|Early Morning View between Bern and Thun|
Yesterday, another tremendous train journey! At 06:20 I was complaining about the early start, but my complaints didn't last long. We were sitting on the train to Milano Centrale an hour later and then riding smoothly along the line to Thun and Spiez, marvelling at the panoramic view of the Voralpen, across the flat, glaciated valley, above the early morning clouds. It was sunny there. Then we turned south into the Kandertal towards the new Lötschberg tunnel through to the upper Rhone valley where the hillsides were close and the skies became darker. Visp and Brig seemed gloomy places. The young Rhone is grey with glacier meltwater. Immediately after Brig comes the entrance to the famous Simplon Tunnel, dated 1921. We emerged at Varzo, in Italy. (This is something that I've wanted to do for years.) The villages in the mountains reminded me of Wales with their old slate roofs held on with heavy stones and little churches with bell towers. I saw a narrow hump backed footbridge that must have been centuries old.
|At Milan's central station|
The train steward came by, saying buongiourno, and sold me a coffee. I told him in four languages that I'd like some cream with that. Beyond the lake we slowed down for the last part of the ride, through an industrial landscape in the flatlands. Roman roads used to run through this country and the modern roads follow their traces.
You can find a brief respite from the torrential rain and your sodden feet in the Galleria Vitt. Em. II through one of the four enormously high archways. Good restaurants within the covered area and lots of sheltering tourists, so it was lucky to find a little table. My choice of lunch was tagliatelle alla bolognese with fresh rolls, and stopping at the nearby Cafe Mozart later I also sampled Italian dolci, in this case, an apple flan.
|"Closed, today" The Pinacoteca is on the upper level|
|A glimpse of old Milano|