Italy was frustrating because there is so much beauty but once we came out of the mountains and went further south the drivers got crazier. Honest to goodness, I would much rather drive in Mexico. Many of the drivers straddle the center line…….even when passing. We decided to go to France now, the country that we have most wanted to see.
But before we drove to France we made an attempt to see the towns of Cinque Terre along the Mediterranean. Every campground we stopped at was full and we were told we should make reservations now for next year. One campground was underneath the pillars of a freeway where we had to back up a steep road in order to leave. And the owner said he owned another campground that was also full. The views heading up into the hills from Genoa are magnificent. The Italians put different sorts of screens up along the highway so that the views aren’t a distraction.
The highways are very nice but expensive to drive as far as tolls. Driving up into the mountains is quite easy because there is tunnel after tunnel instead of winding up and down and around.
We climbed up and up on a four lane highway and then took a shortcut to southern France on a two lane road. What a drive! It was raining and at one point the fog was so thick we could barely see the road. Just breath taking. So break taking that when we reached the top of the pass on a road that was not in very good shape, both Steve and I let out a deep sigh at the same time. The view above is looking at the town of Briancon, France. The drive was so pretty that I would do it again and hope for better weather.
This imposing fortress was in Briancon overlooking the town.