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France to Italy
Saturday June 25, 2011
Saturday we took a taxi ride to the airport to get a rental car for our trip to Turin, Italy. That of course is never fun. Waited in line for 1 1/2 hours. So they only rent stick shift cars which is okay but we had a few laughs. I certainly sent my prayers to God over and over again to keep us safe. Mark wanted the windows down, it made him feel more connected to the road when we started out but then about an hour out from the airport we realized the air did not work. Now that would not have mattered the last two weeks of our trip but today it was sunny and hot! Mark said we would just have to deal with it. I did not agree with that. We were going to have the car for four days!
Anyway we drove through some beautiful scenic areas. Now if I was with a girlfriend we would have stopped a million times to take some awesome pictures. Not with Mark but mainly because he was adjusting to driving in France and not very comfortable with the heat! We even saw fields of sunflowers, one of my favorites but no we didn't stop. (We had that conversation over a pizza tonight and he said I just had to ask. Well I know what I would have heard if I asked!) Anyway it was hot and exhausting with the windows down. I did not like that at all. Not fun but definitely it was beautiful. So these pictures were taken from the car while we were driving. Actually I was surprised how good they came out.
We had decided to drive to Lyon that day. It was about half way to Turin, Italy. I did some internet searching the night before and found a hotel in Lyon. Turned out to be pretty nice, old but very charming with a nice view. Lyon is beautiful. We will leave in the morning. Had a nice dinner with wine. Had a few moments of not so much fun conversation about the drive and the fact that the air was out in the car. I also dripped chocolate all over my blouse! We also went for a walk after dinner by the river in town.
Drive from Lyon,France to Turin, Italy
Sunday June 26, 2011
Well we ended up changing our car in Lyon,France because of the air not working so we didn't leave as early as we should have but it was definitely worth the wait. We were able to go to the train station to do that. So much better driving with air! The ride was beautiful with hills, the alps and charming villages along the way. Mark did stop so I got some awesome photos along with the sunflower fields.
There were so many little winery places so the vineyards were pretty. There are churches in every town. Driving through the tunnels was really different. Many tolls and expensive ones. I bet we spent over $100. in tolls. Had some fun things happen like not being able to use our credit card at the toll booth thing. Someone was behind us and helped us speak to the lady on the speaker. Then he came back and told us to back up and go to another gate and she would help us.
We had a few times on the drive where we thought we made a wrong turn and turned out were didn't. Mark was so angry one time going on and on about it and then suddenly we saw our connection. We had a good laugh about that one.
It was a great adventure!!!