Lou Ressignon Chez Arthur
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Heading to the Italian town of Courmayer today, an 11 mile leg -- our longest of the trip.
Passed a reflecting pond and the view was beautiful in the morning light. Some stretches of the trail are really strenuous, but to our surprise we find we are getting stronger every day. We stop for lunch at an old abandoned farm home high on the hillside and sun oursleves on the roof. Barbara is just ...
... bridge! then a ladder and one more bridge until I could step down to a giant rock. And all with a backpack on! Yikes, it was a bit exciting!
The scenery getting there was awesome, as was the scenery leaving and getting to our end town of Arolla. We saw a herd of Chamonix (deer like mammal) today which was cool. We also saw the famous Matterhorn ( mountain) for the first time. Woo hoo, it was a great day!
... a maze of boulders uninterrupted by any patches of level footing whatsoever. Well above the treeline we had nothing in our view except rock after rock and boulder after boulder and the rim of the surrounding mountains did not seem to get any closer regardless of the number of boulders we climbed. At last we were treated to good views of both the long horned ibex and the shorter horned chamois as we continued our ascent to Col Louvie.
... for us just walking out on the overhanging platform was extreme enough.
We headed back to Turin again for the night to be treated to some more homemade delights... Pepperoni con Bagna cauda, pasta with pesto, prosciutto & salami, and of course some gelato to finish off.
Oh, and I almost forgot, I had the world's best hot chocolate at a small bar in the Pre-Saint Didier village... so thick the spoon almost stood up on its own. Mmmmmm.
We were all ready to head out when Tali informed us she had been experiencing a bout of travellers flu... We decided to play it safe and postpone our departure for Lavachey for a while. The while turned into most of the day, with Tali staying in the hotel room. The hotel was very accommodating and finally around 4:40, we caught a bus to Lavachey - a short 20 minute ride up the road ...