Residence des Dames
Travel Blogs from Epinal
Monday morning and we leave base and climb into cloud, hopefully heading
for Grand Ballon along La Route Des Cretes in the Vosges but unable to see anything, stop for a coffee on the tops and there are cows in the field with bells - sounds like we are
at a music school, cloud lifting and off we go for the 55 mile La Route Des
Cretes around the ...
Early start from Berwang and a diversion to see Neuschwanstein Castle, used in the filming of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, glad we do not queue but get a few pictures and then off on some more well planned roads from John.
Many eagles to see whilst parked at the roadside surrounded by ...
... right in front of the lake.
Tuesday 19 August
Still cool, but with sunny intervals. Decided to stay an
extra night here, to explore the local area.
Spent the morning housekeeping. Afternoon ride into
nearby, lakeside town of Gérardmer. Very pleasant forested, countryside around
here, with pretty chalet type houses. Lots of walks and cycle rides, with
skiing in the winter ...
We left our luxurious campsite reluctantly and are now back in France where our adventure began. The drive was long, but interesting. We passed by Lake Constance which looked very nice as a place to visit. The Zepplin was invented there and there are museums and airship rides! We saw two airships over the lake. Our route took us around the Swiss boarder, so close we almost entered once or twice! (It costs so we were avoiding it) Mrs Sat ...
... day it was much the same...the merchandise caravans came through...however we wanted to get as many freebies as possible so this time we were a little more strategic in where we stood. We scored loads again. The riders eventually came through as we stood near the top of one of the toughest climbs that day. Again we were able to cheer on the Aussies and have lots of fun! That afternoon we went our separate ways, Dean and I headed back north to Gerardmer to collect ...