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Summer 2002 - Switzerland and Italy
WHO: Pauline and Steve from Santa Fe, NM. Pauline is writing the trip report. We are in our mid 40s and 50s and travel to Europe once a year (for the last 7 years). We work as consultants, so can take the time off for a longer trip, but we have to travel with our computers in case work things come up.
WHEN: 5 1/2 weeks from August 21 to September 28, 2002. The last time we were in Europe was in September 2001.
WHERE: Fly to Zurich, 2 1/2 weeks in Switzerland, drive to Italy, 3 weeks in Italy, fly home from Rome. This page has our itinerary.
WHY: Switzerland for the hiking, Italy to do some touring.
Trip Itinerary: Overview of the trip
Arrival in Zurich: 2 nights at Hotel Claridge Tiefenau
Zurich Notes: Hotels, restaurants
One Week in Engelberg: Hotel Spannort Apartment in Engelberg, south of Lake Lucerne
Engelberg Notes: About the town, mountain passes
One Week in Grindelwald: Chalet Berghof, in Grindelwald in the Berner Oberland, south of Interlaken
Grindelwald Notes: About the town, mountain passes
Switzerland Notes: Food shopping, mountain restaurants, thoughts about Switzerland
One Night in Levanto, Liguria: Villa Margherita by the Sea
Week One in Cetona: Torre San Domenico, in Cetona on the border of Tuscany and Umbria
Week Two in Cetona: Our second week in Torre San Domenico
Tuscany/Umbria Notes: Autostrada notes, about Cetona
Weekend in Sperlonga: Two nights in Sperlonga on the Lazio coast south of Rome
Five Nights in Vetralla: Five nights in Vetralla, norther Lazio near Viterbo
Lazio Notes: About Vetralla and this area
Two Nights in Rome: Hotel Lord Byron
Trip Conclusions and Resources: Notes about the trip and travel resources
Trip Photos: Photos for the trip
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