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.

But after a week of really hot sunny weather where the problem has been the heat, the thunderstorm arrived this afternoon. Hail plus rain which turned to rivers of mud outside the hotel here in Valloire on the road to the col du Galibier. Hopefully the rain will clear overnight and we can get out again.

Provence Alps

Mud at Valloire