|This year's family vacation was to the Italian Alps, in the North-Western tip of the country. Our holiday home was in Ville sur Sarre, halfway up steep mountain slopes. This meant warm but not too warm daily temperatures, much more moderate than in Aosta, the largest town nearby. It also meant having to go down the zigzag way for half an hour every time we wanted to go somewhere else! To avoid the heat of the lower valleys, we mostly drove deep into the various valleys leading to the central valley of the river Fiume Dora Bàltea, as well as to two San Bernardo passes, at the borders with Switzerland and France.