Maeva Residence Les Valmonts
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... tomorrow there will be 8000 cyclists riding up here in a cancer fundraiser. Our hotel starts serving them breakfast from 2.45am and they ride up and down the legendary road as often as they can all day. Yes, that's right...UP and DOWN, repeatedly! It is a Dutch event called the Alpe de Huzes and last year raised €30M. The challenge is 6 ascents and descents. Last year someone cracked 9!
The drive up is good, but does not match the Stelvio...better for the cyclist, ...
... Great value, lovely view of snow capped mountains, a simple large clean room with a modern bathroom and a friendly helpful host (with a cute French accent). We dined in the Old Town, a 15 minute walk up a steep hill. At least the descent was easy, necessary after a medieval meal that ended with tossing down some schnapps. Welcome to the Mountains.
Tonight is our last night in France. Tomorrow we head for Italy - Lago Maggiore here we come!
... After the usual questions about what I was up to and where I was going, he wanted to know how much money I was carrying with me. Did I have more than 10000 Euros he asked. As it happened, I didn't, but would anyone admit to that even if they did? Why would you? "Are you quite certain?" he asked, as if the small sum of 10000 Euros in my wallet could easily slip my mind. "Oh yes, quite certain" I obviously replied. "What about ...
... to buy fresh pain from the Boulangerie. When we first arrived, it was dark at 7am whereas now the sun is up well before then and doesn't set until about 6:45pm.
We celebrated our wedding anniversary in February, and at about the same time we spotted a great mountain restaurant that we agreed to go back to for lunch, when the weather was fine. Well as we've been enjoying weeks of sunshine, this week we set out on our skis, to have lunch at the Bulle ...
... our reward. The girls skied well with me trailing behind and taking one or two falls. The plan was to meet Ali, Julie and Andy at Le Chalet des Neiges, which we did but only after taking a wrong turn having navigated faultlessly all day. We had a late lunch outdoors in glorious sunshine and then had a gentle ski back with Ali. Andy and I did one last short run then headed back to the hotel. What a fantastic final day to end the ...
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