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It was indeed a late start- so
late, in fact, that we decided to get lunch before we started
driving, at the McDonalds near our hotel. Then it was 1.30 before we
started driving in earnest, and drive in earnest we did. It was a
relief to be leaving Madrid, and we drove for the Spanish border and
beyond. Heading in the …
We've had a glorious day here in Aix-les-Bains. Had a leisurely early morning in our studio apartment, then caught the bus down to the lake around 11:00. Hung out there swimming, horsing around, and finding pretty rocks until around 3:00. Then rented bikes for a tour down to the end of the lake. Gorgeous views of the mountains on the other side of the lake, and 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, ...
... br> The WAG went topless today as the temperature got up to 26 degrees, so the roof came off her car. What did you think I meant?
Another 4 toll booth sprints today or 8 if you count both the entry and exit booths, at least we're getting quicker at it now we've done it a few times. Otherwise the day was quite relaxed and without incident although I did get a stern questioning at one set of toll booths by a Gendarme as I ...
... cities we've been in. The streets are wider, the buildings more modern, and I don't know how to explain it - but the feel was more European rather than French if that makes sense. We discovered a number of monuments and gardens, as well as ruins. After a while we found ourselves in front of the old thermal baths, which is now used as a tourist centre. These are not to be confused with the really old thermal baths, which were in the ...
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