So... I think i attached a few pics to this message. First time I had a go at it so apologies if they're a bit crappy. And apologies also for my gurning face in most of them
- the better half was wielding the camera most the time!
Our route from Calais was motorways all the way (and tolls!
), Reims/Dijon/Bourg-en-bresse/Geneva (overnighted in Annemasse, good little Campanile there) - then on in the morning up to Mont Blanc, through the tunnel (31Euro), down the Val d'Aosta towards Alessandria, then east towards Parma, Modena and Bologna. Drew admiring glances at our lunch stop near Modena, had to giggle at a british Ferrari 430 overheating and spewing much liquid in the car-park (and drawing much unwanted attention for the irate owner!). We then headed south, past Florence and Siena and arrived about 6pm at our first destination. On the way home we took the coast motorway past Pisa, viaReggio and Genova. That is one mad and stunning road. 101 tunnels to zip through on the way to Genova!! We stayed near Alessandria that first night then decided to go up over the St Bernard pass the next morning. Incredible! Loads more miles and an extra 3 hours on our journey but worth every second. La Thuile looks so pretty in summertime - we made a mental note to include it on our next ski trip! As we got near the top about 6 insane bikers roared past us, safely but crazily, on the hairpins and brief straights. We got a few thumbs-up for giving them space and a wave! We headed down into france, through Annecy and back up to join the motorway all the way to Calais. Stopped in Chalons-en-Champagne to rst. Seemed a bit of a dump to me??
So - 3300 miles in total. About 600 miles spent zipping around those gorgeous Tuscan roads, roof down, whilst we were there - and the Spider never missed a beat. Used a couple of litres of oil, and I think we got about 32 mpg off the whole trip. Not great, but not too frightening. And fuel on the continent seems to have about caught up with us now pricewise. The whole journey was a blast - so stress-free compared to our gridlocked roads, we just went as easy or as mad as we pleased. (Though couldn't compete with a 911 GT3 and a Maserati 3200GT racing at about 140mph on the way home!). Would recommend it to anyone who hasn't done it yet. You know it makes sense!!!