day 15 & 16 – it’s all about cars
After leaving Bologna we headed across to Maranello to check out the Ferrari Museum. All the cars from old to new were beautifully displayed and I learnt a lot about the history of Ferrari in a really interesting way. Plus, Daniel got to drive one, so he left feeling pretty happy 🙂
Then, seeing as we were so close to Modena I decided to go searching for some good Balsamic Vinegar! Unfortunately it was Sunday and everything was closed. So I had to leave empty-handed. This also meant that we now had some extra time in the day. So on our way to Monza, which was our destination for the night, we made a pit stop in Verona. We spent some time wandering the town, eating icy poles and enjoying the sun. We decided to skip Juliet’s balcony (Casa di Giulietta) and the Arena di Verona as it was getting seriously busy around town. So we took the scenic drive via Lake Garda before settling into Monza for the night.
Day 16 – Monza to Chamonix in the worst traffic so far
Our first stop in Monza was to the race track, Autodromo di Monza, for a tour. It was really cool to see all the behind the scenes stuff from the F1 and to be able to stand on the podium.
Before jumping back in the car and heading to our next destination we had to stop for one last pizza and the yummiest gelato I’ve ever eaten! I was so full after lunch that I could barely move. Which was probably a good thing, as it turned out, the drive to Chamonix took us an extra 2 hours than it was supposed to, thanks to a traffic jam near the border back into France. At least the views along the way were beautiful.
Day 17 & 18 – Chamonix
Chamonix was so beautiful, like something out of a fairy tale. We were staying here for two nights, but I could have stayed for a lot longer. It’s definitely somewhere I’ll be heading back to. We stayed in another amazing airbnb, which I really love to do. It means that I can relax more, make my own meals and usually there’s an interesting bookshelf to browse.
I didn’t expect Chamonix in summer to be as amazing as it was. There was so much to do. We were only a short walk into the town, which was really cute and had lots of shops to browse and really yummy waffles! We took the Montenvers Railway up to the Mer de Glace glacier and walked through the ice cave. I felt like I was dreaming, I couldn’t believe I was actually experiencing something like this.
Chamonix ticked all the boxes for me. There is plenty of spectacular scenery to enjoy, which gave me all the motivation I needed to get outside in the fresh alpine air. Plus it was so peaceful that I could just sit and relax and breathe. I loved it!
This was the second time on this trip that I was sad to leave, but we still had so much more to experience before heading home. So stay tuned for the next instalment of our great summer road trip.
Cheers, Jess 🙂