Greece Part 2. Crete: Hikes around the south-west part of the island.

I’m sorry if that my five months old Greece trip has taken too long that it lost its freshness. I’m sure that I lost details of the trip but with several souvenirs that I keep: bus tickets, museum cards, and city maps; it should be alright.

I would say that this walking trip in Crete was one of the best trips I have ever done until now. The richness of the nature and the culture of Crete is truly amazing and worth experiencing. Continue reading

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Volcanoes in France. Part 2. Around Clermont-Ferrand: Vulcania, Puy-de-Dôme, Monts du Cantal

Part 1

It was sunday, the second day of my holidays in Clermont-Ferrand. Waking up in the morning, the weather was so grey and gloomy, and it was cold! The streets were empty. I put my polar sweat then went outside to find breakfast. My hotel was located not too far from the center, but guess what, I couldn’t find any boulangerie/bakery shop open that morning. After walking around and around, finally found the bakery just in front of the Jaude mall was open. It appeared (in the next two days) that this was the single bakery that is open during holidays when other bakeries are close. But, they were expensive and the bread was nowhere near good.

Hiking in the Monts du Cantal

On this sunday we planned to do hike around Clermont-Ferrand.  As I wrote on the first part, the massif Central is located in this region. Massif Central consists of several (sixteen if I remember correctly from the explanation in Vulcania) volcanoes chains. After hearing some explanations from Anne, a friend who lives there, and Vulcania, I understood that the volcanoes in the region are rather young. Some of the last eruptions date only back to less than 10,000 years. Continue reading

Autumn hike around Grenoble: Moucherotte

I’ve been dealing with a lot of changes – not necessarily a good one – lately that makes writing impossible. Now that I have more “freedom”, I somehow don’t know what to do and start. It’s just so easy to be lost and unmotivated.

One of the routines that remains is to hike on weekend when it doesn’t rain. It keeps me motivated and alive.

Entering autumn, the air became more humid and it gets colder day by day. It was friday and it was raining. The sky was grey and my tomatoes plants were shivering outside. Fortunately sun was expected the next day. Continue reading

What canicule? Hiking in Belledonne

This summer we don’t get much good weather in France. Two saturdays ago it was raining, and although the sunday was not raining the view up in the mountain was not very good. We went to Grande Sure in Chartreusse but due to the contrast between sun and the remaining wet weather the mountains were covered with fogs.

So when they announced canicule – heat waves – in almost north-west side of France, we picked up our phone and dialed the refuge de la Pra in Belledonne mountains to see whether they got place to stay for this weekend. It was tuesday and they were fully booked already. It was expected. Continue reading

Bastille day camping

French national day is celebrated on 14 July each year. It is known as the Bastille day that commemorates the 1789 French revolution. This year the 14 July fell on a thursday so a lot of people – and I – took our friday off to have a long weekend.

The weather was cold and rainy for a July. We initially planned to go to Beaufortain on the north but heavy rain was predicted. We thus modified the destination to the south that has slightly better prediction. Continue reading

Vercors hike

I have been hiking a few times around Grenoble and now it became harder and harder to find new spots that I haven’t been walked to. Of course it would be easier if I had a car but since I take the bus to do my hiking my options are rather limited.

From the three massifs around Grenoble, Vercors is the easiest massif to reach by public transportation. One of the simplest option is to go to Villard de Lans (about 1000m a.s.l), a small rather cute town, and then hike to the rather easy Col Vert (about 600m altitude difference) or to the popular Pic St. Michel.

So this time, I tried to find an alternative and found that we can walk to the Rochers de l’Ours between Col Vert and Col de l’Arc.  Continue reading

Under the sky

French spring has been quite wet this year. Rain has been pouring almost every weekend and finding a good time to go to mountain has been difficult. When I was writing this story Paris was on yellow flood alert (just below red and orange), it feels like Jakarta.

So one of my personal project this year is to do an easy bivouac. Essentially a bivouac is to go to the mountain and sleep there. It can be as simple as a night under the sky with a sleeping bag or as many night as you wish according to your capacity. Continue reading