We have recently returned from a 26 day road trip to the UK, a journey we made to spend quality time with some of our family and friends over Christmas and New Year. Sadly although we were away so long we still did not get the opportunity to meet up with as many people as we had hoped.
Circumstances and weather were very much against us.
Although not strictly ‘News From Italy’ I have been asked to share some photos with you. So here then is a selection from our trip showing you not only the weather conditions we experienced but also some of the places we visited.
For those of you interested in viewing the full selection I have created an album on Flickr.com UK Road Trip Dec 2010 - Jan 2011
When we left home at 8.30am on the 15th of December it was minus 5C and it was no surprise therefore to hear from friends that the very next day there was snow in the Viterbo region. What a shame I was not at home to photograph it! We were however to see plenty of snow ourselves over the next few weeks, starting from south of the San Gottardo Tunnel and staying with us on our travels until almost New Year. In mainland Europe however the roads were kept clear, lorries were not allowed to move on the motorways and chaos did not ensue as it did in the UK.
Approaching San Gottardo Tunnel
Sunrise from our hotel in Luzerne, Switzerland. 16th December 2010
Lorries parked up in the fast lane due to snow conditions on the French motorway!
The Dorking Cockerel, a landmark in our hometown, Dorking Surrey.
I did take a lot more snow photos but I think most of you will have by now seen more than enough snow, so let’s move on! In fact I will skip Christmas lights, Christmas and New Year altogether. This time was spent with family and friends in Surrey and Salisbury. A planned trip to Wales sadly never materialised due to weather conditions but on January 4th we were able to travel to Suffolk to spend a few days with friends. It was extremely cold while we were there but at least all the snow had gone and it remained dry. While we were there we visited Diss and Norwich both just over the border in neighbouring Norfolk.
Frozen Mere, Diss, Norfolk.
Norwich Castle, rather imposing!
Norwich Castle Interior
View from slit window in Norwich Castle
Hay Hill, Norwich.
St Peter Mancroft Church Norwich
Finally homeward bound again, we once again stayed overnight near Luzerne in Switzerland, although the scenery was green rather than white this time.
View from our hotel room in Luzerne, Switzerland rather different scenery from last visit on the 16th/17th Dec!!
If you enjoyed this taster of our trip but still want to view some more photos my album can be found on Flickr.com UK Road Trip Dec 2010 - Jan 2011