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Little update on my travels :)

I finally left the far Noth East of Scotland last Thursday, and promptly made a long journey down to the South of England even longer by trusting my crappy Sat Nav system intsead of my common sense.... Evventually made it to my friend's place in France, about 30 miles or so from Paris, late on Friday evening, and promptly got snowed in.

The snow is melting now and I'll be leaving for the two longest bits of my journey tomorrow morning. Hopefully I'll make it to Turin (after crossing the Alps underneath the Mont Blanc (tunnel) tomorrow evening, and will then drive across the top of Italy and then down along the coast to my new home in Southern Italy on Wednesday.

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Petra, please drive safely.

Petra, please drive safely.

It's all terribly exciting. I

It's all terribly exciting. I can't even conceptualise driving through countries to arrive somewhere: in Africa, a drive from Cape to Cairo would take a year or more. Good luck!

I have driven all over the

I have driven all over the USA, in pretty much 1 trip, multiple times.

The trip I really wanted to do, was from Kuwait to England.

If my passport had not of been expiring, I would have had to when Iraq invaded.
I had left Kuwait Feb. of that year and was just waiting on passport to return.

Drive safe

Drive safe with your babies. I hope they don't get bored!

Thanks :)

The animals are actually much less stressed by it all than I thought. My cat is mingling quite happily with the dogs and cats at my friend's house, and the dog is just a bit confused by their horses, having never encountered any before. The 3 day break is actually not such a bad idea, I was pretty much knackered when I arrived here and needed to recharge my batteries. The last two days driving will be long, and tomorrow, especially, going across and literally underneath the alps will be a bit daunting.

It is all motorway though, which should help provided I don't end up on the wrong motorway again..... When I came out of the Channel Tunnel which links England with France under the sea I accidentally took the route to Germany which is the way I always went in the past, and by the time I remembered that I am going to Italy, not Germany, it was ages before I could come off and retrace my steps again. Easy mistake to make.... Lol

I should be "home" on Wedesday night if everything goes well.

Hey! Best of luck! May you

Hey! Best of luck! May you have a safe and memorable journey Petra! I would have loved to change places with you, but with a five year old to take care of, I guess my world traveling plans will have to wait a bit Smile

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Five year olds

love travelling. And they are old enough not to keep the entire plane awake by crying.

Judith, you don't know this

Judith, you don't know this five year old! He's known to disconnect the X-ray machines at airport terminals at age 4! Secondly, between his school and my husband's super tough routine, I'm guessing I'll have to wait till he retires at least...

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How on earth

did he manage that?

It was a small airport, the

It was a small airport, the X-ray machine counter was like 20 paces from where we were sitting after checking in. We had arrived early as my husband had to get back to work after dropping us off. Hunzallah had long curly hair back then, and most people used think he is a girl! So he first charmed the two ladies at that counter with cute smiles and all and they called him over as there was no one else checking in as yet. One of them made him sit in her lap and he pointed to the monitors asking what they were and so on, and next thing you know he pulled out a cord. The screens went blank, and it took them about 10 minutes to get them back on!

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Exciting

I'm really envious. Most exciting trip I'll be doing in the next few months is getting the bus to Glasgow.

Bus to Glasgow :)

Judith B. wrote:
I'm really envious. Most exciting trip I'll be doing in the next few months is getting the bus to Glasgow.

LOL!

At least you won't get lost as much as I have managed to in the past few days!

Good to see

that you are suitably awestruck by my jetset lifestyle. That's next week. Couple of weeks after that, I might be going to Aberdeen. On *business*, sort of. I hope you're impressed. Anyway, have a good journey and don't take detours through Germany or Iceland or Canada. Those are not shortcuts. Are you taking photos?

Well, with the way her GPS

Well, with the way her GPS is, it might take her via the Antarctica.

Photos!

Antarctica

Antarctica - Italy. Same thing.

I will take photos tomorrow

Hopefully I will get to the Mont Blanc area before it gets dark. My planning was so slap-dash that I kind of didn't quite realise that I will be crossing proper Alps tomorrow..... Gulp.....

I will take photos tomorrow

Hopefully I will get to the Mont Blanc area before it gets dark. My planning was so slap-dash that I kind of didn't quite realise that I will be crossing proper Alps tomorrow..... Gulp.....

penguins

Look out for penguins. If you see any, it probably means you've missed your turn off. Otherwise enjoy the drive.

Good luck

Good luck crossing in February. I got caught in that area in a blizzard in late April once. All I had was some cheese and a baguette in my car. I had visions of them finding my skeleton in June when the snow melted.

I've arrived in Turin

I will NOT cross the Alps in February, or in the dark, and with show falling horizontally ( can it be called "falling" when it comes at you more or less parallel to the car?) and after a long day's drive, again. In fact I may not ever want to drive again once I get "home" tomorrow night ( the time will depend on what time I leave and how many unplanned detours I take along the way.)

I made it to Turin, took me nearly 13 hours, an hour of that must have been wasted running round the car to the seemingly endless toll window because my steering wheel is obviously on the right, and all the ticket stations and toll pay stations are on the left.... Another 45 minutes were wasted going round and round the one way system in Turin, passing within literally YARDS of the hotel several times, but was unable to GET to it! Could not park up and walk, even if I HAD found a Jaguar sized parking space In the centre of Turin. I very nearly ended up with a Fiat shaped hole in my side when some Kamikaze Italian jumped a red light. I swore at him in 3 languages.

I will also NEVER drive through Paris again. That part was not quite planned, I meant to drive around it....

Margaret, I had a bottle of water, 3 Red Bull and cigarettes with me....Oh... And the animals....

Mountain ranges, especially the Alps, must not be underestimated. Weather can turn from one minute to the next and the Mont Blanc area is notorious. I could have made a last minute (at Lyons) decision to head South and enter Italy along the coast but it would have been a brutal (and expensive) detour!

I am already running two days late so putting in another stop was just not feasible.

Best of luck Petra! You are

Best of luck Petra! You are one brave girl! Stay safe and upload lots of photos once you get there Smile

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I MADE IT!!!!!!

After another REALLY long day and a scary lesson in "Motorway Driving - Italian Style" I FINALLY arrived in Vasto, Southern Italy.

It's as far removed from "North East Scotland" as one could possibly imagine, and that was the whole point.

I walked the dog under palm trees this evening (didn't get here until 9.30 pm) which almost made me forget all my aches and pains!

Most of my stuff, including the flatscreen TV, are still in the car.... It's a LOT of steep steps up to my rooftop apartment. I got the animals up, the laptop, my bedding and my overnight bag. I hope that the rest is all still there in the morning. If not: At least I won't have to lug it up the stairs!

Good to hear!

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I MADE IT!!!!!!

http://www.weather.com/weathe

http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/Vasto+Italy+ITXX0165

Palm trees?
Freaking cold there.

I happy you made it, altho I sure would have liked to make that drive with you.
Love adventures.

Well, I have just woken up and the sun is shining.

It may be a touch fresh, Joseph, but this IS February, after all! All of Europe is caught in a cold spell and right behind Vasto are the Abruzzi mountains!

But trust me: After 3 years of North East Scotland palm trees and the Adriatic Sea are a mighty welcome change from thistles and the North Sea!

Well, I have just woken up and the sun is shining.

It may be a touch fresh, Joseph, but this IS February, after all! All of Europe is caught in a cold spell and right behind Vasto are the Abruzzi mountains!

But trust me: After 3 years of North East Scotland palm trees and the Adriatic Sea are a mighty welcome change from thistles and the North Sea!

brilliant

Hey, you missed the heaviest snow so far this year here. Bout 6 feet of the stuff. I watched a car get stuck outside my window yesterday - was just about to go down and help when the driver finally managed to get moving.

Woohoo! Congrats! Hope you

Woohoo! Congrats! Hope you settle down nicely and have a blast! How's the apartment?

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