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

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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