Francie Stoutamire Photography | A Drive Along Country Roads from Grenoble to Nice
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Our tour was called "Country Roads of France". After a beautiful start to the day in Grenoble we traveled on two lane roads through a gorgeous rural part of southeastern France. Our driver was awesome!
We finished the day by checking into a two night stay at our hotel right on the Mediterranean in Nice, with a great view of the deep blue waters of the Cote d’Azur. This coastline was one of the first modern resort areas. It began as a winter health resort for the British upper class at the end of the 18th century. With the arrival of the railway in the mid-19th century, it became the playground and vacation spot of British, Russian, and other aristocrats, such as Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. After World War II, it became a popular tourist destination and convention site.

View to the south from near our hotel along the Boulevard Maréchal Joffre, Grenoble, France.

View to the south from near our hotel along the Boulevard Maréchal Joffre, Grenoble, France.

Landscape south of Grenoble, France.

Landscape south of Grenoble, France.

Railroad bridge south of Grenoble, France.

Railroad bridge south of Grenoble, France.

Clelles, France.

Clelles, France.

Percy, France. Steeple is L'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Percy, France.  Steeple is L'église Saint-Jean-Baptiste.

Small store at the Col de la Croix-Haute (el. 1179 m.) which is a high mountain pass in the French Dauphiné Alps on the border of the Isère and Drôme departments.

Small store at the Col de la Croix-Haute (el. 1179 m.) which is a high mountain pass in the French Dauphiné Alps on the border of the Isère and Drôme departments.

Landscape in the vicinity of the Col de la Croix-Haute, France.

Landscape in the vicinity of the Col de la Croix-Haute, France.

Small fortification/watch tower where the Rue Pierre Lombard and Le Grand Buech stream squeeze through a narrow mountain gap at La Rochette, Savoie, France.

Small fortification/watch tower where the Rue Pierre Lombard and Le Grand Buech stream squeeze through a narrow mountain gap at La Rochette, Savoie, France.

Fruit trees just north of Eyguians, France. Covering is protection from hail.

Fruit trees just north of Eyguians, France.  Covering is protection from hail.

Landscape view near Servoules, France.

Landscape view near Servoules, France.

Front face of the Montagne de Gache located northeast of Sisteron.

Front face of the Montagne de Gache located northeast of Sisteron.

Looking south at the Citadelle de Sisteron which guards a gap in the mountains where the Durance River flows from the Dauphiné into the Provence.

Looking south at the Citadelle de Sisteron which guards a gap in the mountains where the Durance River flows from the Dauphiné into the Provence.

Closer view Looking north at the Citadelle de Sisteron.

Closer view Looking north at the Citadelle de Sisteron.

Landscape view Looking north at the Citadelle de Sisteron.

Landscape view Looking north at the Citadelle de Sisteron.

Street view in Digne-les-Bains where we stopped for lunch.

Street view in Digne-les-Bains where we stopped for lunch.

Monument to those who died for France during World Wars I and II and Indochina in Digne-les-Bains.

Monument to those who died for France during World Wars I and II and Indochina in Digne-les-Bains.

Looking south along the shore of Lac de Castillon near Saint-Julien-du-Verdon.

Looking south along the shore of Lac de Castillon near Saint-Julien-du-Verdon.

Looking north along the shore of Lac de Castillon near Saint-Julien-du-Verdon.

Looking north along the shore of Lac de Castillon near Saint-Julien-du-Verdon.

The road between Saint-Julien-du-Verdon and Les Scaffarels was narrow, winding, and steep.

The road between Saint-Julien-du-Verdon and Les Scaffarels was narrow, winding, and steep.

Watch tower overlooking the Le Var River and the town of Entrevaux.

Watch tower overlooking the Le Var River and the town of Entrevaux.