We went to Marseille city centre for brunch by the sea. The city is quite standard – quite run down in places, in fact – but when we reached the area by the marina it all changes again. Helped by the baking hot, Mediterranean sun, this bit of town was very enjoyable to look at, even if it was just for half an hour. But that’s one of the joys of this trip – one morning you can be taking a quick walk along the marina in Marseille and the same evening you can be strolling along the beach in
After a late night last night, it was time for a lie in this morning and also the maps needed updating on my phone for navigation – the memory card was full of pictures and other maps so that France and the other remaining countries could be put on there. These needed downloading, so it meant a relaxing morning in the hotel bar, before setting off at lunchtime on what would be a spectacular journey. Lots to see whilst on the road, judging by the number of pictures we’ve taken today. The fastest route, as decided by the newly updated
I’ve wanted to visit Switzerland for a long time – it’s always held a certain mystery for me. In the middle of the European continent, but not part of the EU at all; several official languages, mainly depending on which bit of the country you’re in; and always known as a neutral country – does this show in how things are done? Chur (in the far east hand side of the country) seemed to be virtually closed on Sundays, so after finding somewhere that sold vignettes we started our long motorway drive to Geneva, in the far south-west. The Swiss
Well into the mountains now, the first trip of the day was south to Italy and to the resort town of Bolzano / Bozen. Again, the drive itself was great as it involves lots of twists and turns as the Autobahn – and then the Autopista – worked its way through the mountains of the Tyrol region. On the way we had to travel through Germany again – so what I thought was my last trip into the country a few days ago actually wasn’t – it’s so geographically central, I can see why it’s got involved in many of
We spent the day exploring everything Salzburg has to offer. The city is set into the mountains and it’s easy to see why it became the inspiration for so many musicians, artists and of course those hills were very much alive in The Sound Of Music. The weather wasn’t too great, but there is so much to see it doesn’t matter. We took a boat trip up the river, going nice and slow through the city so you can see the old and new parts of the area, then the boat speeds along into the mountains, to drop everyone off
Went to Vienna city centre for a few hours and basked in the baking hot sunshine. This is a very historic city and seems to have two big bits to its history – religion and the arts, particularly music of course. They certainly build things big over here – the cathedrals, the musems, even the parliament building is massive – I’ve never seen anything like it before. Also there are loads of parks and gardens. I think they have a lot of pride in their city. The whole flavour of the place was of course captured in that famous song.