02.10.2015 - 03.10.2014
After the excitement of our day in Venice we decided to get some pizza at the campsite, get the boys ready for bed, and drive a decent leg toward France while they were asleep. We drove until 12:30am and pulled into a free camping spot in "Volpedo" that we found in our "Camperstop Europe" book. This book is absolutely brilliant and is packed full of brilliant places to stay for free or for a very low fee. I only wish we had it at the beginning of our trip as it would have saved a lot of money on campsites and a lot of time trying to find them! There is a HUGE range of accommodation options, from farms, to vineyards, to pubic places, to camper only places. One we figured out how to use it it gave us enormous independence and confidence to travel off the beaten track. Not having to check into a campsite before a certain time makes things a lot easier when you are trying to travel at night and explore by day, which we could not have done this without the book.
As described in "Camperstop", our site was very isolated without any facilities whatsoever. It felt great to be away from it all and in our own discovered place and we were rewarded with the most incredible sky of stars which we could see out of our roof light before going to sleep. When we woke we all had a stretch outside and marveled at our rural possie and got back on the road, France bound!
Another long stretch of driving awaited us but we took turns and the daylight views made it much easier. We stopped for a quick lunch just past Genoa and eventually passed into France at around 7pm. We were delighted to be here, the journey over the past few days had been exhausting and it felt like we had reached a real milestone. We stocked up on supplies at a supermarket which was SO much cheaper than Italy, as was fuel at 1.50EUR/L vs 1.80EUR/L!! We found a campsite listed in the book in Sospel and drove from the coast 20km inland up some crazy steep, hairpin turns. We were guided to the camping spot by some locals and were over the moon to find HUGE private, grassy pitches on a free site!
To celebrate being in France we had croissants for breakfast and with the light, could really appreciate our amazing spot.
We cycled into the local town and spent the day exploring this breathtaking little gem of a town which had a gorgeous arch bridge traversing the river below and with cobbled streets on either side.
We happened to be in town on the same day as a ferrarri rally which was a thrill for the boys!
We could not resist a selection of pastries which we feasted before returning to the van. Jeremy and Mylo took a detour via a skatepark while I packed up and Felix played in the leaves. We were on the road by 12.30 and headed towards Monaco.