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... longer, eat more courses, drink more coffee. Bad, bad, bad!! It is not a tourist town, despite having quite a few attractions, but it obviously has a lot of grandparents who care for grandchildren in the school holidays given the number of kids pouring off the trains into the arms of older people! The city was the capital of Savoy from the 13th Century until 1563, when the capital was shifted to Turin (apparently the Dukes were having trouble with the French, and could get help ...
... view was spectacular, so worth it in the end. You have to be really careful on some of these roads around the lake, they are barely wide enough for one car.
At the top of the lake, we decided to drive north to Annecy, which is about 40km from Geneva - I couldn;t convince Teresa to go that little bit extra to get to Geneva though, Drove around here for a while, and couldn't even ...
... do some driving (Left Hand Drive - manual), in the surrounding courntry - lucky I have such a good navigator - I swear - she has got us lost every time I let her lead,
As an aside 0 it was 3 deg C this morning when we got up at 8:00am. The day warmed to about 12 deg, but dropping again now, Amazingly, there is one restaurant near us and the local sit outside with no heating on.
... 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 ...
... did it, then built a village way up in the clouds.
On the winding road up to Roubion there has been a rockfall. The fixit guys are there with a small digger to clear the rubble. As I pull up the remaining loose rocks are cascading down the mountain, crashing onto the road and bouncing on down the steep valley side. There must be some workmen up above levering the loose stuff down.