Tour de France Grand Massif July 2006

As an enthusiast in watching the Tour de France we visited Les Carroz for a summer holiday in July 2006.Did the telcabine to the top of Flaine to discover snow still at the top

Flaine snow July 2006

View at the summit of Flaine

A walk down to the village at 1600m with a picnic half way down was a fantastic way to spend a day. The scenery was spectacular with snow covered mountains and wild flowers.

Wild flowers on lower slopes at Flaine

Wild flowers as decending to 1600m

The circus came to town inb Les Carroz but we did not see Papa Lazaroux!

Circus in Les Carroz, Grand Massif

Circus in Les Carroz, Grand Massif

A wonderful sunny day with temperatures at 20 C was the setting for our walk from the cirque at Sixt fer Cheval; up past waterfalls, alongside the fast flowing streams that feed the Giffre river.

Walk at Sixt fer Cheval

Walk at Sixt fer Cheval

Walking at Sixt fer Cheval

Spectacular waterfalls seen on the walk

Watched the Tour de France as it sped past.

Tour de France in Grand Massif

Tour de France July 2006 mountain stages

The atmosphere was wonderful. We made it a day out with collapsible chairs, picnic and wine. All around the locals and tourists were chatting and excitement built-up as we awaited the Pelaton. It was this stage 17 from St Jean de Maurienne to Morzine (200 km) that Floyd Landis broke ahead finished stage winner but was later disqualified.

Next time the Tour is anywhere near the Grand Massif I’ll be arranging a vacation.

Surprise visitors whilst having breakfast on the balcony; a lesuire flight of a hot air balloon narrowly missed the roof of a nearby chalet and landed below the apartment.

Hot air balloon near apartment

Hot air balloon in Les Carroz

Some walking, good food and wine and the Tour de France, a fantastic way to complete a week of mountain activities, relaxation and socialising.