Hi from Valloire, 1430m up in the Savoire Alps,

We've been hiking in the Grand Canyon of the Verdon (near Castellane) and a repeat visit to the valley of the Clarée near Briancon. And enjoying great food and wine. The big picture on my postcard is my birthday lunch today at the col du Lautaret.

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The skies cleared after the rain in Valloire and we've had some more great hiking, a bit hot in the afternoons but we've been able to get to the cool clear mountain air in the afternoons, using either cable cars or the road passes to gain height.

Now back in hot Marseille. Hotter than predicted so best to enjoy the afternoons indoors - my air con works fine!

End of holidays: we get the TGV back north tomorrow.

Postcard from the Savoie Alps


I was up North in Cumbria this last weekend visiting Mike, a (new) hiking mate. Trains worked fine - the west coast train line now takes only just over three hours from Euston to Penrith.

Read more: The English Lakes - June 2010

I was out walking in Sussex on Saturday with Terry: we took the trains from Brighton to Berwick (East of Lewes). We walked from there across the fields to Charleston Farmhouse, the delightful Residence-retreat of Duncan Grant, Clive Bell and Vanessa Bell, and others of the Bloomsbury group of artists.

Read more: Charleston Farmhouse, Sussex - June 2010

Here's a postcard from last weekend in the South of England. I was with my friend Wolf from Den Haag - we found a hotel in the centre of Winchester with a nice calm garden. 

Read more: Hampshire & Dorset - May 2010