Travel Blogs from Guillestre
... the landscape, the view
premiers secours – first aid
trousse des premiers secours – first-aid kit
la randonnée – a walk, a hike; walking or hiking
- faire une randonnée – to hike, go on a hike : Je fais une randonnée
un sentier– path, trail
sentier balisé – marked ...
It is definitely getting cooler. We decided against a swim as the sun disappeared behind clouds after lunch. We spent the late afternoon exploring the villages above Briancon and the early evening in the old town, where we had dinner. On the way, we stopped at the chapel in Les Vigneux, which is our closest village. The church has gutters made of wood.
We drove around as many roads as we could before ...
... the kids.People are very friendly and my French and hand gestures are getting me by thankfully but every now and then you come across someone not too helpful, but that is the same everywhere and at the moment we have some delightful Italians next to us who have just ridden up Cime de la Bonette as well and though don't speak English we seem to be sharing stories and their food and grappa.On the subject of food the boys will be glad to know that ...
... in Pra Loup and enjoy the el fresco entertainment in the village square. A French dance/aerobics teacher is leading a group of children through some pretty groovy moves to tunes like Love Shack. Lucy and Ben join in and have a blast. It is so cute to watch - I can't stop smiling. It's been a great day for smiling!
Strava stats are here http://www.strava.com/activities/772179 59
... our Maillot Yawn bunch approach of late starts - if you went for a 6am ride there would be no cafe at the end...sacre bleu!
On today's menu we have 3 cols over 119km, with 3000m of ascent and 2700m of descent. Importantly, we climb up to 2400m and don't drop below 1200m, so it's up high. And the climbs are long - two over 20km each.
The first climb, Col de L'Izoard started after a 9km neutral section, ...