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Today is the
second last day of my holiday so I felt I should do a heavy hike as it is to be
my last one. I’m now in a hotel in Megeve, a fairly upmarket village
particularly in the ski season about 30 kms from Chamonix. It is also only an
hour’s drive from Geneva which makes the return of my rental car on Sunday
prior to joining my flight home that much easier.
As all the
... when we where riding through Milan in the opposite direction on our way to Turkey in 2006)
After passing Turin, another large City, I was on my way to cross the tunnel of Fréjus between Bardonecchia, Italy and Modane, France.
I was stopped by security after paying the toll and directed to follow their van with flashing lights through the 13 km long tunnel and waiving good bye at the ...
... breathtaking views we had seen on the entire hike.
Barbara was excited to finally be in Italy. But she never dreamed she would walk to Italy! The downhill to Refugio Elisabetta was pretty easy and through yet another gorgeous valley. We arrived mid-afternoon. The name of the place made me think of my mother a bit. Wish she was here.
We took advantage of the time ...
... and most of them are passing us on the trail.. grrrr.
We've established a routine now of sharing a nice cold beer at the end of each day's long hike. Dinner was excellent - very tender beef and a nice custard for dessert. We sat next to a French woman who tried very hard to use her limited English, which was endearing but made for a very slow tortured conversation. I ended up going to get my smart phone which had a translation app (very handy!).
... for a picnic and pictures at the pass. Our lunch was packed for us the night before: ham and cheese sandwich, apple, hard boiled egg, wedge of cheese and a candy bar.
At one point, about 10,000 feet elevation, on a very steep, rocky section of trail that we had trouble negotiating, we,saw a small group of hikers. One of them was totally blind, with a guide dog carefully leading her up the trail and a ...