Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Travel Tuesday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Into Italy

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section: 
September 23, Wednesday – Road between St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Milan, Italy
Left hotel on very foggy day.  Went though another pass and then drove across border into Italy.  After all our preparations to hide 10,000 lire notes, they didn't even ask about them.  Went to Lecco where we lunched - had spaghetti.  Then drove on to Milan where we found room to spend night.*  One of immediate things I noticed about Italy was loud horn blowing.  Also narrow streets.  People were not as prosperous as in Switzerland, understandably.
City of Lecco [25 December 2011] / ROFI44WIK (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0

According to the "HOTELS STOPPED AT" section of the trip diary, my mother and her friends stayed at the Albergo Touring Hotel in Milan, Italy. 

At left is a map of today's route. The body of water to the left (with the city of Lecco at the bottom) is Lago di Como (Lake Como).  The photo below shows the city of Lecco and the marina on the lake.  Monte San Martino (mountain) looms over the city.  The building with the tall spire is the Basilica di San Nicolò (Cathedral of Saint Nicholas).

I'll have to ask Mom why they hid the Italian money.

This is the 47th in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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