HIGHWAY? TO HELL!: THE ART OF AVOIDING TOLLS.

france-busking-music-reggaeI decided to reach the South of France driving exclusively on free-toll roads. This means of course more time on the road but also more fun and more cool things to see. Unlike in Germany or Holland, France’s highways require drivers to pay toll fees.

IMG_2866Driving only on national roads allowed me to save more than 60 euros and it didn’t really take more petrol. The surprising thing is that even on free road speed limits can be up to 110/130 km/h which reduces travel times, given one cleaverly chooses to avoid peak times and rush hours. When you are a musician it’s easy to do so: you mainly will have to drive on week days plus being allowed to wake up a bit later that the average commuter makes it easy to drive when there’s not too many people on the roads. The main reason why i go for the no-tolls option is not merely about timings or budget: by driving on regional roads i have the chance to really see the landscape and the small towns i go through.

IMG_2872 IMG_2870 IMG_2882 IMG_2885 IMG_2889Instead of having to concentrate on driving straight and athigh speed, i can slow down whenever i want and even stop for a picture or a cup of coffee, often in amazing spots where the only protagonist is the blue sky and the green fields of the French countryside.

IMG_2876 IMG_2878 Whenever i reach a small interesting place, whether it’s a car park in the middle of nowhere or a picturesque village, i have to stop, get off the car and take few pictures.

IMG_2875 The cool thing is when you bump into a local grocery store that sells cheap and delicious chocolate bread!

IMG_2893 IMG_2895 IMG_2896 Plus, on the highway you won’t have the chance to observe all those little details that make France such a unique destination!

IMG_2897 IMG_2898 IMG_2892 And don’t forget to stop and enjoy the sunset! IMG_2913 IMG_2915 IMG_2917

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