A slice of Italy
Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
28Trip End Sep 11, 2010
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We walked out into Lyon on 23 April to explore the night life. There were people everywhere, quite a nice atmosphere. We found ourselves a burger place that the Lonely Planet guide recommended for the budget conscious types. After a burger and a beer we settled in for a good sleep at a hostel.
In the morning, 24 April, we checked out some Roman ruins and a big church behind the hostel before decamping for the southern end of France.
Two of the biggest annoyances of driving on the motor ways over here, are; the tolls and there is no where to turn off to go explore and get a few happy snaps of the surrounds
We stopped in at Marseilles to check out the local surrounds. There were lots of nice boats in the harbour. It doesn't take long though, once you walk outside the ritzy touristy areas for the demographic to change to close quarter cheaper living.
We set off from Marseilles and camped at Cannes for the night. Apart from the rain and realising bottles of wine over here still use corks, Cannes was really nice. Cannes reminds me of the Sunny Coast in Queensland.
It was still wet in the morning so we didn't explore Cannes, but we still drove through and headed to Monaco to check out the big boats and fast cars. Monaco didn't disappoint. It was a bit difficult to walk around as the city was setting up for the Monaco F1 GP in a few weeks time. I got to see the grandstands and the track work being put down. I'll be in the middle of Croatia when the GP is on... damn... There were big boats and fast cars. We ended up strolling past a Ferrari workshop and dealership.... very nice cars. Oh... and our burger and chips came with potato chips... the ones from a packet..
After crossing the Italian border the landscape changed immediately. Each coastal town is built within deep valleys surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. Very nice. Anway we ended up making it to Genoa, Italy for the night. One piece of advice.... Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever try and drive through a large Italian city. After entrusting the GPS with our guidance we ended up in the city. It took 2 hours to drive out of that schmozzle. What a show. From tiny winding streets with hairpin corners to absolute gridlock it was a crazy experience. I admire the bus drivers over there. They are absolutely insane. The way they throw their buses around those streets... crazy.
We ended up staying at a hostel. Lucky they had parking. The Italians park almost as bad as the French. After a 5 minute debrief as to where not to venture in the town centre, the backpackers gave us a bus ticket and told us to go into city for a cheap meal. We missed our first bus top... A few hand gestures and broken english with the locals saw us back on a bus to the city. Found a cheap Italian restaurant; 2 course + wine 13 euro. Enroute back to the bus stop, Crippsy got propositioned 2x by some lovely ladies for a real special night. Anyway we made it back to hostel, but again headed in the wrong direction and then went passed our stop again.
On 24 April, we drove out of Genoa. It wasn't as harrowing as the night before. Drove through the country side got to Cinque Terre and we walked 4 out of the 5 towns in the region. We walked for about 4 hours along the coast line
Anyway we're off to explore Pisa tomorrow and hopefully make it to Venice by night fall.