Champagne to Sete via Geneva

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2009

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We've arrived at Sète, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, in the south of France. This was probably the principal destination of our trip, and we’re staying at the house owned by our Geneva friends, Jean-Jacques and Brigitte. On following entries there’ll be photos of the house and the area. We’re happy to put anyone interested in touch with the owners to organise your own rental here.

But back to the journey. We drove from the Champagne to Geneva on Sunday. Jean-Jacques and Brigitte had been visiting their son, who is at university in Leeds, and only arrived home on Sunday afternoon themselves. And got landed immediately with us!

Having decided to avoid the (toll paying) French auto-routes as much as possible, we expected the drive to Geneva through the magnificent, mountainous Jura region to be spectacular. Unfortunately we were robbed by rainy, misty weather. A break for lunch and a wander about in Besançon was a treat.

Our route reached an altitude of 1323m, and at that stage the outside temperature was 7C and not much was visible beyond the edges of the road. I did get one or two photos along the route so I’ll see what I can do with them. We couldn’t help sympathizing with the Tour de France riders who will soon be coping with these roads.

The brief stay in Geneva was a good chance to enjoy some home cooking again, get some washing done etc. J-J & Brigitte were pretty busy so on the day of rest there we took a wander through an older quarter of the city, Carouge, with its boutiques, workshops, galleries etc. We walked, wandered, strolled, ate, browsed, etc etc. All very pleasant – and the calm before the storm. After Brigitte’s lovely dinner, it was the cards tournament, and the heat was on. Suffice to say that both Cathy and I were soundly defeated. Beginners’ luck, one could surmise!

Tuesday we set off again, once more avoiding the big auto-routes and sticking to the smaller roads through all the villages and towns, through the foot of the almost overwhelming French Alps, through Annecy, Aix-les-Bains and Chambery and on through Provence. In the end we weakened and hit the auto-routes, but not until we were in familiar territory around Avignon, where we’d 'been there and done that’ on the routes nationales enough times before.

So now we’re in Sète, and I’ll post a couple of entries while we’re here.

Thanks for staying with us. J
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rsaville on

Love the photos.
Nice work G-Wizz, living it up!

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