Provence - Route des Grand Alpes

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by panzerrocket, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    And another great report/adventure from you two :clap

    I was last year for a week in the french alpes-verdon area,fantastic,but never again in july (first time ever i had problems to became a place for me and my little tent)

    Oh,and i like the story with the homeless guy...

    greetings Mik
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  2. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    I was in the same area first 2 weeks of Sept. You are right the roads are as good as anything in the Alps.

    To do that with your young son is FANTASTIC, something you both will remember for years.

    We have taken our sons to the Alps, in '04 and last year, they are young adults. Sharing with family makes everything else pale in comparison.
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  3. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Hi Greg, yes Sospel is definetly very nice. You're also right about eating at Le Picoun :D
    Unfortunately it was too cold for us to eat outside, it's rather cold in the evenings in mid october.
    Thanks for your comment
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  4. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Hi RblueR, thanks for your comment.
    Yes southern France is very lovely, made for bikes.
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  5. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Hi MikJogg, thanks a lot :D
    I've tried the Verdon area in july as well, and yes it get's very crowded. In october we had nearly all the accomodation for our-selves, and most important, we had the roads for our-selves.
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  6. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Hi PFFOG.
    Thanks. Yes travelling with family beats everything. The little man is my best riding buddy. We're on the third year of riding together, very nice.
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  7. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    Sharing the joy of riding and skiing as family activities when they were young has paid back in spades. They are still the activities we do together regularly even though they are grown and out of the house. It is the ties that bind the family together, long after most families have gone their separate ways.

    As my Kiwi friends would say, Good on ya!
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  8. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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  9. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Lovely trip photos!

    Do you have any photos of the interiors of your hotels? And would you be willing to share what some of the places cost, per night?
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  10. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    Nice.
    Thank you.
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  11. Thor_du

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    hey nice trip you did !

    Your son is verry lucky ! :D

    You had a lot of chance to find a lot of english speaking people in France.

    Maybe it's because south of france is a verry touristic place, but in other part of France I guarantee you that you will never be so lucky. :rofl

    All cases nice trip you did man ^^ Thank you for sharing it with us.
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  12. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Thank you EricD10563.
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  13. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately that's one of the things I always forget - the hotelrooms. I have these 2 though from the hotel in Nice. What looked to be a closet, turned out to be the toilet :rofl

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    The cheapest room was 50 euroes, the most expensive 75 euroes, incl. breakfast. On an average I would say 60 euroes pr. night. But remember, I went for the cheap and humble hotels. As long as they were clean and had toilet/showers I was happy, as we were only staying for the night. Most of them had tv and wi-fi.
    Thanks for your comments.
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  14. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    You're welcome yamalama, and thanks from me as well.
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    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Bon jour Thor_du.
    Ahh yes, you touched a point there I did think about, southern France and speaking english. Mind you though, I never really have had any problems with communicating when travelling in France, and I been in most parts of France, except the westcoast. When english was not an option, the sign-language always worked perfect. And people has always been friendly and open minded to get the communication going.
    Only place where I really met problems were in Paris. They were eeah, yes - different. Too different for me.
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  16. Maggellanos

    Maggellanos MotoTrips Lover

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    Thanks for sharing!!:clap:clap
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  17. Don T

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    Southeast France is one of my favorit playgrounds in Europe - the scenery, the roads, the people and not least the food is something special.
    I find that the best time to visit is early spring or late fall - the weather is not to warm, there is less traffic, it's easier to find a place to sleep and the price level is more reasonable than in the high season.

    It's nice to see that you share your passion for motorcycles and traveling with your son - a thing that many choose not to do (often dictated by the mother maybe..?)

    T
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  18. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Hi Maggellanos, you're welcome :D
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  19. panzerrocket

    panzerrocket Been here awhile

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    Hi Don T, thanks mate.
    Yes Southeast France is very nice, the Southwest at the foot of the Pyrenees ain't bad either.
    You're spot on with travelling south in spring or fall, specially due to the weather. Riding in 35 degr. cel. ain't funny...
    In the summer I stick to Northern Europe and Scandinavia.
    I have a very understanding ex (Nikolai's mother...) who sees the positive potential in letting our son ride with me.
    We're having a great time together, building bonds for life, and he sees and learns about the world 1.st hand.
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