Sunday, 11 September 2011

SDP on tour ... the Maritime Alps

The southwestern part of the Alps are called the Maritime Alps (Alpes-Maritimes). In this part of the world dramatic mountains plunge towards the sea. In yesterday's photo you can see the dramatic setting of Menton at the foot of the mountains, lapped by the sea.

They are heavily incised with deep valleys, and lots of gorgeous hilltop towns, such as Gorbio and Roquebrune.

I never cease to be amazed at the engineering ingenuity which allows the construction of these autoroutes in the sky, high above the passes of the Alps.

There's lots of great walking up there too.

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