La Ciotat, France
JOURNAL : May 12, 2002
|Series||The Lovely Côte d’Azur|
On this leg we were exploring the lovely coastline of the French and Italian Rivieras, then through the great northern central valley of Italy. In four days we must check in at Milan.
The pace was leisurely while at our destinations, and brisk between them.
Fort in MarseillesView All Sizes
In Marseilles we rented yet another car and proceeded along the coastal highway. This star-shaped fort is just about the last we saw of Marseilles, as well as about the only photo I have of the city during our overnight stay there. The marina was attractive but we were heading for bluer seas.
So we ducked into La Ciotat after a short drive and had a delicious meal on the beach. Just about all the food we've ever had in France has been savory in both taste and atmosphere. This was also the first time we'd glimpsed the Mediterranean and Liz's eternal quest for clear blue water was once again fulfilled as you can see.
Saint Jean Cap FerratView All Sizes
Plage Des Ondes, Cap d’AntibesView All Sizes
The view below here is from the hills of eastern Nice, with Villefranche-sur-Mer on the other side. In the middle photo, in the far distance is Cap d'Antibes, where we had come from.
Beautiful Nice, Cote d’AzurView All Sizes
View of Nice, Cote d’AzurView All Sizes
The City of Nice, Cote d’AzurView All Sizes
Apricots, Italian RivieraView All Sizes
The coastline is exceedingly lovely and the roads wind in and out of spectacular views frequently. A mist drifted in and laid a soft backdrop. We stopped on a high road and bought a box of ripe local fruit, gorging for a long time thereafter.
And suddenly there was Monte Carlo and we were driving through its narrow streets. The Palace was on the right and we were careful not to crash into any of the fine automobiles being driven around. More about that here.
Soon we got into the most stunning Land of Tunnels and Bridges where the coast hits the foothills of the Alps and the people begin to speak Italian rather than French. The amazing tunnels are often followed by magnificent bridges spanning vast valleys skirting the Riviera. Much of the land is devoted to farming and agricultural projects with towns nestled here and there.
After crossing over the coastal mountains we entered the vast Po Valley. The freeway straightened out and got wider. Traffic thickened, with much more commercial traffic. Many people drove very fast and aggressively, but most everyone seemed to possess an awareness of the road rules, and due caution. The fog in the area is notorious, once causing a huge accident involving 300 cars at the other end of the valley near Venice.
About this day
May 12, 2002
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Unfortunately I've got no pictures of Milan. I'm sure I took some but the film is lost. But we got lots of other great shots here and there. Did we adequately cover our trek on this page? Okay, we left Marseilles and there's Liz at La Ciotat, the city of Cannes and Antibes, Nice and Villefranche sur Mer and the apricots of course, and then through the tunnels and inland towards Milan. Yep, that's it. The next place we got any cool shots was in Venice.