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I arrived in Martigny mid-afternoon after a fairly straightforward 4.5 hour stroll from Saint-Marice, where I spent a lovely evening with the Augustian community at their abbey in the town. Its claim to fame is that it is the oldest continuously functioning abbey in the western world, having been founded in 515AD. The basilica has had to be rebuilt a few times owing to rockfalls from the mountain behind it, but I was reassured that it ...
... to mark my arrival. "Pas de problem", I said to myself, as I had a good distance to cover to get to the town of Orbe for my first night en Suisse.
The walk was easier than I thought. It was mostly downhill, which was fine but for the need to negotiate a tricky descent through a deep, winding gorge. Once that was behind me, the only thing to contend with was heavy rain for the last hour of the slog into town.
The tourist office found me somewhere to stay. I shared a ...
We just finished the tour du Mont Blanc - 180km, 3 countries, 9 days! Also some sore feet by the end...
actually it was probably some of the nicest hiking we have ever done - stayed in some lovely hotels and mountain refuges, ate amazing food each day, good wine each night!
Think Andy was a bit de estates to be in Chamonix in summer rather than winter, but ...
... ll know he inhales his food - but not salad! He must have worked up one hell of an appetite! We have borrowed substantial amounts of bog roll to dry out our shoes, but we couldn't get enough to completely fill our shoes. Hopefully it will do. This day has been officially designated our worst day, even though the trip is far from over. The riding through crazily busy streets combined with the continual rain and the lack of hot showers have all played their part in this ...
... relation to Lake Leman (don't call it Geneva when talking to the locals). Quite staggering really that you can be tucked away high in the Alps and still be able to look down on the lake only 10 kilometres or so away as the crow flies.
Having done the local area on the Monday we thought going over to Switzerland as far as Montreux would be a good idea with a stop off at a local lakeside restaurant for coffee, which turned out to ...
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