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Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta July 28th 2018

Am Freitag ist die 7. Arbeitswoche in Bern erfolgreich zu Ende gegangen. Während dieser Zeit ist auch die Lohnabrechnung für den Juni gekommen. Dabei wurde nur eine niedrige Schweizer Quellensteuer abgezogen. Als Deutscher kann ich von solchen Sätzen nur träumen und wenn ich 181 Tage oder so hier bleibe, muss ich meine hiesigen Einkünfte nicht in Deutschland versteuern. Ich hoffe also, dass das ganze hier wie bisher weiter geht. Heute bin ich also nach dem Frühstück über die gerade renovierte Kirchenfeldbrücke zum Auto und los gefahren. Dabei kam ich am Genfer See vorbei und bin weiter Richtung Wallis. Bei Martigny habe ich die Autobahn verlassen und bin eine vor 15 Jahren zuletzt gefahrene Straße hoch zum Großen Sankt Bernhard-Tunnel. Damals habe ich ja von Montreux aus viele Ausflüge über diese Strecke gemacht. Diesmal hat es allerdings ... read more
Porta Pretoria.
Criptoportico Forense.
Bei der Basilica di San Lorzeno.

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 30th 2016

We filled in no toll roads and that was what we were driving. We crossed the German, French and Swiss border several times but is was an exceptional tour trough the mountains. The roads were good but not at all places. They are small with lots of curves and full of slow drivers. The German part was still good, but when we entered Italy, that changed to the worse. You need a lot of patience. The original speed limit in build-up places is 50 k.m. But that drags on for miles. Suddenly it changes to 70 immediately going to 90, Just at the moment you want to put your foot down it is 50 again. Frustrating. We had to go through the Mont Blanc tunnel and had to pay 43.50 Euro. Aosta is a nice little ... read more

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta May 15th 2016

Ok then, we have had nothing but rain . That pesky work of fiction the weather forecast is actually a work of fact. They said it would rain. It did rain. We are up north in the colder part of Italy and the weather like a bad smell is lingering and following us. We have had to think out of the box to make this holiday work. We have realised we are going to have little sun. News from most parts of Europe suggest the weather is the same everywhere. Northern Spain is having rain, Southern Spain too so had we switched holidays we would have hit rain somewhere. Ah well it is better than work. Where would I rather be ? In Clay Cross or in Suzy in a dullish Aosta deep in the Valee ... read more
A roman arch
the second half of the roman arch
Marzipan sweets

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta September 20th 2015

After three nights in Turin we headed north to the Aosta Valley. There was a big Sunday morning market being set up on our street as we were driving out. We were tempted to linger but we wanted to get on the road, our trips are never straight forward, they involve stops and unplanned detours. We didn’t have a hotel booking and wanted to get to Aosta while there was still light. The hotels in Aosta that I checked on the internet were all very expensive, not very attractive and also full up so we decided to take our chances. We had a similar experience in Cesky Krumlov -- we walked into the old town, found a room at the first hotel we liked and liked it so much that we spent another two nights there ... read more

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta January 25th 2015

As mentioned previously in one of my travel entries, when I was living in France, I used to make frequent day trips (mostly by car) in-country, as well as to neighboring countries. One of those journeys was to Aosta in Italy. It was late August in France, nearly the end of summer. I wanted to take advantage of the remaining days of summer and decided to travel to Aosta the principal city in the Aosta Valley region of the Italian Alps. We left home very early in the morning as it was only to be a day trip. The distance from Bourg en Bresse, the city where I lived in France, and Aoste (the French name fo Aosta) is approximately 235 kilometers or around 145 miles, and we were hoping to get there in about 3 ... read more
Courmayeur, Italy

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 2nd 2014

I would have said “hey guys” but I am pretty sure that no one will be reading this blog except for my english teacher so I’m just going to start by “hello miss Sahtout.” During the february holidays Tano, Mathias and I went to Aosta: a little town in the north of italy for a ski trip which did not make particularly happy because I have always been and always will be completely terrorized of skiing. But tano and mathias really helped me through it by inspiring me with a quote said by Bruce Will in after earth: ‘The danger is real, but fear is a choice’ and by promising me that nothing could happen to me, that I couldn’t get hurt. Well they sure as hell were wrong because I broke my arm the very ... read more

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 25th 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011 Last night I dreamed in Italian. I think it is a good sign. Rise and Shine For the third say in a row I stuffed myself with cakes and fruit at breakfast. I was careful to avoid the cheese plate this time. My cappuccino was better than yesterday, possible from acquired taste. I left the hotel much earlier than the last few days in an attempt to get some mountain trail walking accomplished before the heat of the afternoon set in. Expectations versus Reality Above Aosta on the mountain slopes is the little ski village of Pila (Pee-la), accessed by a quiet 20 minute gondola ride. From its website and general description, I figured Pila was similar to Whistler. Upon arrival, I found this was not the case. Winter must be its ... read more
Down to the valley
Here I am
Pila tourist-friendly trail

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 24th 2011

Friday, July 24, 2011 Anti-Starbucks Coffee, Per Favore This morning’s breakfast was as fantastic as yesterday’s, with one exception. I decided to try out a piece of cheese. It was soft, possibly brie. As soon as I put it in my mouth I realized my mistake. It tasted like feet. In America, with our proud cheddars and even prouder processed cheeses, our pallets have not adapted to the variety of cheese available. Even so, I could not bring myself to eat another bite of feet-cheese. The good news was that my hostess made me a cappuccino, which was so much richer than anything I’d experienced from an American coffee bar. It became very clear why there are no Starbucks in Italy – coffee here is superior. It’s rich, thick, and full, versus our “fast food” coffee, ... read more
Cathedral Exterior Art

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 23rd 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011 First Night in Italy Last night I finally rolled into town at 7pm. Two train changes and hours and hours of travel before that, I was beat. Still, the walk to the hotel was nice, at least I was moving. And providing entertainment for the locals, tugging my blue suitcase behind me while making several U-turns around the neighborhood. At last, I found my destination. After being checked in, my only concern was getting out of my sweaty clothes and into the shower. It was so refreshing. I hooked up my computer and had a brief chat with my mother online, and then crashed at 10pm local time. Where I Experience Culture Shock In the morning I dressed and went down for breakfast, where I again made a slight fool of myself ... read more
St. Orso Belltower
Church of St. Orso
"... Actually I'm quite fond of crucifixes."

Europe » Italy » Aosta Valley » Aosta June 22nd 2011

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Time Zone Change Changing time zones in the air was interesting. It was afternoon daylight when we took off, but the plane windows were closed for some time, so I don’t know if it got dark anytime during our journey. When I opened the windows again, the Sun was rising for Europe. My first glimpse of the continent was a wind generator farm located off coast in the North Sea. And then we saw Holland. Flat, green, broken with canals, it was exactly as I remembered it from nine years ago. The airport, however, was forgettable. Wasn’t I Just Here? Connecting in Amsterdam is not as fun as one might think. Airport connections in general are not fun, now that I consider it. The plane was late leaving Seattle, so its late ... read more

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