Hotel-Restaurant De La Rouvenaz
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The road to wherever 3-10-15 Stalden - Lauterbrunnen - Ollon
today was a mighty long but enjoyable ride around many new passes which I have
never seen before.
night long the rain was battering down and even when I got up and went for
breakfast it was still battering down so for sure I knew i was going to get
breakfast i went down to my poor soaked bike and gave her a check over simply
to make sure all ...
Saturday the group left the French Riviera via the autoban, splitting up in Aix en Provence. Dave and Janet took to the country roads on a nice ride through the Luberon despite threatening clouds, overnighting in Gap after visiting Lourmain, Apt and Sisteron along the way.
The following day they headed for the higher elevations, with alternating sunny and cloudy skies, over several more passes on the way to Grenoble. Road closures and a 15km ...
... and the traffic on arrival certainly seemed like you were in the Gold coast.
The Swiss have a system where you don't pay tolls but instead buy a Vignette for the whole year. A$75 equivalent seems good for a whole year but is a lot for 2 hours! They don't care what you do at the border as long as you pay for the Vignette- they don't ask for passports or check for weapons or drugs!!
However I must say ...
... around. It was one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen and the whole atmosphere was great. The mountain breeze was cool and refreshing, and we could hear cows and their cowbells in the distance. Cows and cowbells are a big thing here and we saw several of them up the mountain while we were driving.
Overall, today was a great day and we felt like we had a fantastic Swiss experience. We'll be heading to Germany tomorrow.
... showing various grinding, mixing, squeezing and packaging stages.
Then on to everyone's favorite room - the sample station. And oh my, there were a lot of samples and quite large portions too. Believe it or not I only tried about a 3rd of them as there's only so much chocolate you can eat at a time! Some were incredibly sickly (the ones with caramel mixed in) but most were yummy.
The next and last stop of the tour was (of course) the shop. We ...