Gorbio and St Agnes

Trip Start May 19, 2007
Trip End Sep 02, 2007

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

After a surprise phone call on the Mobile from home on Saturday, we set off in the afternoon to Menton, close to the Italian border. Menton is the closet beach town to the Italian border and was therefore filled with many Italians visiting when we stopped. We wandered around the streets, getting a feel for the place and then found a nice restaurant on the water serving grilled scampi. Yum! It was nice to stop and relax for a bit.

We had left home with the intention of taking one of the walking trails between the small medieval villages of Gorbio and St Agnes up in the hills behind Menton. Unfotunately the guy at the tourist office in Menton said that the walk was pretty difficult and would take some hours to complete. With Christie suffering some serious blisters (new shoes) and as it was already 3pm we weren't sure if the walk would be possible.

We drove up to Gorbio, which was a little hairy due to the steep and narrow roads (more than a little according to how Christie was gripping onto the car). It was such a quiet little place - everyone must have been having their afternoon siesta. It was no problem for us though, we were happy to have found a place to explore on our own without all of the pushing and shoving that is happening elsewhere on the coast being that the summer tourist season has started. Although Christie had put her boots on ready for the walk when we arrived in Gorbio, her feet didn't want to cooperate. We decided that even with all the band-aids in the world, her feet were not going to cope with a difficult walk so we decided to drive to St Agnes instead.

The village of St Agnes is larger than Gorbio and a little more popular, however it was still very quiet with the locals going about their business. It's Europes highest seaside village at 780m and the coastline views are breathtaking. We set about exploring the village and came across a wedding celebration that was being held at one of the restaurants. Christie has decided not to take any fashion tips from the bride though. Her dress was an 80's flash back: tight sequined top half with the bottom half being lots of ruffles - the skirt was really short at the front (think mini skirt) and longer at the back. She was standing out of the front of the restaurant having a smoke. Oh and not to forgot the big blonde hair and the hot pink lipstick....mmmmm....classy.

After appreciating the view a little longer (of the coast, not the bride), the weather was starting to look a little grey, so we decided to make the trip back home via the coast road through Monaco.

After dodging all the traffic full of rich cars, we ended up driving through Monaco without really seeing a lot, but with the traffic we were happy to be on our way home.
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