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Travel Blogs from Wissant
Wednesday June 4
His take on the day (and her photos):
There is normally a very, very long cable car ride from here back to Italy, but now it is closed for maintenance. We rode up to the Aiguille du Midi peak and it lightly snowed. I again suffered from being at this altitude and was a bit "off" for the remainder of the day. This was unfortunate as we were yet to drive to L'Alpe d"Huez.
What a day to arrive. It is pouring rain and it turns ...
A distance of 390 miles today brings us to just outside Grenoble and the small village of Bernin where we have a room with a view of The Alps.
Today's drive has been through a series of well known wine regions starting with Champagne and in no particular order, Macon, Beaune, Nuits St. George, Beaujolais and we even passed near Dijon where the mustard comes from.
The further south we got, the more interesting ...
... around and we quickly found out why - they were all inside the restaurants having lunch. Every restaurant was booked full - it was Easter Sunday of course! With a cold wind blowing and rain drops starting to fall we decided to ask our GPS for a restaurant in a nearby village. The chosen option was only 6 klms away so off we went - down even narrower roads! Before long we made it to the village of Saint-Bonnet-de-Chavagne and stopped at ...
... nice bottle of wine and some cheese and baguette, bliss!
Footnote from Steve - the ball thing was like the thing you put a hamster in and then dangle on a piece of string, if you ever come here don't do it!! (Les - hope you hear the emotion on this video)
Off to the high mountains in the morning stopping in a caravan at Interlarken for 3 nights, not sure what the internet will be like if at all so we may be off air for 3 ...
... you do.
Our night in Grenoble is fairly uninteresting. Grenoble itself is an alpine sports Mecca (in fact Michael Schumacher remains in hospital nearby). It is still rather cold, and we can see the alps from our hotel window! We are a bit tired, so am catching up on emails ready for our (standard) 6am wake up. Heading to Paris tomorrow.