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