Arrondissement d’Albertville

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  • Day4

    Bourg St Maurice

    June 11, 2017 in France ⋅

    Well here we are right in the middle of the French Alps surrounded by some of the biggest cycling climbs around. The day started well, I was up early and decided to go outside with the iPad and catch-up. Good in theory, ended up being locked out. Automatic door only lets you out at that time day. Luckily, one of the guides had gone for a run and let me in!!! Today was the start of riding the big hills and the weather was just magic clear skies and 30 degrees.There are a lot poms in the group and they did what they do best, complaining about how hot it was. Poor pasty things. Day started well, we all got stuck at the first set of traffic lights just 10 metres from the hotel! It was one of those that needed weight to activate it, a couple of bikes were just not heavy enough. Sorted we set of on a beautiful gentle climb towards Beaufort. 10 kms out a flat tire, bugger, went from in the first group to dead last then used too much energy trying to catch back up.John had waited in Beaufort and we commenced the climb. It was a beautiful climb and certainly challenging. Being Sunday there were an incredible amount of motor bikes on the climb, one lot of three decided to do monos past us, interesting. Stopped at Lac Roselend for lunch then up and over the top for an amazing and very technical decent down to our hotel. Very nice today, yesterday's was a bit fawlty towers. Tomorrow is a bigger climb. Need my rest.Read more

  • Day6

    French Alps - Quiege

    April 19, 2016 in France ⋅

    We set off from Paris early this morning to get to the French Alps. We took the toll roads which set us back 40 Euros (holy moly!). On the upside, the roads are not congested, extremely smooth and pleasant to drive and the pit stops have great facilities.

    The 6-hr drive took us through Annecy, a picturesque town at the foot of the mountains. We kept on driving to get to our accommodation high up on the French Alps in a little (I mean little!) town called Quiege. What would we eat, Flora wonders.

    If you have ever seen the most perfect photo of little houses perched along the side of a mountain, imagine it 20 times more beautiful and that would be Quiege. We eventually arrived at the house, after snaking up the mountain for 20 minutes and nearly being in a head-on collision with another car (note to self: do not veer to the wrong side of the road when you see a crazy French driver screaming down the small roads).

    Our English host, Trevor, was lovely and welcomed us into our home for the next 4 nights. We would live downstairs and have our own privacy. The house is splendid! Well-equipped kitchen, comfortable living room, a bed like the clouds with a view to die for.

    We would be the only diners at the only local bar/restaurant that night. It was a mere 5 minutes walk from the house. We ordered a baguette and croissants or pain au chocolat for the next morning and the mornings after. Every morning, whilst Flora was still in bed, Aaron would fetch the bread. They were divine, especially with the blueberry jam that Trevor's neighbour made. Flora decided that she would take the jar with her when they leave.

    This place is really a slice of paradise. Words and photos don't do it justice. We would love to come back here again.
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  • Day3

    Albertville, we're in the Alps!!!

    June 10, 2017 in France ⋅

    Slow morning killing a bit of time while we waited for our pickup to the Alps. Wandered around the old town of Geneva and along the waterfront. Saw this door and above the door there was a sign saying Rue de Pugitory, I guess that's where you go if you've been bad.Decided to Cath the bus to the airport to meet our tour, completely missed our bus stop and walked around the block to find another one. Once on the bus we realised that we had walked right past it. Drove down to Albertville in France home to the 1994 Winter Olympics and aren't the still trying to milk that! Got our bikes setup and went for a lovely little ride through the forest climbing for 10 kms, with a fast downhill return. Not the oldest or greyest in our group so that's good. Serious climbing starts tomorrow, wish me good luck.Read more

  • Day7

    French Alps - Beaufort, Albertville

    April 20, 2016 in France ⋅

    We decided to visit the little towns around Quiege on our first morning at the French Alps. Beaufort and Albertville sit on either side of Quiege and were only 15 mins drive away.

    We came across a market in Beaufort. The day had already started beautifully! As is typical of markets in France, fresh produce was sold in abundance. This market also sold cured sausages of different flavours, cheese and olives. There would be no bargaining at this market. All the prices were written on chalkboards. 1 sausage for 4 Euros, 4 sausages for 10 Euros. What a difficult decision to make!

    Next, we stopped at Albertville. This town is a lot bigger than Beaufort. Not many shops were open but we found a cafe to sit in and have some coffee and a beautiful chocolate crepe.

    We head back to our home in the Alps to enjoy some roast chicken and rice for dinner.
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  • Day6


    August 1, 2016 in France ⋅

    On our way back from Chamonix we stoped in a little sleepy town called Albertville. I call it sleepy because there's no one around (Annecy and Chamonix are filled with tourists) and (unfortunately) you can't get proper food until 7pm so we drove back home.

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