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Monday 5th Jan - we chose to have a day trip to this delightful little town in northen Italy hoping to find some snow to play in, and it was only about 2 hours by train. Aosta is a bilingual town in the Alps close to the entrance of the Mont Blanc tunnel, the major transport link of Italy to northern Europe. It has many very old roman ruins, but we didn't see any of the town! While researching the internet (what would we do without it) I discovered a cable ...
... We stopped in a tiny cafe and ordered pizza for brunch. What a disappointment! We think it may have been frozen. Hard to believe, the worst pizza we ever had was in Italy! Later that afternoon, after exploring the city, we had pizza again, and this time it was one of the best we had ever had, and in a charming sidewalk restaurant.
Headed back to Chamonix late afternoon.
... uphill but since Aosta it has been pretty much uphill all of the way for 35km. It has been a great road though, with less traffic since the tunneled main road branched off. Just tourist traffic really - quite a few vintage cars and lots of motorbikes (on a Sunday). This will be our highest point for the trip, but there will be many more ups and downs still to ...
... bathroom -- the only one we had seen during the entire hike.
Dinner that night-- our last in Italy-- included spaghetti with good ole regular pasta, which made Barbara very happy. We shared a table with two retired French men who, lucky for us, spoke good English, and we swapped stories of our various travels.
... in a bad mood by the time we reached Refugio Bertone to take a break. We sat and sipped a coke in the beautiful setting and for the first time since the beginning of the hike we wondered again if we were up to finishing the whole hike.
Thankfully from Bertone to our next bed at Refugio Bonatti, the trail was gentle and forgiving. And it helped that some of the views were the ...