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Euromaster Pneus, Place du Champs de Foire, 4.30pm
I am sitting outside a garage waiting for my car's tyre to be fixed. I just discovered it was going flat. Not what you really want on holiday but serves me right for ignoring the shiny metal thing I saw lodged in there a ...
... has been well determined for ages and is pragmatically too difficult to bother fighting over, unlike say in northern France.
And the cars. It’s Fiats everywhere here. As opposed to Renaults, Peugeots and Citroëns and a mixture of others. I conclude Italian folk are very patriotic when it comes to their transport. The other difference, which I am sure is coincidental, is the weather. In ...
... leads me to two possibilities – my feet smell really bad or someone has urinated. Yuck.
There’s a great big display case by the tills in here, with different Opinel knives contained within. There’s an Opinel museum in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. You can tell that this handy pocket knife is a much-loved icon of the area. ...
Plan Lachat, between Valloire and the Col du Galibier, 7pm
I'm part way through driving up to the Col du Galibier, a beast of a mountain. It’s such a beast of a mountain that many years ago when I was working in Valloire ...
... who calls you by your first name. You are shown to your room. And to the bike stores – Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is a mecca for cyclists. And traditional also in the authentic, down-to-earth sense. It's an old building with a carpark accessed through an archway, like a coaching inn. Reception smells of stale cigarette smoke that somehow adds character to the place; it’s not trying to be squeaky clean ...