As anticipated the noise from the toll road last night was pretty bad for some of the time and unfortunately The Chef didn't sleep too well. That's the drawback
with dossing like that, it's usually alright, but it can occasionally be rather noisy. Last night was one of those unlucky occasions. It was complicated by the fact that there seems to be a law, certainly in France and Italy, that HGV's must be off the road
on Sundays. This means come Saturday evening Truckstops and any other suitable parking areas are full of HGV's parked up for their enforced day off, this forced us to park in a car parking area, but away from the busy shop area, but close to the toll road.
We did intend to have a shower this morning but we seem to have a bit of a blockage in the waste pipe, it's either the hand basin in the bathroom or one or both of the drains in the shower tray. Rather than risk a flood of
some kind we gave it a miss. Usually when we have a freebie like last night we'll top up with fuel as a thank you, but when the Chef returned from the Truckstop shop she informed me that there were no pump prices displayed anywhere, and the price she saw on
one of the pumps was one seventy something, so we didn't spend our money with them. I wasn't going to risk taking on about half a tank of fuel and then getting stung at the till. So that was that, one nights accommodation for the price of a baguette from the
Not long after slipping on to the motorway it came to an end, replaced by twisting roads as we headed for Lake Maggiore. The road eventually became very narrow, very twisting and up and down a bit.
Needless to say, having checked the road atlas later the satnav had taken us across country rather than the far better route along the edge of the lake.
Aware that there were only five parking spaces at the Camperstop
(GPS: N45.99630˚ E8.72421˚), we had our fingers crossed that there would be a space for us. I had identified only three possibilities for our parking along this route, and only two of them next to the lake, after that we would be on the motorway heading in
to Switzerland. Our luck was in and there was just one space available, out of six as it turned out. We were soon backed in and up on our levelling blocks in the hope that they may aid the flow of waste water towards the tank at the back of the vehicle.
Once settled we had lunch and then did a bit of housework.
I had cursed because yesterday when filling up back at Parma, one of us had picked up diesel oil on our shoes and now it was dotted on the carpet
and door mats. I've tried putting neat carpet shampoo on it but without much success. I'll have to give it a mega session with the carpet shampooing machine when we get home. Luckily it was not the pieces of fitted carpet which comes with the vehicle. We used
to protect it with plastic used to protect hall carpets, but we grew fed up with walking around on plastic all the time - not in the least bit homely. So I came up with the idea of buying a strip of carpet runner and using that, anticipating that
the mats would take the brunt of any dirt, and all I would need to do was keep it hoovered and after each trip, shampooed. I hadn't however bargained on diesel oil trodden in to it. A solution will be fund, but not until we are home.
Next we went for a nice walk around the village here at Germignaga, then along a bit of the beach coming across a large group of folk who were having a large get together. Given that there were rowing boats outside we guessed they were
a rowing club who were enjoying a Sunday meal together. We then walked in the opposite direction and discovered a really nice, medium sized Carrefour supermarket, which is a French chain. We popped in for a good look around and where I purchased a bottle of
cheap ammonia cleaning solution. On our return I set to work on the bathroom drains, but without much success. I'm pretty sure the problem lies with the right shower drain, but all three are connected so we'll have to wait and see.
The weather forecast here for tomorrow is now for a wet morning and a cloudy afternoon, and cool. In fact it's been cool all day today, but is quite welcomed after the heat of the past week or so.
our latest plan now is for us to stay here tomorrow and then move on Tuesday, where we go will depend on the weather and what we decide. Having dodged Milan we ideally need to find somewhere to visit for about three days, as I would like to be home
next weekend, factoring in a three day journey from here which is ample.
Tonight The Chef is to create Chicken Curry. I never cease to be amazed at what this woman can do with a bag, tin or jar of something, and
why not I say, she's on holiday as well. To prepare my palet for this fine dining experience I am currently supping the last of two bottles of Italian Chianti wine which I bought at the supermarket near the railway station in Siena. I'm
not sure, but I think maybe 'Chianti' is Italian for 'Brake Fluid'.
This evening I expect we'll put the hot air central heating on and sit and watch a DVD or two.
Germignaga? - I think George & Amal Clooney made the right choice in not living here.