Bosporus Walk - Part 2
Switzerland to Slovenia
We are in Switzerland's Dischma Valley heading for the Grialetsch Alpine Pass.
And our climbing really begins after the isolated farm at Dürboden.
Dürboden farm is now below.
And very close to the 8,343ft summit we find Grialetsch climbing hut.
And a room with a view!
This is our descent.
Our crossing of the Alps involves several passes but no others are as high as this.
We end this downhill day in Zernez, altitude 4,826ft. One of the road signs points to Vereina.
And we use the Vereina Tunnel and the excellent trains of Rhaetian Railways to return us to Klosters.
Next day is uphill once more.
As we walk the the Spöl valley in the Swiss National Park.
A valley that ends abruptly at a dam that also forms the Italian border. Behind the dam is Lake Livigno.
With spectacular scenary and inaccessible peaks over 10,000ft high.
Lake Livigno is paralleled by a well protected road much used for high altitude cycle training.
Isolated Livigno is an unusual mix of ski resort and tax free shopping.
Two more passes follow. In the foreground is the Foscagno Pass, in the distance, Passo Eira and Trepalle village.
A magical descent follows though butterfly filled Alpine grassland.
And can you believe this? Hot springs in the mountains above Bormio.
We leave Bormio on a crisp October morning.
To follow the Adda River downstream. This is Zola.
At Gròsio we turn off for the Mortirolo Pass.
Which is cold at the top.
But warm and sunny lower down. This is Monno near the Oglio River.
And this is important Edolo.
Narrow steets and passageways are common around here as our route leads us through the right hand archway.
We liked Edolo.
And we liked the local villages too. This is the approach to Niardo.
And amongst's Niardo's narrow streets, a perfect painted house.
We skirt Breno heading for yet another pass, the Crocedomini, altitude 6,200 ft.
Crocedomini is another key spot.
And with frost already on the trees it looks as though we have arrived just in time.
Incredible Bagolino follows.
With its maze of narrow steets Bagolino is totally unforgettable.
ourthe walking year of 2011.
Our walking map now looks like this. The black pins denote one year's walking, the coloured pins mark our route.
We return to Storo in 2012.
And here most older builings have attractive balconies are common.
Our final pass is the Ampola Pass, altitude 2,450ft.
And it leads us to Tiarno di Sopra, a pallet manufacturing town.
Lake Garda next on the Ponale Path to Riva del Garda, an incredible track cut into lakeside cliffs.
As night falls on Riva del Garda.
We reach Malcesine.
Then Assenza, where we divert though hillside olive groves for a while.
We are now in Veneto, the Venetian region of Italy.
Lasize Castle from where we cut through the vineyards to Verona.
Verona from the Lamberti Tower.
Verona's Roman Arena.
And Verona's Castelvecchio.
Verona is hot work!
Moving on we find ourselves below one of the many floodbanks.
As we reach another amazing town, Montagnana.
Our departure gate next morning.
As we head for Este, also impressive.
The Euganean Hills follow and the village of Aqua Petrarca.
Then Due Carrare with its rambling villa.
Pontelogo on the Bacchiglione River.
And a late evening view off the same bridge as the sun sets on the Euganean Hills.
Correzzola now, on the Bacchiglione River, where this vast monastery complex is decaying away.
But one small section is preserved and within this is a small hotel from which we depart pre dawn to beat the heat of the day.
And so to the Venetian Lagoon, which we enter at the most southerly point, Chioggia.
Chioggia is a mini Venice, except that cars and bikes are allowed.
A short waterbus ride then takes us to Pellestrina, a thin island held together in the south by a long sea wall.
Pellestrina is a locals island and is incredibly quiet considering how close we are to Venice.
These boats are sand sifting shellfish harvesters.
At the top of Pellestrina we cross the second lagoon inlet to reach The Lido, another long, thin island.
Much of the Lido is also very quiet as Venice now nears.
Great to be here.
San Marco, fantastico!
Walking boots and backpacks in St. Mark's Square. Not the norm!
Needless to say, we loved our stay.
We are even here at pagent time, the Regatta Storica. Fantastic!
From Venice a waterbus takes us to Punta Sabbioni to follow the Adriatic Coastline round towards what was once Yugoslavia.
But often we are forced inland, sometimes a long way inland. Around Jesolo we follow watercourses.
And these lead to the fishing port of Caorle, once an island community with a church tower that once doubled as a lighthouse.
Caorle's sea defences are creatively carved.
Misty marshland follows, as we roughly follow the Lemene River which still has several lift bridges.
The Tagliamento River now at Lastisana, a town with colossal flood defences.
And so to fortified Palmanova, a Venetian frontier town extraordinaire.
This is how Palmanova looks on the map. It has nine of nearly everything.
And if it isn't nine it is usually three as we depart early morning from the main square.
To leave through one of the three gateways.
And one last river, another interesting one, the distinctively coloured Isonzo at Gorizia.
As we leave Italy and enter Slovenia.
End of Part 2
Part 3, Slovenia to Serbia
Bosporus Walk Part 1, Malvern Hills to Switzerland
Bosporus Walk Part 4, Serbia to Romania
Bosporus Walk Part 5, Romania to Istanbul
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