Month: July 2008

  • Stage 17: Descending Lauteret and Climbing l’Alpe d’Huez!

    We were up early this morning, picked up from the hotel at 7am to make the trip to the top of the Col de Lauteret.   Here is how the itinerary described the stage: “the best is saved for last…as L’Alpe d’Huez (cycling’s mecca) will play host to the final alpine stage and what a stage […]

  • Photo Gallery_Pictures from Alps to Paris

    Have a look…

  • Unplugged

    Just a quick note to explain the blog-silence over the past week.  It seems that internet connected computers play a much smaller part in French life than they do here…meaning that it was tough to get on-line (not that I was trying that hard, to be honest).  I’ll provide recaps over the next few days. […]

  • Climbing the Col de la Lombarde; Stage 16

    The VIP part of our trip kicked in today.  We were picked up at 6:00am and shuttled into Italy to the bottom of the Col de la Lombarde (a flag at the shore of an alpine lake marked our crossing…no fingerprinting, no retinal scans…) A group of 9 of us climbed the Col.  21.5k of […]

  • Rest Day; Serre Chevalier

    Before you wonder what I am doing writing when I should be enjoying France, I’ll tell you that I’m on the Hotel’s laptop, in front of a picture window looking out on the ski lift of Serre Chevalier.  M is relaxing with a book after a breakfast of baguette with ham and emmental, freshly baked […]