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But it’s all an experience, doing car repairs en franšais. I’m amazed really, that at half past four on a Friday afternoon a) anyone is up for doing any work, and b) they can whip the wheel off, and the tyre, and fix a puncture, all within about 15 minutes.
... all up the Maurienne valley has been cloudy and rainy – and snowy higher up – all day. Generally grim in other words. Here is actually sunny, albeit a bit chilly.
The other thing is I have just had a cappuccino in Italy. There was no chocolate powder on top. Just frothy milky coffee. I have no idea if that’s an authentic cappuccino or not, but it tasted good.
... leads me to two possibilities – my feet smell really bad or someone has urinated. Yuck.
There’s a great big display case by the tills in here, with different Opinel knives contained within. There’s an Opinel museum in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. You can tell that this handy pocket knife is a much-loved icon of the area. ...
... I could not reach the top on a bike I had borrowed for the afternoon. I was only a couple of miles short but the muscles in my legs had run out of capacity, shall we say. So I’ve come for a recce before I attempt the same ride this week. ...
... who calls you by your first name. You are shown to your room. And to the bike stores – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is a mecca for cyclists. And traditional also in the authentic, down-to-earth sense. It's an old building with a carpark accessed through an archway, like a coaching inn. Reception smells of stale cigarette smoke that somehow adds character to the place; it’s not trying to be squeaky clean ...