August 15th

A rainy day.  I had forgotten that today is “ferragosto”, a public holiday in Italy.  But it made little difference.  Our hotel – Albergo K2 – was fine and our stay allowed us to get all our clothes and gear dry.  We took the bus to Chiavenna where we had time to do some shopping and have an ice cream.  Peter bought himself a new genuinely waterproof anorak for a very low price, his old one having let in too much water yesterday.  Then a second (Swiss postal) bus up to Castasegna, the first Swiss village.  We immediately found the car and checked in to a small hotel.  We spent most of the afternoon watching the rain, planning the next few days and updating our blogs.  Supper in a pizzeria just across the border in Italy, 2 minutes’ walk away.

Night: Hotel Garni Post, Castasegna