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... 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 ...
... to the point where we didn't even need a jumper.
Driving a LHD manual was easier than I thought, even though the GPS kept leading us into strange locations - which made the day all the more fun. At one point, it led us up some very narrow road to the top of the mountain. Half way up, it told us to turn around, but that was impossible on that road. Made it to the top, ...
... a great meal of local food tonight. Our waiter was great - not great English, but he really looked after us. Even brought us some of the local Genepi Chartreuse liqueur.
For Matthew, the table next to ushad a traditional raclette - it was amazing watching them eat it with their plates of different cold meats - will tell you all about it when we get home,
Tomorrow (Saturday), ...
... 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.