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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Bourg d'Oisans to Feltre via Ales and Chivasso

In the end our cabin at Bourg d'Oisans had a few issues that caused us to flee a day early.  The problem was all to do with heat and humidity plus the set up of the cabin which was in a row with other cabins and with only a narrow walk way in between.  The main windows were on these short walls with only a door and 1 window on the front long  wall...the end result...it was stifling as there was no through breeze.

The location of the park was right at the bottom of Alpe d'Huez..the km 0 post was virtually at the entrance.  Something we didn't like was the appalling smell of over heated brakes of the vehicles driven by less expert drivers!...some were gaggingly awful and we reckoned their foot had been on the brake right from the top.

Our original plan was to travel to Feltre in 1 hideous day trip, instead we broke it up into something much more sensible.  We left on  Thursday morning, visited the Chauvet Cave replica and stayed in Chivasso near Turin overnight.  That allowed us to have a short trip on Friday to arrive here midday in time to deliver a wheel to the bike shop for re-spoking!



The Chauvet Cave replica was very good  and for a change  we bought up big in the shopping trap that is at the end of all such visits!  Although sadly one of the espresso cups we bought there got broken so I'm doing a return visit on my way back to Albi  in a week's time.

We stayed the night in the Hotel Ritz (!) in Chivasso. The weather there was as bad as in France and we were delighted to have super super aircoin in our hotel rooms.  I managed to leave  our Aussie 4 plug powerboard there so that's another place I have to revisit on my way to Albi!  ..

Feltre and Palio time again and the open windows with the Santo Stefano flag is the lounge room of our apartment.  Alex leaves for Austria tomorrow but my sister and I stay for another week.

Gotta "Medievalise" modern things when you are part of a medieval festival!
we again enjoyed the Palio with it's drumming, trumpeting parading and  flag throwing displays but yet again the weather intervened and the horse racing part of the competition had to be cancelled.  the archery, tug of war and foot race  did take place and this year Port'Oria was the winning quartier.

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