We set off from our apartment in the hills near the Cinque Terre, at about 10am after I had had a couple of long, lazy hours. (With this view from my bed, I was in no hurry!)
View at breakfast.
We drove through Genoa, which looks an amazing place, with hundreds of painted apartment blocks all over the hills to the sea.
We carried on driving, with the scenery growing ever more mountainous, and me saying 'Look at the vineyards!' and 'Castle on hill!' rather frequently!
We had to keep the radio on and tuned into the Mont Blanc station as we drove through - they are pretty strict about the tunnel - minimum and maximum speeds, distance between cars, listening for any directions on the radio etc.
Being back in France, with the French signs etc, felt almost like being home, only with absolutely staggering scenery! Here's Tom in a lay-by area where we stopped for a quick break.
I'm sad that I can't capture the vastness of these Alpine mountain ranges, with the green foothills. It was brilliant just driving along and taking it all in. Back to the French/German/Austrian chalet style houses again - so different from the Italian.
Drove past this interesting building.
Our next apartment was the upper story of this Chalet, near Les Contamines!!
The English owner, who lives on the ground floor showed us round... Scott and Lucy enjoying the view from the balcony which ran along the front of our two bedrooms. (Needless to say we were dead excited again!)
View from the back entrance balcony, to the garden and meadow beyond.
After a while, we drove to the nearest town to get some food for tea, and tomorrow's breakfast - we were parked near these cool (and very typical) buildings! Scott and Jack went in the shop, while the rest of us waited out on the street, taking in the views. We killed ourselves laughing when Scott came back out, and realised that he had actually asked for 'rabbit' in the shop, instead of 'the bread'... ('Lapin', rather than 'Le pain'.) Serves him right for not learning his masculine and feminine!
There was a lovely shallow pool in it, and the kids found it was full of newts (plus a dead toad.) They had a great time exploring!