Hotel le Kern
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Woke up with high hopes of an early ride today looked out the window and could not believe how far down the mountain the cloud had rolled. Climbing big Cols was out of the question.
We took an early morning trip St Jean de Maurienne to stock up on supplies and have a coffee and croissant. The weather started getting worse so it was time for bread, cheese, salami and wine.
By the afternoon the rain stopped ...
... a great place to base so when we come back again that would be my choice. Our hotel has Col markers for sale of the famous climbs, I was quickly told by the manager that I have to earn them before purchasing. Oooh! very protective of their little markers.
On the plus side the weather will improve over the next two days and feel more like summer again by Sunday. Too wet to do much except wash the bike and polish off a bottle of red tonight.
Tomorrow is the Col Du ...
... of the best then it wouldn't take much for any other site to better it! - We arrived and was directed to pitch on the front of the site by the main road on a very uneven bit of land, there was nothing (bushes etc.) to separate us from the road - we checked out the facilities which weren't great returned to the van and decided we weren't prepared to pay €30+ euros for ...
... the buildings are so well maintained and are situated alongside canals, with cafes and restaurants sprinkled throughout.
We visited the Musee Chateau d'Annecy, alongside our hotel, and were so impressed with its grandeur, and the exhibits and videos detailing the restoration. The city of Annecy purchased the chateau in 1953 and have restored it beautifully. I should probably also mention that we arrived at 10am, when the museum opened, and we ...
The forecast was correct - sunshine and clear blue skies after three days of poor visibility and high winds! Our plans was to do two peaks in one day. Turns out that was a bit ambitious as, after the snowfall of the previous two days, there was a risk of avalanches which meant the top slopes were out of bounds until the all clear was given. They set off 'cannons' - which are giant pipes dotted over the mountains that ignite gas and ...
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