There are not many routes to Italy. The coast is busy, the next pass inland, Tende, carries heavy traffic and the next one is a ski resort. So, even though I forgot to pack skis, Isola is where I cross.
The countryside route out of Provence is delightful and packed with sleepy villages, small hills offering sweeping views and empty roads
Into the Alpes-Maritimes
Gorge du Cians
I started this in the evening and camped up on a bypassed section of the old route. Pitched the tent at dusk. As night fell the fireflies turned on the most amazing light show I’ve ever seen. Trees and bushes around were twinkling with thousands of tiny pulsing lights. Quite often a fly would silently and gently float by right under my nose. Magical.