Saturday, 4 July 2009
Five Go Hutting in the Maritime Alps - Prologue
Andrew picked Sue and me up at 3.45 am, then Richard and Jenny were collected en-route to Liverpool, where the five of us managed a quick breakfast before being EasyJeted to Nice.
It was sunny there, but all a bit manic at the railway station, as the Tour de France cycle race started today in nearby Monaco. Lots of would be spectators were laying siege to the station in their efforts to get to Monaco and line the path of today's time trial.
The 12.36 to Cuneo left on time and spent a happy couple of hours rattling slowly up to Limone. The air-con was most appreciated at first, but as we rose gently up to 1000 metres the mountain air provided welcome respite from the heat of Nice, and indeed of Timperley over the past week!
Mountain Weather. We arrived here on 1 July last year, on our Italian Border Route, to be greeted by a storm. Today, as we exited France through the last of many tunnels, the sky blackened. Luckily Hotel Touring in Limone is only a very short walk from the station, so we didn't get wet. But it did storm, with huge flashes and claps, as we sheltered under a canopy with beers (pictured), before embarking on forays for food and gas.
A nap was in order before a good meal and passable Madonna di Como (Barolo) at La Diligenza restaurant - well named, they are certainly attentive.
Limone is a pleasant town. Big enough for a satisfyingly comprehensive after dinner stroll, but small enough for us to still manage a reasonably early night.
We managed to avoid breaking sweat today.
Tomorrow will be different!
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