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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Sospel June 5th 2016

Driving Nice. Nothing nice about this drive. It’s about driving dangerous roads near the city of Nice – in the south-east of France, near the Italian border and abutting the Mediterranean Sea– an area known as Cote d’Azur Over the last few days, warming up for today’s rally, we covered part of the Grand Corniche between Nice to Menton. That road constructed under Napoleon featured in at least two great movies; firstly in 1956 when Grace Kelly zoomed around in ‘To catch a Thief’, and later in 1995 in ‘Golden Eye’ when James Bond in some clapped out old Arthur Daley clanger chased a sexy looking Russian fighter pilot who drives a Ferrari. The Grand Corniche road is not for the feint hearted as it continued its notoriety claiming the life of Grace Kelly when her ... read more
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Europe » France » Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur » Sospel June 25th 2013

Just as in Les Saisies, I opted to descend into the valley for breakfast rather than fork out 10 euros for what admittedly would no doubt have been (and was later confirmed as) a delicious start to the day. Unlike Les Saisies, though, the morning was cool (14 degrees) as the valley was narrow and the sun hadn't yet cleared the ridge. Plus my legs were dead because of the lack of carbohydrates in last night's meal (note: pigeon is not a good recovery food!). But this time I knew the road, traffic was light (no cows or trucks), and even the air itself was magnificent - the uncharacteristic lack of cars/motorcycles no doubt contributing to that effect. Once back down to the valley floor I was enjoying the wonderful descent along the river when I ... read more

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