The last day of our trip down south was very, very long, driving around 900km, but we saw some amazing sights.
We took a last look around San Remo and just loved the port area. If we hadn’t been leaving we would’ve loved to have bought some fish – fresh off the fishing boats – at the little market stall there, or even done some fishing ourselves!
Back over the border, driving through the French Alps, the mountains, tunnels, bridges and gorges witnessed were just incredible and definitely the highlight of the day.
We stopped at the quaint village of Tende, to buy a baguette, and could have happily spent more time there.
Back in Italy, we picnicked near a huge bridge, which I seem to have developed a fascination for – I love seeing the marvel of man-made engineering against the beauty of nature.
Drove past the beautiful architecture of Torino (or Turin) and were surprised by just how big a city it is. We were tempted to head off to Milano, but the highway tolls had soaked up all our extra cash, so we stayed on course and headed for Bardonecchia (once we realised that was the right direction!)
We got to the Tunnel de Fréjus and if I hadn’t been sitting down I would’ve fallen over when I saw the toll: €36! Mind you, it’s just under 13km long and it was, after all, one of the main reasons for we chose to take that route.
Ironically we ended up getting a speeding fine in Lyon – it would have been much better use of our funds to stay the night somewhere instead!
By the time we got to Roanne we were getting low on petrol, but the only open petrol stations were automated (un-manned) and first one did not accept our Australian card. Thankfully the next one did.
By then it was some crazy hour of night, so we stopped at Macca’s before tackling the last leg, arriving home at 2:20am.
A long way and a long day.