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After Italy and the wild Sunday night traffic around Milan, it was a joy to get off the motorways and onto the back roads again. Rather than returning through the Frejus Tunnel we headed into the mountains.

Into The mountains

Into The mountains

We drove over the Col De MontGenevre, 1854m, offering wild landscapes to watch as we passed. We kept stopping to let others overtake, since we wanted to take our time and enjoy the view as we passed under tunnels and covered roadways.

Mountain tunnels

Mountain tunnels, to protect the road from rockfalls

Towards the Col De Montgenevre

Towards the Col De Montgenevre

These days driving over European borders is a bit disappointing, just a bunch of French border police watching everyone passing. Checking lorries not cars, not even a passport. We dropped from 1850 back down the mountain to Briancon at a moderate 1300m. The sun was shining and the clear sky gave fantastic views as we stopped for lunch in the old town, near the lower fort. The waitress gave us the address of a hotel in the town, old and ramshakle but friendly and comfortable. Once installed there we had a stroll and a look around the town, an amazing place with fantastic views everywhere.

Briancon

Briancon, the old church and Serre Chevalier in the background

We of course stopped for coffee, why wouldn’t you when the world and weather is doing everything right for you.

Coffee on the ramparts

Coffee on the ramparts

Briancon from across the river

Briancon from across the river

After coffee Jane settled in to relax and I had a wider ranging stroll around, visited the Maison du Pac de Ecrin to buy maps and postcards. Getting information for a trip next year. I am planning to stay in the mountains using bivvies and refuges for a week. Should be good.

I walked down to the bridge that spans a gorge leading up to the higher of the forts. An imposing structure, built to guard the town and the mountain pass itself.

Pont D'Asfeld

Pont D'Asfeld

Fort Des Trois Tetes

Fort Des Trois Tetes

Just Scenery

Just Scenery

This was to be our last day of the trip, tomorrow we would be driving out of the mountains and onwards to our home in the Haute-Loire. Passing by La Mieje, a shade under 4000m. Next time I’ll be showing off the pictures and moving on away from the trip back into something resembling real life. But first, a few more images.

View from the ramparts of Briancon

View from the ramparts of Briancon

Briancon from Les Trois Tetes

Briancon from Les Trois Tetes

Fort Detail

Fort Detail

Rockfall

Rockfall

Briancon fortification detail

Briancon fortification detail

Scenery

Scenery

View over the Bridge

View over the Bridge, because I am always drawn to the edge.

Rock Formation

Rock Formation

Detail

Detail

Gorge view

Gorge view

Scenery

Scenery

Briancon Streets

Briancon Streets

Briancon Street Scene

Briancon Street Scene

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