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Spring Bank Holiday in Cogne and the Aosta Valley

Thursday 25th May.  Mike writes.  Our early afternoon flight landed in Turin at 4.30 pm for a 2 hour coach transfer to Cogne. This took us on motorway up  the Aosta valley, a principal  route between Italy and Northern Europe via the Mont Blanc tunnel. Turning off just beyond Aosta, the last stretch was on a sinuous local road  in the Cogne valley,  high above the rushing Grand Eyvia river with some extremely scary unprotected drops. Those brave enough to have their eyes open caught a glimpse of the famous Roman bridge at Pondel, way below. Continue reading Spring Bank Holiday in Cogne and the Aosta Valley

Spring Bank Holiday in South West Ireland

An impressive 32 made their way to Killarney where we stayed in several B&B’s. It’s a small town and, as the gateway to the ring of Kerry and the lakes, is  given over to  tourism. The main streets are very lively with dozens of bars and restaurants and throngs of visitors from all over the world. There’s music everywhere,  in bars and hotels and also from street performers. We particularly enjoyed a Scottish busker, complete with golden wig, who had a scurrilous song about Donald Trump to the tune of the Boxer.

As usual there were two levels of walks arranged over the three days. Sandra suggested that those doing the longer walks be called Hikers, and those doing the shorter ones, Strollers. Continue reading Spring Bank Holiday in South West Ireland