Day 73 – Driving into France
With two and half weeks to go we thought we’d better see some of France. There weren’t many free places to stop along the south of France so we decided to head towards the National Park in Verdon
and spend the day driving the scenic route! This involved the autostrada through the mountains to the French border. Since Croatia this has been the most guarded border, accompanied by quite a few migrants sitting around and a number of banners with ‘Say no to Borders’ slogans. We’ve driven around and seen how publicised the lack of help given to Jews to escape Nazi Germany, something that was completely outside their control. Yet here we are condemning people to a similar fate. People don’t risk their lives crossing borders and oceans for no reason!
We then decided to take the scenic route and drove along some incredible coastline and into Monaco to drive through Monte Carlo for a bit of fun. With its skyscraper hotels, huge casinos, massive boats and posh cars with their four digit number plates, we felt just by stepping outside our van they’d charge us £100! We did nearly have a run in with a low barrier thanks to our GPS; that would have cost a lot more than £100!
Heading back up into the mountains we drove all the way along the edge of a river, stopping several times to take photos of the incredible scenery and entered the National Park where the Gorge du Verdon is. A lot of the areas water has been controlled so there’s a number of man made river and giant dams in the area.
Day 74 – Gorge du Verdon
Jack went out early to get some breakfast as our milk had decided not to be milk anymore. He came back with the nicest croissants and pain au chocolate we’ve ever tasted from the bakery we bought the baguette from yesterday. Everything in there made me want to drool and we could have spent a fortune.
We pigged out, packed up and restocked the van, then drove to gorge du Verdon. This is the biggest gorge in Europe and you can drive the entire length of it, winding up and down the mountains and stopping at parking bays to admire the view. On the way we passed some seriously scary cliff overhangs, having to drive practically on the opposite side of the road in order to get passed. There was also an interesting stretch leading up to a tunnel and round a corner which was only the width of a single car; sounding our horn the entire time we managed to make it through.
When we arrived at the beginning of the gorge it was incredible standing on the edge of a huge cliff watching birds with 2-3m wingspans flying through the gorge. Jack practised his photography skills and managed to get some pretty good action shots. Every time we stopped we discuss not stopping again at the next stop or it would take us forever to get around. Of course by the time we got to the next stop we pulled over. At one point we watched about 20 birds soar through the gorge. There’s a lot of photos included in this bit because we couldn’t decide which ones were best!
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