Travel Blogs from Gap
We left Valloire and headed towards Les Deux Alpes, we had been warned of a cycle event going on from Valloire and as the site didn't mind what time we left we thought we would hold off as late as possible to leave and hopefully let the bike event finish, we only had 45 miles to do so it made sense!
We left site just after 3pm, within ...
... and old buildings....and getting there was some of the most amazing roads.
Top places to see
- Verdon Gorge
- Route Napoleon
- Sisteron Citadelle
- Solar farms
- Lavender fields
... I discovered that the Monte Carlo rally goes along this route. Even more research when I got home and I found this clip... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQwoR-qO 2bs I had to drive with cars coming towards me and in bright sun, they had a bit of snow but I didn't crash like them!! It did take me 2 hours to do the 50km, they may have been faster. I also have a chuckle when I see on these roads the request ...
... and the sun trying to break through the clouds. (And there were dozens of other cyclists on this climb today, too.) But it was still over 1300 m up in the Alps. Peter kept his jacket and long pants on the whole way up.
After the usual one-by-one arrival and photos, down we went. And it was chilly. Linda's hands turned a fairly impressive shade of pale, so she and Dave stopped at a café in Le Périer to warm up. The rest of us chugged on to Valbonnais where ...
... of hairpins where trucks have to reverse and then we arrived. Car park had a dozen cars / vans, rain was threatening...and the sign said closed til 3pm!! Not to waste an opportunity, we went for a walk to see the closed abbey but also had a good look at their beautiful lavender plants...see photos. All just starting to flower. They are everywhere in Provence, even on road side verges.
As we reached the car, the rain was ...