Back to Australia Through France and Italy
Backpacking through France and Italy on the way to board a ship in Naples to take me back to Australia was an exciting month long journey in 1953 from enjoying the delights of Paris to sun baking and swimming in the fabulous resorts of Nice and Cannes on the Cot d′ Azure, then down through Italy to Pisa, Rome and Naples where I visited historic Pompeii and the beautiful Isle of Capri More
This book Back to Australia Through France and Italy, the seventh in a series of books, brings to an end the publishing of my book Aussie Backpacking Abroad The Beginning 1951-1953 on Smashwords. It tells of my exciting, backpacking journey, through France and Italy to join the Orion in Naples to take me back home to Aussieland in 1953. The major cities and towns I visited were Rouen, Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Cannes, Nice, Monti Carlo, Bordighera Lerici, Pisa, Rome, Naples and Capri. Once again I stayed in the wonderful, hospitable, chain of Youth Hostels located in all of those towns and cities except Monte Carlo. I landed in Dieppe from the ferry and hitch hiked to Rouen and Paris. It was wonderful to spend a few days in Paris visiting all the fantastic sights that Paris is famous for and I came away with the thought that Paris is the most beautiful of all the capital cities, I had visited on my tours. Leaving Paris I hitch hiked to Lyon and Grenoble and was thrilled to be back in the high alps. I took a coach from Grenoble to Cannes along the spectacular Rue Napoleon, through the Maritime Alps as I imagined that hitchhiking along this main highway would not have been a sure way to arrive when I planned to in Cannes, and it allowed me to enjoy the spectacular scenery from the large windows of the coach in a relaxed manner. It was fantastic to be in fabulous Cannes, where I lazed on its beaches and swam in the warm, blue, Mediterranean, before moving east along the coast to Nice another of the famous resorts on the Cote d′Azure. I found that Nice in many respects, was much more elegant than Cannes. I met an English, Spanish flamenco dancer, in Nice on the beach and for three idyllic days we had a mini-romance, which I have never forgotten to this day. On this journey I was not on a strict daily budget as on my other tours. I decided to purchase a train ticket at a very reasonable price, from Nice to take me all the way to Naples, a ticket that allowed me to get on and off the train, where and when I pleased. This ensured that I would have no trouble arriving in Naples to board the Orion on 28th September. As it turned out, it could not have been a better way to travel for the last stage of my journey abroad. Moving on from Nice in the train I stopped off at Monte Carlo, where I had a good look around this fabulous, Principality of Monaco and spent a couple of hours in the world famous casino. Leaving Monte Carlo I crossed into Italy at Bordigera where I was told not to miss visiting the Lerici Youth Hostel in an old historic castle in the delightful, small, fishing village. I had a wonderful time dancing and singing each night after the evening meal. Then it was back on the train to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower, but other than that marvellous attraction, Pisa left me cold. Back in the train to Rome and St Peter’s Cathedral, the Vatican and the Colosseum were all well worth seeing and perhaps if I had been a Catholic I would have stayed there much longer than two days. However Italy for me was at its historic and scenic best when I reached Naples and visited the remarkable, historic, ruins of Pompeii. Still with two days to spare before I boarded the Orion I took a boat trip across from Naples to the Isle of Capri, certainly a wonderful, scenic, highlight of this my last tour abroad.
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