In the summer of 1968, my mother and I went to Switzerland, (we were living in Germany at the time), with dog in tow, to check out a boarding school I would be attending that fall. Afterwards, we embarked on an exciting adventure: A bus tour through the Swiss Alps, to the Italian Riviera!
As you can see on the map, it wasn’t that far, but, it certainly took more than the 5 hours shown. Picture this: A giant tour bus, winding it’s way through narrow mountain roads. No guardrails and it was a long way down. Better not to look ! Before negotiating a turn, the bus driver would lean on the horn, to warn oncoming traffic that he was coming through. Just a little bit hair raising!
This video, (not mine; taken years later), will give you some idea of the beautiful vistas enroute:
The bus tour ended at Milan, and we took a train from there to Finale Ligure, which is a charming beach resort with a lively nightlife.
Gigi, our little black poodle was welcomed with open arms at the hotel and for every meal, we brought her to the dining room. The wait staff asked what she would like to eat and the food was prepared accordingly. In those days, dog food was not known in Europe and my mother always cooked for Gigi. The hotel staff also volunteered to look after her on a regular basis, whenever we wanted to go somewhere without her. We were used to this type of dog friendly atmosphere in Germany and delighted to find it extended south as well.
Although we were there over 45 years ago, it appears not much has changed in Finale Ligure, judging by this recent video. Unfortunately, most photos we had disappeared, so this will give you a flavour of it:
Finale Ligure is ~83 km east of San Remo, home of the renowned Music Festival.
It was a lovely holiday, made even better by the presence of our beloved Gigi. ♥
Have you ever travelled with your pets?
Was it a good experience? Where did you go?
Looking forward to your comments!