Enjoy warm days and lighter, balmy evenings, long cool drinks and delicious ice creams on sun-filled terraces and in shady squares. European cities are often quieter, and more affordable, in high summer when their inhabitants flee for the coast. Lakes and mountains offer cooler climes and often a refreshing breeze.
Our trip was a great success. The taxi transfers in Paris went without a hitch. The hotel in Zurich was superb. The Accademia in Verona was also v. good with very friendly staff and all very helpful. La Traviata was lovely – amazing acoustics and fabulous costumes. The seats were excellent. Hotel in Montreux had magnificent views over the lake to the mountains. We had a chance to walk some way round the lake the next morning with the weather sunny and bright. Homeward trip v good and no hitches.