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Chambéry is at a crossroads of four alpine valleys, hence trains go North, South, East and West from here, and it is surrounded by mountains. We stayed in a Mecure hotel right opposite the railway and bus station, and surprisingly we had excellent sleeps because of the hotel's very good soundproofing. The hotel also had beautiful breakfasts, with cakes, croissants of every description, bacon and eggs, fruit.... We played with our iPads during breakfast, so that we could stay at ...
Took the car today, and went for a drive.
Headed north of Chambery and decided to drive around Lake Bourget, and stop at a few towns along the way.
It is very picturesque, and looks a long way on the map.
The towns on the western side, are all very small, with a few vineyards along the way.
We stopped in a few of the towns and had a look around. The weather today ...
... 2 of them together and they will talk not stop for hours. On our way to Amiens, we were across the aisle of 2 of them for 2 hours, and I swear, there was not a break of more than 5 seconds the whole time.
Arrived in Chambery, and it is good to be away from the noise and masses in Paris - it really is a big and crowded city - although nowhere near as dirty as we were lead to ...
... br> As we headed through the Chartreuse massive towards Grenoble we got caught in a terrific hailstorm! So much for looking for sun.
After Grenoble we headed off into The mountains on the D85 - the Route Napoleon - the route Napoleon took in March ...
... and tours, about Sud Tirol which he knows well. We compare best roads and ones still to do.
Emil tells me that my proposed route is closed for roadworks on one of the cols, opening for just an hour or two each day, one-way only. So he suggested an alternative, though one of the high passes will be challenging. Ok well I have to try that one.
My route takes me ...