Published: 25 July 2015
Clear skies and high temperatures on our arrival at Les Contamines-Montjoie in the shadow of Mont Blanc. very near to Chamonix but up a quieter valley. Plenty of hiking with some great views of the Mont Blanc massif, although the glaciers are looking sadly diminished these days... global warming is very apparent. Also pictures of the Cascade de Rouet on the GR5 near Samoëns, a favourite from previous visits, and the garden of this hotel, from which we have enjoyed the sunsets on the glaciers above. Food very Savoyard: lots of Roblochon, Tomme de Savoie and Beaufort cheese with plenty of potatoes as Pommes à la Savoyarde or Tartiflette.
Published: 19 July 2015
Summer hiking in the Vercors has been unusually hot, more than 33°C for much of the day, even at 1500 metres altitude. Nonetheless we've see some great sights and a few animals, including a first sighting of Ermine, probably a juvenile male in his caramel coat, which will turn to white next winter. Fireworks for the 14th July, Villard-de-Lans isn't Marseille Vieux Port but it was a good show anyhow.
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