Through the Alps

Our trip north meant a trip through the French Alps. We originally planned to travel through Torino and then north to the Mount Blanc Tunnel but this route was closed the day we were travelling. We travelled to Torino and then headed northwest towards France and the Fréjus Road Tunnel which runs under Col du Fréjus in the Cottian Alps between Bardonecchia in Italy and Modane in France.

The tunnel is 13 kilometres long and was opened in 1980. It is the fifth longest road tunnel in the world and cost just under €2 billion to build. The French and Italian governments are clearly attempting to recover this cost with the impressive €35 toll charge.

Either side of the tunnel we had spectacular views of the Alps which our photos don’t really do justice too.

As we were driving Jean was shooting video of the trip.