Italy, France 2014 trip

I just got back from first road trip with my girlfriend. I am full of experiences and ton of photos in my camera waiting to be sorted.

We had following places on our list which we wanted to see:


  • Lago di Garda
  • Verona
  • Milan
  • Genova
  • Noli
  • Bergamo
  • Torino – we skipped it afterall
  • Serio Falls (Valbondione)

France (Provence)

  • Menton
  • Monte Carlo – just passing through
  • Nice
  • Cannes
  • Marseille
  • Camarque (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer)
  • Avignon
  • Les Gorges du Verdon

Google Maps:

Day1, August 23 – arrival

We left Prague in about 10AM. Managed to get through traffic jams in Munich, Germany and Brenner, Austria – this was worst jam I ever experienced. This 50km section took us about 3hours! Funny thing, when we were returning to CZE it took us about 30mins… We arrived to Bolzano in the evening and after few trials we found a hotel. First hotel (hotel Ariston) was full but the guy was really helpful – even when he was mixing English, German and Italian we understood each other just fine 🙂 He gave us a map and marked some other hotels we can try. Thanks!

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I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains!

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View from Raffl hotel in Bolzano. We left the city few minutes after these shots were taken

Aug 24 – Lago di Garda

On our way to the lake we got our left car wheel punctured by nail in city Rovereto. Little background – there was a guy on scooter at the traffic light, waving hands on us and speaking in Italian. We understood he is signaling something is wrong with the car. Then we discovered he was right. We took the bags out of the trunk only to discover we have spare wheel but no tools to actually change it 🙁 I immediately went to nearby car with some people from Germany (one of them spoke English) and explained the situation. The guy helped us change the wheel – thanks man!

We found nice standpoint from which you can see the north part of the lake. We parked at nearby snack bar and needed to use bathroom. To our surprise they had turkish toilets 🙂 Little unexpected in this part of Europe. We parked in one of parking lots in between hotels and went to check out the beach. Windsurfing is common here. One boy was trying to get on the board but failed pretty often and got wet every moment we were there. Other older (and more experienced) guy was just passing him smiling. There was small plaza in front of church with photo exhibition.

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Our five star hotel with view on the lake

We stayed at the Azzurro camp, just 30 meters from the lake. Funny thing – one the right side from our tent was a couple from Czech Republic. Small world 🙂

The water was kinda cold, as you would expect. We jumped into it anyway. We also saw a boat drink delivery service – the captain was signaling with the horn that he is getting closer. One kid was late and arrived just when the boat was leaving – the guy threw few candies in the water and the kid jumped for them immediately 🙂


Hey buddy

Aug 25 – Verona

After situation in Rovereto we found that the trunk lock got stucked by piece of plastic from the bag, so we cannot open the trunk! Oh boy… About 2kilometers before Verona we stopped at repair shop. At first they were not able to understand, I don’t blame them – car with broken wheel which needs fixing but first you need to fix the trunk to actually get it – that is not happening every day 😀 They cut the plastic piece in the locker and patched the tire. Pheww. I really hope this is last issue and we will not experience anything worse. C’mon, second day and already having enough adrenaline 🙂


Basilica di San Zeno

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Einaudi poster – big fan of his work!

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Arco della Costa, whale rib – it has been hanging there for 1000 years. The legend is that it will fall only when someone walks under it who has never told a lie.

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Palazzo Giusti

Camp: BellaItalia

Aug 26 – Milano

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Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione, Arco della Pace


Skilled guy making animal figures from carrots. Very nice


Duomo di Milano, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Aug 27 – Genova, Noli beach

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Arco della Vittoria, Scalinata delle Tre Caravelle

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Porto Antico, Galeone Neptune

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Acquario di Genova


Piazza De Ferrari


Hotel: Bel Soggiorno

Noli beach – no photo was so interesting to be published. Sorry 🙂


Aug 28 – Menton & Nice, France



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Massena square

Aug 29 – Cannes

Big yachts, big ships and hot weather…what else you expected?

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Norwegian Epic Cruise Ship

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View from Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Espérance

Aug 30 – Marseille



Consulat de la République Tchèque – can’t catch a break!

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Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

Aug 31 – Camarque (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer)

Welcome to different world – place full of bulls, white horses, hot weather, sandy beaches and flamingos in the wild!

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Great flamingos

Camp: Saint-Étienne-du-Grès

Sep 1 – Avignon

Strong wind was blowing for the whole day, I was barely able to hold my camera steady.

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Pont Saint-Bénézet

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Palais des Papes

Sep 2 – Gorges du Verdon

Welcome to most beautiful canyon in Europe! And also the place with most dangerous roads, but they are not mentioning that 🙂

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Lake of Sainte-Croix

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Sep 3 – Serio Falls (Valbondione), Italy

We arrived to Valbondione in about 7PM, but were struggling to find place to sleep – every hotel or camp was either closed or full. We left the village after 2hours. We (sadly) didn’t see the waterfall. Maybe next time!


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Sep 4 – Bergamo, last stop

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Città Alta

Hotel: San Giorgio


  • Days: 13
  • Total kilometers: 3600km
  • Total money spent: about 1100 € (total for 2 people)
  • Photos taken: 1476 (DSLR only), more than 4000 in total
  • Hotels: 3
  • Camps: 9
  • Punctured car wheels: 1
  • Broken trunks: 1