Fistfulls of Euros
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Leaving Barcelona we pass through countryside with lots more vineyards. Terracing on hill filled with grape vines. Cross many canals with long boats. Throw fistfulls of Euros at the pay stations on the motorways. The town of Arles has a population of about 50,000 and as we cross the Rhone the ancient part of the town is reflected in the afternoon sun, all in a uniformly greyish stone. This ancient city has Roman occupation in it's history and a magnificent arena still is evident along with some Roman baths and churches from a later period.
There are glimpses of the sea on the crowded autopistas. Find a rustic and cheap caravan park costing only 15 euros. Fixed the 3rd puncture in the air matress but have bought some banana lounge matresses which we might try out tonight.
Next day we make our way along the Cote d'Azur through Nice, Cannes and Antibes. It is blowing a gale though the sun is out and at a beach front cafe where we stop for coffee a topless woman sunbather is hanging on to her banana lounge chair grimly. Up through the mountains through a series of tunnels. There are spectacular glimpses of sea when we are breifly out of them. Towns cling to the steep sides that drop down to the sea and terraced vinyards fill up every inch of space. Soon at the Italian border where again we are not required to stop.
Skirt around Genova and miss Portofino. Tunnels are now up to 2 kms long. At 5pm we find a small camping ground where I make a potato and bacon soup. The backdrop has tall craggy mountains with white patches on them. Learn later that it is marble and it was from this district that the piece of marble that Leonardo da Vinci used for his David came from.