Spring never ceases to amaze us…even the fields are exploding with flowers:
The wheat in the fields are still green but already promises a bumper harvest!
Ile de France
26 May 2011
Our neighbour’s lettuce garden….
25 May 2011
Back in Paris…at last!
Ile de France
24 May 2011
After our brief stint in Lyon, we stopped by Beune in Burgundy region to re-visit Clos St Bernardin, the only vineyard within the town. We first came here 12 years ago during our August ’99 holiday. It’s like tracing back our footsteps 😉
23 May 2011
Went exploring Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) to find out why it is in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Reaching the Guignol (Puppet) district, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon these stilt ladies who even posed for my camera!
22 May 2011
21 May 2011
We wanted to see where the famous Chartreuse liquor is made so we made Saint Pierre de Chartreuse our base before exploring the museum of Chartreuse. This skiing resort of a village mades us feel like we were in Austria or Switzerland, except that we are still in France, in the High Alps!
After a quick tour of the Chartreuse, we finally drove to Grenoble, a city I have known very well on the internet, particularly its legendary telepheriques, but had no chance of visiting..until today!
20 May 2011
We’re on TOP of the world! This is the Col de Lautaret, (2,058m alt), a part of the French Alps which is well known for its use in the Tour de France. We reached this point after crossing the border of Italy on our way to Grenoble. Truly a mindblowing experience! The snow you see is a glacier, it stays on all year round and never melts, unless affected by climate change…
After crossing the Col de Lautaret, we stopped at the village of La Grave (1,525m alt), mentioned in our Discover France travel book as the Chamonix of the High Alps. We always dreamed of exploring the Chamonix and La Grave is the closest thing we could get. (It was only few days later while making my research that I discovered that this mountain village is “one of the most beautiful villages in France”!. It is a favorite among extreme and “no-limits” skiers because it’s the starting point for taking the 40-minute telepherique ride to the glaciated peaks of La Meije.
One place that really blew us away is the cemetery found in the grounds of the church situated on the topmost part of the village. Never have we seen tombs shaped in a triangular way. Each tomb is actually a cross topped by two planks of wood formed at a 45degree angle, to symbolize a roof to protect the cross from the harsh fall of snow in the winter. Most of the people buried here are the guides who died in duty.
The tomb on the picture has no “roof” because it is not a memorial to a mountain guide but to the parish priest who died in 1988. And if you will notice a second smaller cross below it, it is for the memory of the “Maitre Chien de Secours” or the rescue dog who lost its life in the mountains.
La Grave, Haute Alpes, France
19 May 2011
We are enroute to Lyon (France) via Piemonte (Italy) and stopped by Borgo San Dalmazzo (Italy) for some quick sightseeing when we saw these giant mushrooms on display outside a food shop. Of course, it’s the Porcini season and this king of mushrooms is a must on every Italian’s dining table, even if the price goes as high as 30euros a kilo!
18 May 2011
Flora and fauna
Hiking in the Roya Valley, South of France
17 May 2011
Two Italian flags amongst the laundry….
Roman viaducts are scattered in the Roya Valley, some of them just standing as ruins but others have been fortified (I prefer to use this word than “renovated”) such as this one along the road.
Shot taken from a moving bus, South of France
16 May 2011
Ooooppsss..the snow is melting
View from the bus station, Ventimiglia, Italy
15 May 2011
Geraniums at the petrol station
Breil sur Roya, South of France
14 May 2011
Blooms and Fruitlings of May
Roses and lavander
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