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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Haute-Savoie April 14th 2015

The Maurienne valley is home to some of cycling's most iconic climbs, climbs that are synonymous with the Tour de France, such as the torturous path up to Col de la Madeleine, the steep, scenic ascent to Col du Glandon, or the epic Col du Galiber. One short climb in the valley that slips under the radar somewhat is the Lacets de Montvernier, a 4km route with 18 switchbacks that seem to be sculpted into the mountain side. As we had climbed Madeleine and Galibier on the previous two days we were supposed to be taking a day off but we couldn't resist the Montvernier switchbacks. We only found out about this when researching other climbs but what a discovery it was, as it's one of the most incredible climbs I've ever done. The Lacets climb ... read more
Classic switchback on the climb
View of the 2nd last switchback
View of the switchbacks

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Haute-Savoie May 19th 2014

France is the world’s most popular tourist destination - what’s not to like? With over 7,000 km of coastline, western Europe's highest mountain and one of the world’s favourite cuisines, it’s not surprising. Add to that, ski resorts, rivers, lakes, forests, festivals and some of the world’s most distinguished vineyards, not to mention, a sexy language, over 80 million of us beat a path there every year - but don’t worry about overcrowding, there’s plenty of space! So you fancy a trip, but not sure where to start? Since studying French in Annecy (http://www.ifalpes.com/en/french-language-courses-france) as a student I have returned many times to the Haute-Savoie region, on the edge of the western Alps. As it borders Italy and Switzerland the cultures overlap so it’s like a three in one destination. Surr... read more
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Lake Annecy

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Haute-Savoie September 23rd 2012

Parmi les dernières fins de semaines à Genève, je suis allé faire de la belle randonnée au Mont-Salève, du côté des voisins Français! Même si cette montagne surplombe Genève, elle est belle et bien en territoire français. Toutefois, elle s'illustre tout comme symbole à Genève. En effet, selon la légende, ce serait Gargantua qui, en creusant le lac Léman aurait entassé la pierre à cet endroit. Voyant la montagne s'élever, les habitants de Genève se seraient exclamés: "Comme ça lève! (Salève)", d'où son nom! Les légendes sont tellement plus intéressantes que les versions des géologues ahah! Bon! Grosso modo, je suis parti en matiné de Genève en transport en commun sous un ciel assez nuageux. Mais bon, il annonçait du beau temps durant l'après-midi, alors je m'y suis risqué. Après un ascension d'une heure dans des ... read more
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