Residence Le Cortina
Travel Blogs from Les Deux-Alpes
... 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!
A distance of 390 miles today brings us to just outside Grenoble and the small village of Bernin where we have a room with a view of The Alps.
Today's drive has been through a series of well known wine regions starting with Champagne and in no particular order, Macon, Beaune, Nuits St. George, Beaujolais and we even passed near Dijon where the mustard comes from.
The further south we got, the more interesting ...
... wandering around the old walls and tunnels for a while we didn't use our return tickets to go down but set off for a 2 mile hike down the mountainside. It seemed to go on for ever endless steps, tunnels and then when we finally cleared the castle, some rough woodland tracks that eventually put us back on solid ground. Had a drink to revive us and trudged back to the apartment via a supermarket. Having a lazy night in tonight ...
A relaxed start with presents in bed. I was given a skiing Father Christmas jumper which I wore to breakfast. Weather and skiing conditions still not great. Low visibility and windy. But we made the most of it and went wearing Santa hats, balloons and shiny gold ribbon as ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed