Route de la Turbie and the road that goes up all the way to Tête de Chien, from where you have an amazing view over Monaco and the coast… This scenic driving road that can be described as the playground of Monaco supercar owners has now become my playground too. I was first introduced to it in 2015 on my #gt3tour and I drove it up and down a few times with the Porsche 991 GT3… Alright, it was definitely more than 10 times in 4-5 days. I drove it up and down a lot because it is so fun to drive – even if it is short – and the location is so close to Monaco. Then I repeated this with the Porsche 991.2 Carrera S in 2016. And now I of course went back with the Porsche 718 Cayman several times, because Route de la Turbie is a 20-minute drive from my flat. Not as close as it would be if I lived in or next to Monaco – but I am not complaining, it is a nice morning drive there on empty roads.
Morning drive I say because the sunrise seen from Route de la Turbie or even higher from Tête de Chien is one of the most beautiful things on Côte d’Azur. In certain places you just want to be a morning person, because you want to experience that early hour when the sky changes colours, the sun starts to rise behind the horizon, and you have this panoramic view over something beautiful. In this case the Mediterranean coastline. As always with new places maybe I might still be caught in a “I can not get tired of this” phase, because for me this sunrise is still so new and beats all the sunrises I have witnessed in previous places I have lived. But it is not only the sunrise and the magical view. It is also the drive. The drive by the coast through towns that are still asleep. You arrive to the start of Route de la Turbie and you start to see how the previously black sky is now starting to get painted in shades of orange, purple, and yellow. When you arrive at the parking on Route de la Turbie – perhaps after you have first driven the road once up and back down because who would not want to enjoy an empty road if seated in a nice car, or perhaps you drove all the way up to Tête de Chien for a view from a higher altitude – the sun starts to rise.
And I sat there regretting I was not smart enough to bring my morning coffee in a thermos flask with me. Next time I will, big mistake.
Enough words, enjoy the photos!