Day 45 – Aosta to Nus- 17.5kms

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Leaving La Belle Epoche Hotel, Aosta today with very sore thighs after 2 straight days of downhill walking.

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Aosta in 25BC was a key Roman town for the expansion of their empire into northern Europe and Britain. Here Julius Caesar’s statue reminds us of the Roman’s influence on these northern Italian towns.

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This old castle is right in the city of Aosta, and is currently being renovated, as is most everything else here.

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This is 1 intact old gate of 4 that were built to guard the entrances to the city.

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This is one of the walls of the old gate.

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Another arched entrance into Aosta.

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Flat land in towns is at a premium so cemetries utilise vertical family vaults.

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We passed many beautiful container gardens along the way today.

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And regular gardens such as this one with its delightful peony roses in bloom!

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Our few days of good weather has come to an end today – storm clouds gather over the old Quart castle, built in the 13th century by the reigning fuedal family of the area.  Our path today took us on a climb up the mountain behind the castle then down into the valley- again. Peter wasn’t appreciative of this climb up and down!!

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Here is the story of the old castle.

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The reward at the end of the day for all the climbing effort was this delicious looking and tasting desert.

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