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Alpine Air

Smells good :)

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We've come a looooong way in the last few days, and we've got even longer to go!

Sat 22nd - today we drove to Cannes to meet up with Ben and Sarah. Drove along the coast road, and enjoyed some James Bond type scenery. Arrived in Canne around 12ish and waited a while on B&S. They arrived around 1:30, we got some lunchtime supplies and headed down to the promenade for some lunch. After lunch we drove to Gorge De Loup where our campsite was for the evening. It wasnt all that campervan friendly! with lots of tiny windy steep roads down to pitches. When we arrived we went for a swim in the pool (myself and cal could barely contain our excitement) after our swim we started getting ready for our feast type dinner. Spent the night drinking and chatting, sharing stories of our travels so far :)

Sun 23rd - Today we all drove the Grand Canyon Du Verdon. Tough going in a camper but the scenery is worth it! spectacular! its the second biggest canyon in the world. after our dodgy driving we went to Lac de Ste Croix where we swam across to the little island, being bitten by mysterious fishy creatures on the way!
ben and sarah took off after the swim to head south to Heyers, we stayed by the lake. Had pizza for dinner and an early night after a loooooooooong adventurous day!

Mon 24th - Drove to Gap today. Took a couple of hours but the roads weren't too troublesom once we left the gorge area. Drove up Route Napoleon, was very scenic and nice to have some straight stretches of road! Arrived around lunchtime. Aire was basically a carpark but was only a one night stop so we didn't mind. Had lunch then enjoyed a wander round the town. Its a really nice alpine town, basically on the foothills of the alps. Spent the afternoon in the park, reading the paper. Had Fajitas for dinner (we're getting good at cooking in the van!) and a few beers before bed.

Tues 25th - very long drive to Chamonix today. Poor Cal! Stopped on the way at Grenoble and got the cablecar into the mountains. From here you can still see Mount Blanc in the distance. As was to be expected, the rain came on while we were at the top so had to spend a while sheltering from the rain! back down to the van, via the town centre for lunch before continuing our drive. Some windy roads, but surprisingly, road to chamonix was pretty straight via a serious of viaducts and tunnels. Arrived about 1730. Pretty exhausted after that drive. Had some dinner then headed into the town for a few beers. Came across the start line for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc http://www.ultratrailmb.com about 160 challengers setting off for the La Petite Trotte à Léon. Was an electric atmosphere and we were lucky to be here at the right time!

Wed 26th - Today we got up early and went for the Montenver Rack Railway and up to the Mer Du Glace. The biggest glacier in france. Pretty impressed panoramas. Went into the glacier, there is a little cave carved out every year. Was fascinating. Impossible to describe, you really have to see it for yourself!
This afternoon we're heading to Annecy for two days, another day stop between there and Paris. Have to be in paris for the campsite booking by Saturday afternoon, so after today we have very long driving days!

Still having a great time, and I'm reluctant to look back already, but it has been a brilliant trip! I'm tempted not to come home!

L x

Posted by lkane86 04:19 Archived in France

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