The Audi S5 Convertible just outside Les Baux de Provence, France . The perfect choise for a road trip

Our top ten epic road trip moments – So far

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Why it’s all worthwhile

A couple of weeks ago I posted ‘Our Epic Road Trip Failures‘. After writing that post I thought “yeah, but what about the real magic moments”, and there have been plenty. Again I tried to limit myself to 10, so here they are again in reverse order.

10

Arriving in Segovia

The aqueduct was one of the reasons we chose Segovia as a destination for our 2016 Spanish Road trip. However, nothing prepares you for the moment you arrive in Segovia and see this inspiring feat of Roman engineering.

A sight as you enter the city, Segovia, Spain

9

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

Okay, my slightly sadistic side comes out here – who would enjoy driving around France’s capital. Mastering the ‘interesting’ roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe, before heading down the Champs-Élysées and arriving at the Place de la Concorde is fantastic, as is the totally amazing city – Oh, Joie de vivre

Parked by the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France

8

Monaco – The Grand Prix Circuit

Since a small child, I have enjoyed watching Grand Prix cars blast around Monaco; This glamorous Principality is a haven for the rich & famous. So when in the South of France the chance to drive the circuit, albeit in its road form is one not to be missed. From the sweeping hairpins to ‘The Tunnel’. It is well known the police on Monte Carlo take a dim view on speeding, so with this in mind a blast through the tunnel is limited to first, and a light touch in second – Childish, but enjoyable.

This statue to Jaun Manuel Fangio stands next to the last corner of the Monaco circuit

7

Monument Valley, USA

So this made it onto our ‘Our epic road trip failures‘, and yes it was a touch hairy, but the landscape is remarkable. That 17 mile route around the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, is truly magnificent. It is where you can see millions of years of natural shaping of the earth. Breath-taking.

The view over Monument Valley, USA

6

Provence, France

Driving through Provence, in the south of France, is an assault on the senses – especially around Les Baux-de-Provence. There’s the great landscape, the wonderful aroma of cedar, juniper & cypress and the chorus of birdsong (one reason to mute your road trip soundtrack!) – Take me back.

The Audi S5 Convertible just outside Les Baux de Provence, France

5

Highway One – West Coast, U.S.A.

For anyone who loves driving this has to be on your bucket list. Not only is it a fantastic road to drive, but it links some pretty amazing places together. This was our 2006 West Coast tour, and my chosen vehicle was the extravagant Hummer H2. We started in San Francisco, before heading south to L.A. A genuinely fantastic route.

The view along the Highway One, on the West Coast of the U.S.A

4

Hoover Dam, USA

Since our last visit in 2006 it’s now possible to bypass the Hoover Dam entirely – but why would you? This marvel of engineering, with elegant Art Deco styling elements, is not to be missed. It has to be one of the wonders of the modern world. (Oh, and you can do the time travel trick between Mountain Standard Time & Pacific Daylight Time: Forward one hour – back one hour)

The Hoover Dam, USA

3

Corniche d’Or, Cote d’Azur

With the sun beating on your face, cruising the coastal road between Saint Tropez & Cannes is amazing – but it comes into its own as you hit the Corniche D’Or where you have the topaz blue waters on one side, and the dust-red rocks on the other. The road nicely flicks as it follows the intricate shoreline – Does it get any better?

The wonderful Corniche d'Or on the Cote d'Azur, France

2

Lions in Etosha, Namibia

Trying to pick one from Namibia was always going to be difficult. Three weeks on a truly epic road trip, and I have chosen the moment we came across a pride of lions escaping the African sun.

A pride of resting lions, Etosha, Namibia

1

Lake Como, Italy

I put this at number one because it made me feel just a little like James Bond. Okay, so the opening sequence of Quantum of Solace was filmed along Lake Garda, but on Lake Como, you pass Villa del Balbianello, where Bond convalesces in Casino Royale, and further up the western shore you come across Villa Gaeta Terrazzo – the home of Mr White in the same movie.

The fantastic road between, Lierna & Olico, as seen from the Lake.

As some may have noticed, there are none from the UK. It’s not that we don’t have some awesome routes, oh we do. However, most of ours were before the year 2000, and are pre-digital. So guess what? I’m going to rediscover them, and the ones I missed. Look out for that post sometime in the future.

Have You

Been on an excellent road trip – what’s your greatest highlight? What’s been the biggest surprise? We have plenty more road trips planned – what’s on your bucket list?

About the Author

Gary

Gary, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born and raised in London. An IT guy who likes to takes snaps. Along with Janis his partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, over a Sherry in Seville, they decided that enough was enough with suits. The decision was made to take their knowledge and experience to create a blog to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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