October 2015, on the road again
After our stay Basel we flew back to London for a brief business interlude, and then back to Switzerland again to pick up the van and continue our road trip south towards Italy. The Red Van broke down near the top of the Gotthard pass, and while we waited for the breakdown company, a very friendly Swiss chap (also travelling in a van) stopped to see if he could help us and then waited with us for over an hour. Once we were up and running again he accompanied us to the top of the pass to make sure the van could manage the steep climb. Everyone had advised us not to go through the very long and boring Gotthard tunnel, but instead go over it, to take in the beautiful views... unfortunately for us we saw only thick cloud, rain and fog!
We coasted down the other side and across the border towards Saronno (north of Milan) to spend a few days with Jay's aunt Katharina and her boyfriend (Jay's sort-of-uncle) Francesco. Here we also had the van properly checked over by their mechanic and then we set off through the beautiful landscape of Piemonte (endless vineyards, hills and castles) and Liguria (Genova, Le Cinque Terre), Carrara, Pisa and finally Livorno for the ferry to Palermo in Sicily...