Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A Short Tour of the Vanoise – Saturday 25 August 2007 - Day 0 – Travel to Modane


This series of entries is my attempt to digitise some diary entries made in 2007, shortly before the setting up of this blog. Whilst the trip was over ten years ago, it recounts our hutting trip on a popular route and may be of interest to anyone wanting a relatively easy hut to hut route for a week’s holiday in great alpine scenery. Sue, Jenny and I took turns in writing the diary, as annotated to the various entries. Pen shy Andrew and Richard completed the ‘Famous Five’.

"Carry On Up The Vanoise" (with 'The Famous Five')

We meet at Manchester Airport at 8.00am. Andrew has been here for some time, but is strangely sitting in 'arrivals' - is he unsure about this trip?

The self check in proves to be less successful than we'd hoped, but we all manage to check in and board the plane. Jenny has taken four 'Kalms' and has a bit of a hangover, so the flight is not too bad all things considered.


Richard has managed to lose his sunglasses before we are even out of the UK, but apart from that we arrive in Lyon intact and in good time.

Martin arranges the car hire while Sue, Jenny, Richard and Andrew have to fend off an overactive child.

Drive to Decathlon for camping gas (Martin), sunglasses (Richard), and a top (Jenny). Lunch in a small lay-by, then it's off to Modane. Check in to the Hotel Perce-Niege. Hotel is nice - apart from strange padded doors - what are they expecting us to do, we wonder?

Beers in Modane.


Then a meal at the hotel - French cuisine here, unlike the rest of Modane* which seems to be more of the pizza variety. Good food and a nice atmosphere. Richard is told off for eating Jenny's pudding (fruit) - although it then becomes unclear as to whose husband is Jenny's as Andrew also appears to be eating her pudding.

All retire early, ready for tomorrow's walk. Nice tarte aux pommes.


* we didn't actually see the centre of Modane, which was in the unknown territory beyond our hotel!

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