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The bus ride through the Swiss and Italian Alps

The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range that is entirely in Europe, stretching approximately 750 miles across eight Alpine countries (from west to east): Monaco, France, Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Unfortunately, this was not a narrated bus trip, (and since these pictures were not posted for many years after they were taken, Karen Duquette is not sure exactly where they were taken).

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Lee, Karen and Brian Duquette spent all day Friday, July 27, 1984 traveling by bus. It was nice though, as they rode through the Swiss and Italian Alps. This was definitely the most scenic and gorgeous part of the trip. Karen Duquette did take some nice pictures even though they were taken though the closed window of a moving bus. The trip was not as hot as the other bus rides, they took during this European vacation, although they still did NOT have air conditioning on the bus. However, the outside temperature made the temperature on the bus okay.

Swiss Alps Swiss Alps
Swiss Alps

Below: Cool postcards

Frand-Saint-Bernard postcard St. Bernard tunnel postcard

Below: The St. Bernard is a breed of very large working dog from the Western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They were originally bred for rescue work by the hospice of the Great St Bernard Pass on the Italian-Swiss border. The hospice, built by and named after the Alpine monk Saint Bernard of Menthon, acquired its first dogs between 1660 and 1670. The breed has become famous through tales of Alpine rescues, as well as for its large size, and gentle temperament.

St. Bernards
St. Bernard and the mountains St. Bernards

Below: After crossing from the Swiss Alps to the Italian Alps the bus made a rest stop for food and nobody from the bus was ever asked to show their passports. During that time, one person from the bus had his wallet stolen, and another person had her purse sliced open.

restaurant in the Italian Alps

Below: Back on the road again, past rolling hills and houses built into the hillside.

rolling hills rolling hills

Below: Photos of the Swiss farm, houses built into the hills, and villages in the Alps. There was NOT any narration on the bus, so exact location of these pictures can not be determined.

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scenery scenery
scenery secenry
sencery mountain in the clouds
houses in the mountains European scenery
big far house
snowy Alps hotel view

Below: Then they drove through the Italian Alps

Italian Alps Italian Alps

Below: Passing by scenery
with no narration from the bus driver.

Below: Houses in the hillside

Italian Alps Houses in the hillside


Milan is a city in Northern Italy, regional capital of Lombardy, and the second-most populous city in Italy after Rome. Its continuously built-up urban area (whose outer suburbs extend well beyond the boundaries of the administrative metropolitan city and even stretch into the nearby country of Switzerland) is the fourth largest in Europe. Milan is the economic capital of Italy and is a global financial centre.


It was late when the bus arrived in Milan, Italy. This was just for the one night and the bus left in the morning for Rome. But while here, most of the people on the bus took the hotel bus into the railroad center. From there, they had to take the train about 45 minutes into the center of Milan. At that point, Brian Duquette got permission from his parents to hang out with two Italian girls from New York who were in their mid or early twenties. They spoke Italian.

Karen and Lee decided that it was time to get a bite to eat. They were reading menus that were posted outside of various restaurants, trying to find a menu written in English. Then a waiter came outside of one of the restaurants and insisted that they eat there. He spoke English and the menu was in English, so it seemed perfect. It was soon discovered that restaurants here charged a “service charge” or a “knife and fork charge”.

Karen and Lee ordered an Italian Antipasto and only got six (6) slices of cold cuts on a plate. There was no lettuce and no dressing; nothing except a few fatty cold cuts. They fast discovered that the Italian food in Milan was completely different from the Italian food in the United States. But the food was okay. After talking to many of the other bus guests, they discovered that they did a good thing eating there because other places charged very high prices for what they ate. But that was just the beginning of the expensive prices for everything. Money spent very quickly in Milan and Rome, Italy compared to the other places that everyone had visited during this trip.

Meanwhile, Brian Duquette and the Italian girls ate some of everything in Milan and had a great time.

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