the mist.
Every man is conscripted into the Swiss army training once they have finished school, and once training is complete, they are required to possess a gun in case they are ever called to fight for their country. Their countless tunnels have explosives either end of them, in case they are attacked; they are able to barricade the enemy inside. Welcome to the neutral country of our tour.
The “Ooh-aah tunnel”, as our guide referred to it as, produced just that result as we emerged onto a scene straight out of paintings and postcards: snow-capped peaks with adorable little villages nestled in the valleys below.