Hotel Chalet Mounier
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Travel Blogs from Les Deux-Alpes
The build up was over. We were finally gng to climb alp d'huez. Everyone was very excited and a bit on edge. We rolled out at about 10am and bombed down les deux alpes to bourg d ousains. The was a good descent for 20kms. After getting to the roundabout with the big colorful bikes it was time to start climbing queen of the climbs from the TdF. The …
... 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, ...
... way but we did not find it. I fell in love with the cute little marmots that were scampering over the high alpine slopes. We saw very few cars going in either direction - that should have given us some clues as to how far we were off the beaten track. The resorts in this area are quiet with the winter season having finished and the summer not yet in full swing.
We are staying in the Hotel Eidelweiss - a hotel that is very popular ...
... Most of northern France seems to be just acres of farmland and wind turbines - no wonder the farmers run the country! However as we got round the far side of Lyon, The Alps made their first appearance and the first Italian cities appeared on the road signs, (Turin about 500km). Our hotel is not far from the border with Italy, but as we have to go round the mountains to cross over, it will be about 120km or 90 minutes in the ...
... wandering around the old walls and tunnels for a while we didn't use our return tickets to go down but set off for a 2 mile hike down the mountainside. It seemed to go on for ever endless steps, tunnels and then when we finally cleared the castle, some rough woodland tracks that eventually put us back on solid ground. Had a drink to revive us and trudged back to the apartment via a supermarket. Having a lazy night in tonight ...
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