... sounds familiar, but it's not the Illawarra - it's a 300km drive
16.11.2009 - 16.11.2009 18 °C
Today was really all about getting from Italy's lake district to Nice in France.
Breakfast at the hotel and then off - Cathy wanted to do more of a walk we did part of yesterday - I'll include the official spiel to help describe it:
- Greenway del lago di Como
A wonderful walk along Lake Como from Colonno to Cadenabbia. Discover villas, gardens
Roman findings, quaint villages, restaurants, old Italian architecture, and expansive views.
The whole Greenway is 10.5 km. We have done it in three sections, doing a round trip on each section.
Although much of the walk is on flat ground, be aware that there are some parts that go up the hill
from the lake that are fairly steep.
I dropped her off at Bolvedro and helped her find the path as it headed away from the lake shore up the hill into the village. Then I drove onto Lenno to find the track again and wait for her. Fifty minutes and a cappuccino later (had to fill in my time somehow) - a hot Cathy turned up after a walk up and down some steep paths. Unfortunately the views weren't at their best because once again a heavy haze was in place (in fact we put up with this haze all the way to the coast).
Then it was time to drive - 300km, with over 250km of it via autostrada - so we covered the ground fairly quickly and got to San Remo around about lunchtime. San Remo can best be described as a resort town - the focus is on the beach (reasonable) and boating (some magnificent & huge cruisers in the marina). We had a walk along the corso enjoying a beautiful slightly overcast but warm day and even had an old lady offer to take our photo for us. Not sure how the photo turned out because her hands were shaking quite a bit - bit we told her it came out well.
I dropped Cathy & the bags at the station and headed off to find the rental car agency to return the car. I overshot it but with help from the man at a garage found it on my way back. Then i had a 1.6km walk back to join Cathy at the station.
We got the train from San Remo to Vertimiglia (on the border) and then changed onto a French train for the trip into Nice (via Monaco). No real problem except for stairs at Ventimiglia and Nice and me having to lug 2 heavy suitcases.
Our hotel is only a block from the station in Nice, so was easy to get to. This time we have gone a little down market - small room, slightly run down, rough around the edges hotel in a noisy neighbourhood. But it suits our transport needs being close to the station (where I also pick up our next car) and there are heaps of restaurants nearby.