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Travel Blogs from Villard-de-Lans
... tomorrow there will be 8000 cyclists riding up here in a cancer fundraiser. Our hotel starts serving them breakfast from 2.45am and they ride up and down the legendary road as often as they can all day. Yes, that's right...UP and DOWN, repeatedly! It is a Dutch event called the Alpe de Huzes and last year raised €30M. The challenge is 6 ascents and descents. Last year someone cracked 9!
The drive up is good, but does not match the Stelvio...better for the cyclist, ...
A distance of 390 miles today brings us to just outside Grenoble and the small village of Bernin where we have a room with a view of The Alps.
Today's drive has been through a series of well known wine regions starting with Champagne and in no particular order, Macon, Beaune, Nuits St. George, Beaujolais and we even passed near Dijon where the mustard comes from.
The further south we got, the more interesting ...
We woke up to grey skies and the prospect of the first rain of our trip predicted for the afternoon. After partaking in the hotel breakfast, we headed out for a short excursion to a local village that is highlighted as one of the "Beautiful Villages of France". The highlight of this village is a large abbey. The drive out to this village took us past beautiful countryside france, past farms and through small villages where two cars don't fit on ...
... nice bottle of wine and some cheese and baguette, bliss!
Footnote from Steve - the ball thing was like the thing you put a hamster in and then dangle on a piece of string, if you ever come here don't do it!! (Les - hope you hear the emotion on this video)
Off to the high mountains in the morning stopping in a caravan at Interlarken for 3 nights, not sure what the internet will be like if at all so we may be off air for 3 ...
... flowing waterways, cute villages, snow topped mountains....what more do you want?
We stopped for lunch in a village called Castellane for lunch and did what the French do....bought some crispy fresh baguettes from a bakery...and went to the supermarket for ham and cheese...and sat on a gorgeous waterway under a mountaintop church. Yep. ...
- Free parking