A month on the road. Was it worth it? Would I go again? What was it like? Here’s what I learned.
Three weeks in Switzerland wasn’t enough. The country has so much to offer. The French German and Italian parts are all quite different; the people are wonderful everywhere.
You don’t need to go inside to see things. Towns are so picturesque and historic that walking around is like being in a museum.
Different Cantons have different rules about masks etc.. I was more comfortable where masks were more required. The odd cab driver who was not wearing a mask put one on happily when I asked them to. On public transportation everyone wore a mask always. The trains are spotless. High touch points were wiped down regularly.
Not all restaurant servers wore masks. This bothered me. I ate outside whenever I could. When I ate inside the tables were very far apart. Some hotels had breakfast buffets. Didn’t like this either.
The French part of Switzerland wore the most masks.
The Italians were hit hard early and really don’t want to go backwards. I saw way more masks in Italy. They are required everywhere indoors and compliance was high.
I felt frumpy in Geneva and Milan. Women are so beautifully dressed. Shopping in Milan is still amazing.
Masks are the new accessories. When not covering the mouth & nose people dangle them from an ear, tuck them under the chin or wear them around the upper arm or wrist. You can buy them everywhere. Some match masks to their outfit. I loved this look.
Getting to Venice when it was relatively empty was a dream come true. I’ve been many times but never like this. It really is a magic place.
The Any Tour app was my favorite guide. Great self-guided audio tours packed with info you can download and use whenever.
I never thought I’d write so much about masks.
I’ve just finished my 2 weeks of quarantine after returning. It’s the law in Canada. Anyone entering the country must quarantine. There are a few exceptions but not many. As you go through customs they ask you where you plan to quarantine, how you will get food and give you a sheet of rules. Basically you can’t leave your home and you can’t see anyone. Even outside, 2 meters apart, both wearing masks. They may call, drop by or email to check up on you. I got two emails. I know many people who’ve had calls. Drop by’s may be urban myth. I quite enjoyed the quiet!
I am a travel addict. For me the trip was beyond worth it!! I hope to go again soon!