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Today we left Monaco for Grenoble . The day started with a stop in Grasse. Grasse is the centre of perfume making in France. We visited Fragonard to see how perfume is made and then purchase. Bruce and I had been to Fragonard on a previous trip so this made it fairly simple to choose the perfume at the end that I might like to purchase - I chose …
... Austrians if the capital was located in Turin). Chambery has a medieval castle which housed the dukes and counts of Savoy, and it is linked to a chapel which was built to house the Shroud of Turin (lots of money went into housing that shroud!!). Unfortunately the castle was shut when we arrived so all we got to see was the formidable steep wall facing the town. The old town (called 'Ancienne Ville' on all the road signs) has a number of quite wide cobblestone streets, lots of ...
Took the car today, and went for a drive.
Headed north of Chambery and decided to drive around Lake Bourget, and stop at a few towns along the way.
It is very picturesque, and looks a long way on the map.
The towns on the western side, are all very small, with a few vineyards along the way.
We stopped in a few of the towns and had a look around. The weather today ...
... 2 of them together and they will talk not stop for hours. On our way to Amiens, we were across the aisle of 2 of them for 2 hours, and I swear, there was not a break of more than 5 seconds the whole time.
Arrived in Chambery, and it is good to be away from the noise and masses in Paris - it really is a big and crowded city - although nowhere near as dirty as we were lead to ...
... towards Grenoble we got caught in a terrific hailstorm! So much for looking for sun.
After Grenoble we headed off into The mountains on the D85 - the Route Napoleon - the route Napoleon took in March 1815 after he left Elba and arrived on the south coast of France. Only we were doing the route in the ...