While couriers S and G wend their way south through France, Spain and Portugal, couriers J and M head off in more or less the opposite direction. First stop: Switzerland.
Pablo and Lola
We delivered delightful tiny greyhounds Pablo and Lola to Dominique and family in the heart of Lugano, in Switzerland. The family is spending the summer here before returning to London.
After climbing what felt like endless hairpin bends, we reached the top of a mountain near Modena in Italy to collect champion Pembroke Corgi Bruce from Vittoria. Handsome Bruce is on his way to Australia via the UK.
A night in Parma
Traffic jams, twisty mountain roads, diversions and the Gotthard Tunnel — after a challenging day on the roads, we turned to Booking.com to find a hotel room in Parma. And we were in luck! The Locanda Abbazia had one suite left at an irresistibly low price. And it turned out to be a stunning place to stay.
The hotel is on the top floor of this rather magnificent building. In the centre is a contemporary art gallery featuring sculptures, drawings, posters and paintings; exhibits are also displayed in the gardens.
A small, lively restaurant serves home-made, locally sourced food. On sitting down at our table, we enjoyed a glass of rather superior Lambrusco, the local wine, along with Parmesan cheese nibbles. We asked for balsamic vinegar and oil to dip our bread, but were refused! On the grounds you should never mix the two, and should certainly never use Modena balsamic for that purpose. Well, you learn something every day!
Gia and Olli
From Italy we crossed the border into France to collect gorgeous Ridgebacks Gia and Olli from their summer residence in the Nice area. This mum and daughter travelled with us last month from Sweden, and are now on their way back to Stockholm.