Champagne to Sete via Geneva
Trip Start May 22, 2009
9Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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But back to the journey. We drove from the Champagne to Geneva on Sunday. Jean-Jacques and Brigitte had been visiting their son, who is at university in Leeds, and only arrived home on Sunday afternoon themselves. And got landed immediately with us!
Having decided to avoid the (toll paying) French auto-routes as much as possible, we expected the drive to Geneva through the magnificent, mountainous Jura region to be spectacular. Unfortunately we were robbed by rainy, misty weather. A break for lunch and a wander about in Besançon was a treat.
Our route reached an altitude of 1323m, and at that stage the outside temperature was 7C and not much was visible beyond the edges of the road. I did get one or two photos along the route so I’ll see what I can do with them. We couldn’t help sympathizing with the Tour de France riders who will soon be coping with these roads.
The brief stay in Geneva was a good chance to enjoy some home cooking again, get some washing done etc. J-J & Brigitte were pretty busy so on the day of rest there we took a wander through an older quarter of the city, Carouge, with its boutiques, workshops, galleries etc.
Tuesday we set off again, once more avoiding the big auto-routes and sticking to the smaller roads through all the villages and towns, through the foot of the almost overwhelming French Alps, through Annecy, Aix-les-Bains and Chambery and on through Provence.
So now we’re in Sète, and I’ll post a couple of entries while we’re here.
Thanks for staying with us. J