The first stop of the day was Chamonix in the French Alps
The Alps tower over the town.
But none higher than Mount Blanc.
Given that this was July, I reckon I can see why it was named "White Mountain".
The 5-hour ride from Chamonix to Venice began with a 7-mile-long Tunnel du Mont Blanc. A one-way toll was 43 euros -- almost $50! Hence, the traffic.
Welcome to Italy! Buon giorno!
And welcome to Venice!
There are plenty of narrow alleys in Venice.
Al Campaniel, my hotel. This was the only sign. I walked by it three times before finally zeroing in on it.
The word "narrow" pertains to many of the canals as well.
There are some shabby looking buildings. Venice is a city, after all, not a theme park.