Category Archives: Motorway Photography

Road Trip: Slovenia

We have to drive through Slovenia everytime we go to Hungary and I must say, it is like little Switzerland, on-Hills, instead of mountains.

It is the wealthiest country among all the six which used to comprise Yugoslavia (with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia) until its breakup that started in 1989.

And because our Hungarian nest is near the border, I look forward to discovering more of its secrets!

Driving the Italian motorway: The skyscraping church belfry scenery

I’m back from a long hiatus!

Well..only from “blogging” hiatus as my three-week absence was anything but a halt to our wandering feet with the help of the new member of our nomadic family, the Van. I just love the high vantage viewing point that I get from this vehicle, it makes me even more zealous in chasing all those interesting sights that my photographic eyes lay into!

– Three weeks
– Crossing three countries – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia
– and spending more time in one – Hungary

For my after-hiatus post, let me share with you the staggering scenery of Northern Italy from the Ligurian West of Ventimiglia where we started up to the Friuli-Venezia Giulian East of Trieste, that last town of Italy before entering Slovenia.

Undulating snowcapped mountain ranges, ancient farm houses, vineyards, orchards, castles, skyscraping church towers and more….all taken from our moving van. Let me begin with the church towers:

Italy is truly the land of 1000 towers

A postcard beauty made perfect by the snowcapped mountains of the  Dolomites.


 Are those mountains remind you of Switzerland and Austria?  If you say yes, then simply because they border those two countries!  

Belfries have to be as high as possible as they are man’s ultimate attempt to speak to Heaven

Church towers must have inspired NASA in the way they design their space shuttles

As we get closer and closer to the Slovenian border, the style of the tower changes into a more Slovenian belfry character

Driving the French motorway (at half-term holiday)

It was more than a week ago when we went driving the UK motorway for some errand;  this time, we had to cruise the French autoroute starting from Paris down to our home in the south of France.

According to our GPS, the drive takes about 9.5 hours, but in reality, it took us twelve long hours due to the almost snail-speed traffic on the first half of our journey.  It was the start of the Half-Term Holiday in schools and the first weekend of the Grand Depart – a kind of Exodus where Parisians leave the capital all at the same time to hit the road leading to the skiing resorts of the Alps. So while H drove the trailer-towing van, I was clicking my dear camera away!

I invite you to travel with me –


We left at about 6am, still dark, but after an hour of driving, we were rewarded with a beautiful scene of sunrise.


It was a foggy day and visibility was very low.

 

One reason for the traffic was due to an accident

You can tell it’s holiday time when car roof boxes are part of the motorway landscape.


Or skiing gadgets, if it’s the winter

Long traffic as far as the eye can see

Thre are castle signs for history buffs

 

Sometimes no signs are needed as you just drive past them!

Often, you have to look up high so as not to miss them

These castles are as old as the medieval age

These are farm castles perched high above vineyards

 

Some weird constructions crop up every now and then

 

As we drove closer to the High Alps, snow gets thicker and thicker


But approaching the Mediterranean sea, we see more and more boats on the way

 

Boats for the amateur or the pro

Or for the practicing yachtsman

Families have to equip the car for hyperactive kids

 

And the State has to equip the motorways  for all types of needs

 

 

This is the  Port of Lyon which dispatches and receives cargoes via one of the most important waterways in Europe, the Rhone river.

 

 

Every now and then we would stop to stretch our legs – just like this dog and his master

Or have our picnic at the tables provided at motorway stops

Our journey continues and we are blown away by the staggering architecture peeking from above

And before we know it, we arrive at the cypress-ridden south of France

where traces of medieval past still proudly stands

Welcome to the Cote d’Azur!

(It was getting dark, hence, the blurred shot!)

Driving the UK motorway

H and I are in the UK at the moment. We are here to exchange our British-registered car into a British-registered van. Not that we are fed up of the former, we actually love it and it has been part of us for nearly four years serving not only as car but also as our roadside  hotel when moving from one European country to another:  Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Italy as well as France – we will miss it enormously but life goes on…..

We are due to  move out of Paris in the next few weeks hence the need for a van to transport our few material possessions and for towing our huge caravan which has been sitting in the middle of the almond fields of  Grenoble near the Swiss border.

Buying a second-hand vehicle in the UK is a breeze and the only complicated thing to do  is “locating” it. The “where-to-find-the-best-deal” part was made easier through eBay and we just had to cross the English channel and negotiate   the 3.5-hour drive towards Birmingham in the Midlands to collect it.

The Midlands is the region comprising central England. I’ve never been to Birmingham so I was looking forward to seeing even the outskirts of this popular city. With the long drive ahead of us, I thought of making use of my camera to do a bit of motorway photography.   

 I am omitting the captions this time for lack of time as we are off to the motorway again this moment.

Enjoy the travel!


This is where we started the British driving bit: from the white cliffs of Dover. Here found is the Port of Dover where our ferry from France sailed up to.