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Riding High in the Alps

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The road from Venice back to Cannes took us high into the Alps above Turin. The mountain views in this part of the world are absolutely breathtaking...

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Our lunch stop was in the small mountain city of Pinerole - This part of Italy used to be French and during the reign of King Louis X1V (the Sun King), in the mid 1600s the prison in Pinerole was the first place of incarceration of the prisoner known only as 'The Man in the Iron Mask.' This is one of the city gates through which the famous masked prisoner would have been led on his way into the prison...

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We took the high road through the Alps from Pinerole to the ancient French Citadel of Briancon, the highest city in France, and had some spectacular views of mountain villages along the way...

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And then we arrived at the Citadel of Briancon...

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This fortified city was a Roman stronghold 2000 years ago but the present castle was built in the 17th century to protect the trade route from Venice to Grenoble. Only 1100 people live her today so its streets were quiet...

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We had time to smell the roses...

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And to admire the beautiful architectural features of this little Alpine gem...

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Posted by Hawkson 09:53 Archived in Italy

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