Funny thing is when we were traveling, all those new sights amazed you, but then it only got better
Day 5 - 15th of July
After a gray yesterday it was nice to wake up to sunshine and blue skies. The night had been cold but we had slept well apart from getting woken up by some fireworks for reasons unknown.
While taking the shower the evening before we had found a map of the area and saw a small road leading up the mountainside and almost all the way to the top. Obviously we wanted to see more so we set it as our first goal of the day. It would prove to be worth it. After a small twisting road for a few kilometers we were standing at the top enjoying the view while hearing cows with bells around their necks in the surrounding area.
We thought we'd be alone up here but it was a popular place to start mountain climbing or hiking so there were plenty of cars around.
When moving on the Great Alp Road splits up into two alternate routes. We figured we'd take the longer one since we wanted to enjoy as much as possible. This was a big mistake. It took us away from the nice mountain roads and we spent almost half the day just getting back on track. We got to see some nice views on the way but nothing compared to what we had seen already. When we got back to the mountains it started going up again. We had a small break in the village of Beaufort where we got the direction for a camping place. Our end goal would be Val d'Isère, the famous ski resort.
The way up there would hold many sights though so enjoy some photos!
And the first (and only) pass for that day! almost 2000m above sea level.
On our way down from that pass we came across something interesting we haven't really found any information about. It looked like an abandoned hotel. Would be fun to know what it is/was.
It also had a pool and tower to jump from!
And further down the road we found a huge dam and a lake.
And looking back the way we came from
And just around the corner from there is Val d'Isère. The camping is easy to find and we get a nice spot to set up the tent. According to the GPS we're at 2000m above sea level now.
As we settle in a lot of 4x4s start arriving. We find out that there's some sort of meeting and they're going to drive around on different alp roads. Would've been fun to tag along!
We manage to find a very nice restaurant and had an awesome three course dinner. Was a nice change to get some real dinner instead of just pizza or canned sausages! That's it for today. Tomorrow gets even better!