- that morning was without any rush, our program read : " A
free, sightseeing day ". So we got up at about 8 a.m. and
had our breakfast of pasta, tea, coffee in peace and quiet. We
planned our departure to Le Fayet to make our trip by the
du Mont Blanc" at 10 a.m. So we had a lot of time to do
our notes, write postcards and play cards ... and also there
were some pictures of the terrase and we started to believe
the forecast men made mistake because we could see the sun
looking down through holes in the clouds.
after 10 a.m. we already were driving south by Subaru on our
trip. We reached
the Le Fayet town before 10:30 a.m. so we had time enough to
buy tramway tickets even some walking around. The
cog railway named "Jeanne" came at 11:00 a.m. sharp so we
could have our trip. It should take us about 1 hour. There
were about forty skiers, mountaineers and tourists with us
inside. It was the interesting ride with nice views but ... but
just until a moment when the snow started falling. Big, wet
flakes ... We could see almost nothing, but a
white wall, unfortunately, ... What a pity because that trip was said to be
very nice sightseeing around alpin peakes. We even didn't go
the "Bellevue" station because of snow. We had to
get off the
cog railway that continued up just itself and we were waiting for its
return about 20 minutes. We were in the "Col de Voza"
station. It was also the lower station of the ski lift of the
steeper piste that we were skiing on Monday and Tuesday on. It was
situated in 1653 m (5420 ft) above sea level. Well. We took
advantage of that break and to look around over there. Of
course without any views to mountain giants ... The return
ride took us less of time, about 40 minutes. Fortunately
weather showed us its better face so we came back down with
the sun above.
That better views we enjoyed during our "home" drive.
We could see majestic giants in full feather as well as
impressive icefields high in the mountain valleys ... Yes, we
deserved it after such snowy trip.
And at "home" ? Some snacks, coffee, playing the cards ...
Shortly after 5 p.m. there was our traditional walk downtown,
we relished holiday atmosphere of that tourist town, we
feasted our eyes on things in all of those shopwindows.
Anything for tourists ... When we walked through the "Place Balmat"
square I noticed a strange sculpture of an old-time
alpine mountaineer. "Ah. There wasn't it yesterday ! Wow ! It is
alive ! He is a man !" I called at Hana and our friends. " Oh,no.
It isn't. It is man-made ... Wow ! He looked at me ! ...
Really, he is the man !" were their reactions. It was a joy to look at
that live sculpture. Very fun. Of course we gave him some
change to a bag.
After that performance we split. I went to the information
center to send my
emailes and others continued walking ... This time I was
successful and all my emailes were sent off when Hana, Jitka
and Jirka picked me up after half an hour. All together, by
slow walking, we got to the restaurant "La Poele", our favorite
place to eat. And again ... pizzas, omeletts, salads and
Chardonnay. It was very pleasant end of that day ...