Hotel Les Carrettes
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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 ...
... when we where riding through Milan in the opposite direction on our way to Turkey in 2006)
After passing Turin, another large City, I was on my way to cross the tunnel of Fréjus between Bardonecchia, Italy and Modane, France.
I was stopped by security after paying the toll and directed to follow their van with flashing lights through the 13 km long tunnel and waiving good bye at the ...
... station in France, we then headed to the Buffet Carriage to take in the views. They've got windows in the upper part of the carriage here, so you can get yourself a beverage and take in the scenery. It's still impressive but the only downside that the weather wasnt so great and so we didnt see it's full majesty as clouds were covering some of the largest mountains.
The last few hours were not the most ...
... find a bargain) and was closing down. The owner told me economy was the issue – I asked him which counties used to come here in summer and he said England "no more..." Another unfortunate impact of the economic situation... Then I rode further up the mountain on a single track road – as I climbed above the ski resort the mountain skyline opened up huge vistas. The view was amazing and words alone will struggle to provide an adequate description. The vistas made me ...
... like Valence at peak hour - but was in no hurry. Although at one point followed a scooter who was filtering traffic on a freeway with hazard lights on. The drivers checked there mirrors and pulled aside to let you through - nice... The final 60km or so through steep valleys to my destination was simply spectacular as the setting sun and huge mountains of ...