Provence & French Alps by Motorbike ~ Romancing Italy

Jun 8, 2009

Provence & French Alps by Motorbike

This post, and the next few are highlights of a quick trip to the other side of the Italian border. Living so close to two borders (Swiss and French) certainly has its advantages! We chose the road as we went along but in the end, the route turned out to be a huge circle 8.

The only plan was to keep off the freeways as much as possible, something that was unavoidable coming toward Torino. In France, we discovered that the colors depicting the freeways and normal roads are reversed. When we followed the blue signs for the "normal" surface road we wanted, further along toll booths would loom up and we would have to turn back. Making U-turns across a double line is legal, right?

It was the weekend for bikers. When we holed up in Barcelonette on the way back home, this was the covered parking in the evening...

(an almost identical BMW R 1200 GS Adventure came to rest beside ours)

...and in the morning

These photos were taken at the Hotel Azteca which is an old Mexican style Villa built in 1888 and also a member of a motorcycle club. It is a short distance off of the square which makes it a quiet place and safer for entering and exiting with your bike. The gate and front door are locked at 9pm and can be opened with the code given at check-in.


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