Driving in this part of France in the Maritime Alps is exciting, challenging and dangerous. Don't be distracted by the gorgeous, dramatic scenery. This is just a rather random clip and will give you some idea of the stunning beauty near Monaco, Nice, Antibes, Menton, Italy and the well-known casinos of Monte Carlo, the Cannes Film Festival, and so on.
The car is a Citroën Xsara, 2003 four-door model, manual transmission, and was not my choice of vehicle, but it's one of the ones I own and it's very reliable. It runs on diesel and is my second Citroën. My other, a ZX, is a '95 and is for sale. There's nothing wrong with it, I'm just tired of it! These cars go and go, with proper maintenance. It's parked out in Brittany. No reasonable offers refused. It will probably be donated to a non-profit organization if someone doesn't take it off my hands.
I rented a house in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin for a week, then an apartment in Tourrettes-sur-Loup for a week. I stayed in Tournon for a night on the way down from Paris, and on the return, stayed in Tournus for a night. The autoroutes (toll superhighways) are fast but boring. The trip can certainly be made in one day if you feel up to it.
Sainte-Agnes near here is Europe's highest seaside village. There are two dry seasons per year, so two Springs. It's a unique microclimate and tends to be warm if not hot and sunny. Frosts are very rare and citrus trees, olive trees, cacti, succulent plants and palm trees grow readily here.
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