Chamonix into aosta via Mont Blanc tunnel

Trip Start Oct 21, 2011
Trip End May 25, 2012

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Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When my husband told me that we can drive into Italy in 45 minutes, I was game. Driving through the Mont Blanc tunnel , we would be in Italy and we decided to drive to Aosta for some nice Italian shopping and lunch with a stopover in Courmayer on the way back for dinner.

Weather was still really beautiful in Chamonix, lovely blue skies speckled with clouds as we drove off towards Mont Blanc tunnel.

Trust Mr Chung not to check the toll fees  - 43euros two ways but then I guess even if we knew we would still have gone . The lure of Italy is way too much. But just as we got out of the tunnel into Italy - there were no Italian blue skies - instead it was gloomy and cloudy. Did I just drive into Scotland.

In Europe, we Malaysians really learn to appreciate the sun and the difference it makes on our trips. We got into Aosta only to find out that the shops were closed . It was a Monday and shops are closed the whole day. Aosta is quite colourless and deserted. Not much to see there except some ruins (previously amphitheater)  nearby. I took some nice pictures because the sun peeped out for that five minutes.

Oh less, at least some specialty grocer was opened and I bought some Aosta funghi . Hmm must be good because it was everywhere. Did my retail therapy for the day and now for my sphagetti aglio olio. Strangely enough, the menu in this very traditional Italian restaurant did not offer that. So in my smattering Italian - hahaha sphagetti , with olio plus expressive gesticulation, the man got in and made in. It was soooo good that the lady next to me asked for the same thing.

We then drove back to courmayer which was even more dead than Aosta. I had imagined shopping in nice cobbled streets and ending with a nice Italian dinner with romantic Italian music and enjoying the views of Mont Blanc from the Italian side .Instead, the town was quite dead, even more deserted than Aosta . Even the cafes were closed , for sights of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is definitely prettier. Now that I know, I wouldnt spend the 43e to cross into Italy.

We decide to drive back to sunny Chamonix and give ourselves a treat by eating at L"Atmosphere which looked so pretty from the bridge across the river. We drove right through Mont Blanc and hey the gloom is replace with sunshine and blue skies. As we sat in the town square in Chamonix we  watched  the sunset one more time over the Alps and Mont Blanc .

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