, drove through France (touching the town of Chamonix) and then drove through the Mont Blanc tunnel to reach the village of Courmayeur in Italy....
Courmayeur is an author's dream and a poet's paradise. It is frequented by the rich and also the not-so-affluent, yet, it showers both with equal amount of love and warmth. When in Courmayeur, especially during the summers which are not like the activity-laden winters, make sure that you find yourself a nice place to stay because no matter what, you will be spending a lot of time indoors, often by the fireplace. While the village has some good hotels, I would suggest that you rent one of the many mountain homes of locals who have moved to metropolises for work. The one that I was staying in defined 'cosy' in ways like no other and was also luxurious at the same time. The icing on the cake was the bookshelf I discovered in my room which contained titles that had been on my reading list for ages. My idea of a perfect vacation had finally been realised. Getting there: Savda Buses running from Turin/Milan terminate at Aosta from where you have another hour long ride to Courmayeur. Booking your tickets online is the best idea and they range from 10 to 15 Euros. Always remember to carry a print out of your ticket before boarding the bus. There are faster train connections as well, but they involve a lot of changes and you ultimately have to get into a bus at Pre-Saint-Didier, therefore, a direct bus ride should be smoother, especially if you have a lot of luggage with you. The journey could take up to 5 hours.