- Published: 24 September 2015
Clear air, blue skies and autumn colours for our hikes on the granite of the vallée de la Gordolasque and the Vallon de lSalèse, all at the high end of the vallée de la Vésubie in the Mercantour national park in the Alpes Maritimes, the range of mountains forming the border with Italy for a few dozen kilometres up inland from the coast at Nice.Territory that used to be Savoy/Nice, not France or Italy.
One of the best waterfall systems you could hope to visit and some magnificent cirques, gauged by the glacier of the most recent Ice Age. A treat to enjoy the family cooking at a small restaurant in St. Martin Vésubie, underground in a cellar with a balcony looking out over the valley. I think Mother cooking and daughter doing the tables. But an indifferent family hotel, very two star and nothing more, but the wifi works!
- Published: 27 August 2015
I'm in the Alpes Maritimes on my motorbike for a road trip from Nice to Annecy, following my version of the Route des Grandes Alpes. Last week of August and the weather is "Set Fair" as aneroid barometers used to be marked. A lot of the tourists have gone home so no problems with hotels being full. I'm not booking in advance so I have the true freedom of the road! In practice this means finding myself in a room above a small town bar facing a Baroque style church. The other hotel guests are a couple of pairs of French builders and a Ducati biker (Italian) also on his own, on his second night: he left his bag here yesterday so as to ride a loop with the bike light.
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