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Driving in Switzerland, France and Italy Pt.2

There is an offline iPhone app that can route you around through the Metro with ease. We found the closest metro stop and made our way to the Sacre Coeur and walked over to the Moulin Rouge. Both great experiences. The next morning we found the biggest farmers market we had ever seen a block from the hotel. We then walked to Notre Dame, over to the Eiffel Tower and finally the Arch De Triumph. The next morning we left for Aix en Provence en route to Cinque Terre. We based out of La Spezia and stayed at Hotel Genova. We arrived in the afternoon and found the train station a 15 minute walk away. First stop Riomaggiore and Manarola for dinner. We were surprised that in addition to a service charge, they charge 4e for tap water. Read all the fine print on the menu or ask first. The next morning we put on our bathing suits and headed for Monterosso where we found the best focaccia bread in the world. It was so warm we had a swim before tackling the trail to Vernazza. By the time we got to Vernazza it was time for another swim. These are really great villages. We skipped Florence this time to see the Cinque Terre and I'm glad we did.
Next it was off to Rome. When researching hotels for a road trip I first look to see if they have free or private parking available. Then I look for free breakfast, free WIFI and proximity to the metro. We found a great apartment on AIRBNB. Villa Theresa had a private gated parking area and best yet a washing machine. All for about $70 per night. Visiting Rome in only two days was quite a marathon but very fun and we saw everything we wanted. The next half of the trip was not planned at all. We had 6 nights left before we were due in Zurich. We left for Assisi and found it very clean and beautiful. Don't miss it if you have the time. We stopped in Bologna on our way to Lake Como where we had a couple of relaxing days.

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