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La Meije is composed of 3 principal summits:the highest point is the Grand Pic de la Meije at 3984 metres.View from Auris-en-Oisans

                              On the way to Les 2 Alpes after a drive without traffic jam on the highway(this Saturday was a holiday rush on the roads),we had lunch in Bourg d'Oisans,a market town of 3000 people in the valley of the Romanche river,entrance to the wild and preserved National Park of the Ecrins.I like to stop in this little town which has many bars,restaurants and shops.Located on the road from Grenoble to Briançon,it sits at the base of the road to L'Alpe d'Huez and has been used as a start town in the Tour de France on many occasions.

La Meije was the last major Alpin peaks to be summited(in 1877).Shot from Auris-en-Oisans
There, as I know that my friends are not bored with my cheese reviews,I took some more "cheesy" pics,in particular of unexpected Swiss cheeses!

                             After a quick but tasty lunch,I drove to La Grave ,a mountaineering centre and ski resort well-known for its off-piste and extreme skiing possibilities for a pilgrimage:few years ago,we stayed in Les Chalets de la Meije,a comfy but friendly accomodation and at this time Danielle did an introduction hike on the Meije glacier at 3300 m.Unfortutanely the weather was cloudy and La Meije called sometimes The Queen or Her Majesty was nearly invisible.This mythic mountain is composed of three principal summits,the highest point being the Grand Pic de la Meije at 3984 metres and was the last major peaks in the Alps to be summited (1877) and not by Coolidge or Whymper but by a French guy!

                            Disappointed but full of hope for the following day,we rode back to the Chambon lake (watersports base) where I did some shots after crossing the dam and few kilometers later we reached Les 2 Alpes(see above).

Chambon lake,an artificial one of 1,4 km2 of surface area

                            Indeed,on the Sunday aftertoon,we went uphill to Auris-en-Oisans,a medium sized and family resort linked in winter to a large network of ski areas( L'Alpe d'Huez) and I got some average shots of La Meije before driving back  to Lyon.Finally a very entertaining weekend close to Lyon!

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La Meije is composed of 3 principa…
La Meije is composed of 3 princip…
La Meije was the last major Alpin …
La Meije was the last major Alpin…
Chambon lake,an artificial one of …
Chambon lake,an artificial one of…
Bourg dOisans,a market town in th…
Bourg d'Oisans,a market town in t…
Bourg dOisans valley
Bourg d'Oisans valley
The Savoyards are not chauvinistic…
The Savoyards are not chauvinisti…
a Gruyère from Switzerland
a Gruyère from Switzerland
Beaufort cheese in Bourg dOisans …
Beaufort cheese in Bourg d'Oisans…
Cheeses from Savoy
Cheeses from Savoy
Chambon lake at an elevation of 10…
Chambon lake at an elevation of 1…
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake offers a small waters…
Chambon lake offers a small water…
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
Chambon lake
La Meije glacier under the clouds …
La Meije glacier under the clouds…
La Meije, 3984 metres in the middl…
La Meije, 3984 metres in the midd…
La Meije overlooking the nearby vi…
La Meije overlooking the nearby v…
La Meije on the left and its Rateau
La Meije on the left and its Rateau
see the cloud above!
see the cloud above!
a particular cloud and a raindrop …
a particular cloud and a raindrop…