Monday, June 30, 2014
Day Four - Sauze D'Oulx to St Moritz
Day Four, marking the halfway point of our Alpine Tour, proved to be a mixed day both in terms of weather and driving. First thing this morning it was bright sunshine but bitterly cold (see previous post) yet by the middle of the day we were peeling off the layers and slapping on the suncream. By days end we were wrapping up against the chill again as we ascended to St Moritz.
First thing we headed north to the Mont Blanc tunnel, a bit disappointing as the mountain was shrouded in cloud and the tunnel didn't seem as big as it looks on Top Gear! Nevertheless we saw the glacier on the drive up from Chamonix and managed to get the engine note reverberating around the tunnel without exceeding the speed limit by too much!
Our next landmark was Lake Como - what a super place to visit! We were only able drive the (surprisingly long) length of the lake, with the snow capped mountains in the background, but it looks worthy of a longer stay.
We did stop briefly on a couple of occasions ... did I mention it was very hot during the day?!
After Lake Como we headed up to St Moritz and our first alpine pass - the Moloja Pass! Angela drove but her progress was thwarted by a rather sedate German Mercedes driver ...
We finally arrived at our hotel for the next two nights, the 5-star Kempinski Grand Hotel - it's rather nice, I don't think we're going to want to leave!