Took the freeway through the alps. It started to snow in San Bernardino and then was foggy the rest of the drive through Lugano, Lake Como, and down to Milan. For the record, Milan is a dirty city and I did not feel safe there. Other then eating, we spent most of the time in the hotel room, which also wasn't very clean or spacious. Happy frickin' New Year. However, we did decide that it would be tolerable in the summer when there would actually be things to see and do and businesses would be open.
The day we left Milan (very early) it was clear and sunny. We drove along the gorgeous Riviera through Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Nice, and Cannes. When we got to Aix-en-Provence we had a great dinner with wine in a heated outdoor cafe in the city center.