Day 51 - 58 : The Virgin Road Trip

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Mar 23, 2011

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Aires-de-service, Car Parks, Camp-Sites and mostly in the back of Fiddy...

Flag of Italy  , Liguria,
Thursday, May 13, 2010

By most accounts, a success and a trip that constantly evolved as we went, visiting the French Riviera was absolutely amazing and one of the highlights so far...

Although nothing like we originally planned, the itinerary for this maiden voyage went as follows;
Day 1 - Leave Stuttgart, crash at a rest-stop on the Italian auto-strada on the way to Genova. Felt unimaginably relieved when we realised our theoretical plan for sleeping in Fiddy actually worked. Long day of driving through 3 countries. Italians are by far the worst, Swiss/French are by no means great, and Germans are way (way, way, way) too aggressive. Autobahns are not for the faint at heart - especially when driving a 900cc car with a max speed of 160km/h (although I know this to be a lie, cause he was clearly capable of more - don't tell Ann tho, she was sleeping at the time) - and everyone else can clock up twice your speed.
Day 2 - Check out Genova, less than thrilling so head over to San Remo after a quick, yet super strong, espresso. Find a great spot near the beach and stay there for the day/night. Nice little place, although a little touristy but did enjoy the best gelato ever.

Day 3 - Went to Eze for breakfast along the Avenue des Diables Bleus. Stayed at a camping site in Cagnes-Sur-Mer and enjoyed a bit of rest and running water.

Day 4 - Saw the Monaco F1, checked out the town and then headed over to Antibes for the night. Crashed by the water at the foot of Fort Carre.

Day 5 - Woke up to a great breakfast by the water, then spent the day at the beach and roaming the old city in Antibes. Crashed at the same place (though somewhat more eventful thanks to our late night Russian friends).

Day 6 - Spent the morning at the Picasso Museum, bought some fantastic produce and jam at the local Antibes markets, then made it to Lyon for an amazing dinner. Managed to get lost finding Fiddy but saw a whole lot of the city (around 2hrs worth).

Day 7 - Drove onto Lausanne for lunch, and then kept on going until Wurzburg. Got to see the Rhinefall on the way as well as treated to a McDonalds Veggie Burger. Managed to get picked for a police search at the rest area we stopped in (some sort of blitz going on), and was practically anally raped whilst the nice german officer searched for my drug stash. Much to both of our dismay, I didn't actually have any.

Day 8 - Breakfast beer in Bamberg, famed for their Rauchbier, and back to Berlin by nightfall for a well earned sleep in a bed that is slightly bigger than our entire car.

It was a fun trip, and Fiddy did the job oozing with style. After clocking up 2,895 km's he's now parked around the corner, enjoying a bit of a rest whilst we set-up shop in our newly attained apartment. 6 weeks in Berlin doesn't seem nearly enough, with plenty to do and see, but we'll do our best to jam it all in.

Bis bald!
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