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After a horrid nights sleep, with 3 of us not well, we left Asti and drove towards the French border and the formidable Alps. We encountered quite a few tunnels that we had to drive through with some being over 5kms long. At least this saved us having to wind our way through the mountains. Once again there were snow capped mountains on either side of us.
We entered into France and came across a little ski town in the French Alps that was covered in snow. Sophie ...
... skiers than us.
Aside from these minor hiccups we managed to play some card games and relax, do a night ski run with torched from the bar with some alcohol in the bloodstream, make snow angels and snow men, drink wine and eat cheese. We called in the NZ new year at a bar on the slopes and watched a night torchlight ski run by the ESF ski instructors complete with fireworks. A cracker of a holiday really. Worth the hiccups.
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Do you know what we got for Christmas this year? We got fat. Extra kilograms, additional centimeters to the waist, hips and thighs...hells did we enjoy it! Of course weight gain was not at the top of our Santa wish list nor our ultimate goal of a week 'skiing' in the French Alps. Though when the local 'Spar' supermarket kindly sells you two euro french champagne (close relative of Moet) delicious jamon, cambert cheese and freshly baked baguettes it ...
We've left Lourmarin with some sorrow, but soon perked up when we got into the Alps. It's been a perfect day, the trees are turning Autumn colours and although it's 26 degrees there's snow on the high tops. Briancon has this amazing fort built to keep the Italians out many years ago. Tomorrow we go over the mountain to Italy toward ...
After an amazing stay in the Le Grand Hotel with the bike safely stored in the garage I set off early with no breakfast or coffee which is unusual. It's fair to say the town of Barcelonnette in France left a good impression on me. An old city but with a vibrance and not too touristy. I was infatuated with the old town and every street directed your gaze to the close mountains and the narrow streets framed the views encouraging yet more photos. I was keen to ride the highest road ...