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Old September 8th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #1
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2012 Summer Roadtrip: Lyon, Provence, Côte d'Azur, Milan and Frankfurt

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went on a roadtrip for 3 weeks with my girlfriend to France. During our holidays we decided to extend it with 2 citytrips on the way back to Holland. The weather was nice, only had like an hour of rain during the three weeks

On day 1 we drove from Heerenveen (Holland) to Lyon, France. We left at 6.00, arrived around 16.00. Our hotel was right on the Route du Soleil. A famous autoroute from North to South crossing Lyon. Mostly famous for it's traffic jams in the summer. I read on the website that the location was horrible for visiting the city, I didn't bother because we were just there to stay the night. That changed because we arrived way earlier than planned. I found out there was a busstop right next to the hotel, and it was only a 10 minute busride (€2) to the citycenter. Great deal if you ask me. The hotel was nice and affordable, quite new and very luxury. We were happily surprised. The hotel is: Campanile Hotel Lyon Sud / Oullins. Just €45 per night excluding breakfast via Booking.com.

Enough about that, on to the photos. We took the subway/metro to the Fourviere hill. I read something about it and it's supposed to be one of the main citysights in Lyon. It was pretty impressive and I told myself I'd go up there around blue hour to take some night shots of the city. So here you go:

1. The full view, a 5 image panorama

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LYON / RHÔNE ALPES by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

2. A close up

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LYON - CITYCENTER by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

3. Binoculars

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EYES ON LYON by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

I'm quite picky, which means that I only select my best photos and put those on Flickr. I took way more photos, but didn't process them. So my apologies if the photos I'm posting are a bit plain and the common views.

We only had a few hours in Lyon and I wanted to shoot some sights around the river Saône. It's one of the rivers that cuts through the city. The Rhône is the other river. Here's a shot from a bridge across the Saône river.

4. La Saône

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LA SAÔNE A NUIT by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

My girlfriend is amazing btw, it got pretty &%((*$( cold up that hill, and I didn't hear anything. She just enjoyed watching me take photo after photo haha. Anyway, so far the Lyon photos. Just a few shots to get an idea, I might post some more of Lyon later as 'left overs'.

On day 2 we left early, because we had to drive the route Napoléon. It was a pretty drive with nice scenery. We arrived on our campsite near the town of Castellane around 15.00. Our campsite was 11km's from Castellane, right in the canyon. The canyon is called 'Les gorges du Verdon'. It's much like the grand canyon, only smaller and greener. Basically a river (Verdon), that cut it's way through the mountains over millions of years. A very pretty sight!

Here's a photo of a small monastery located on top of a mountain next to the town of Castellane.

5. La chapelle du roc. The height is 184 meters. You can also hike towards it, it'll take you like 45 minutes. We didn't, because it was mostly way too hot to do so.

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LA CHAPELLE DU ROC by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

On one of our first days we wanted to see some sights in the region. We combined this with an afternoon in Cannes. I might post some Cannes photos later in the leftovers, I was not too fond of the photos I took.

6. A view on the river from the balcons of Mescla. Very touristic, nice scenic route to drive!

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LES BALCONS DE MESCLA - VIEW ON LES GORGES DU VERDON by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

7. A photo of the city of Grasse taken from the mountains. We had a great afternoon and night in Cannes and noticed the pretty sight while driving up to the mountains. Had to take a photo of this. Grasse is also called 'Perfume capital of the world'.

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GRASSE by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

8. On a certain day we went out to visit Nice. It was quite a long drive and we arrived on the hottest hour of the day (we should've left early). We climbed up the Chateau hill in the middle of the city, and that's basically all we did. It was 37 degrees celsius, not the ideal temperature to visit a city. So I didn't see much of the city, except for some panoramic views. Here's one of the vieux port of Nice.

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NICE - PORT by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

9. We also went out to visit Monaco. I visited Monaco back in 2008 and I just loved it. Very neat and organized. We parked the car right under the casino. Quite expensive! That's the only thing about Monaco, it's a very relaxing city, it's just that you spend so much on parking that there's barely any money left to do something else (I'm speaking for the average tourist obviously. I'm just a 20 year old student). Here's an overview photo of the port with it's enormous yachts. You can also see the Cruiseship the Noordam. It's part of the Holland-America line fleet (based in Rotterdam, Holland).

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PORT DE MONACO by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

10. Lots of exotique cars! You can see me in the reflection

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BENTLEY C. by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

11. After dinner I went out for some night shots. I personally think this panorama is a bit too large (you can't see much).

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MONTE CARLO - MONACO by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

More photos will be posted later. We also visited Saint Tropez by the way.. I just gotta say, that city/town is absolute garbage. I absolutely hated it. My mood was bad because of the 1,5 hour traffic jam to get there. There was absolutely nothing to see, too many tourist looking at each other etc. etc. Really not my thing. I'd recommend Cannes or Monaco if you're going for cars and celebs!

Please let me know what you think so far!
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Old September 9th, 2012, 12:13 AM   #2
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Very nice indeed! I like the combination of city and landscape.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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Very nice photos, you seem quite talented.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 09:46 AM   #4
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Old September 9th, 2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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Indeed very nice photos from your trip, Ni3lS; well done
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Old September 9th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #6
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Thanks guys
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Old September 9th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #7
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The next couple of photos are from Milan, Italy. I booked the hotel when I was in France, and didn't really look at the location. This resulted in quite a luxury hotel but way outside the city. We had to drive 15 minutes each day to the nearest subway station. In our case it was Bisceglie.

12. First photo I took on the first night in Milan, Il Duomo.

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IL DUOMO by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

13. Next day we went to the top of Il Duomo.

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MILANO by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

14. And another one..

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THE VIEW IS CHANGING... by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

15. And after that we visited the Torre Branca. A less famous observation tower in Milan. It sucks that it has windows/glass, so reflections ruin most of your photos.

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GARIBALDI by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr

After this we went out for dinner in Porta Genova, recommended by an Italian friend of mine who was with us for the day. (He lives in Monza).
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It's amazing how little you have to drive in Europe to get to a different country with a distinct culture and identity from yours. In the U.S., we are bordered by 2 countries - Canada and Mexico and for most part they're inefficient to reach by car. The proximity of all the countries of Europe to each other is incredible.

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Old September 9th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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Thanks! Yea I know what you mean, I've seen both sides. I used to live in Colorado, and I was told it's 6 times the size of the Netherlands. For a soccer match I had to drive 5 hours in the same state. Took me 6 hours to Utah. 6 hours here get's me to Paris or Denmark.
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Outstanding photos, great photo skills, I can't wait for more pictures of your travel in Europe!
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your photos are gorgeuos Ni3IS....thanks for sharing.
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Old September 11th, 2012, 04:50 PM   #12
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More Monaco...

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18. Lyon

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JUST ANOTHER BRIDGE... by NielsKristianPhotography, on Flickr
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Switzerland..

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I have already set your photos on my desktop as backgrounds, btw, on Flickr you have disabled the download but here this can be done, anyway, great tour of yours.
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I have already set your photos on my desktop as backgrounds, btw, on Flickr you have disabled the download but here this can be done, anyway, great tour of yours.
That's because people mostly tend to steal my work.. It's okay to use them as background but not for reuploading, publishing, sharing etc.
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21. One more from Monaco

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22. Monaco

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23. Lyon - Place Bellecour

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FRANKFURT

24. Hochviertel

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