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The Écrins, a wilderness in the French Alps

I left you last week wondering where the next part of our French adventure would lead. I won’t keep you guessing any longer. We loaded up the vehicles and set off to our new location, the Écrins Massif in the Hautes-Alpes. The rock type is more variable here which leads to a different variety of flora.

A couple of hours after setting off, we found a convenient parking area half way up a mountain. We had a lovely picnic lunch in the shadow of a stand of young pine trees next to a river that gurgled and splashed as it rushed its way down the hillside. The call of a Marmot rang across the valley and a pair of Fieldfare flew across to sit in the top of the tallest tree. Read more

The Vercors, a little known treasure trove in southeast France

I hardly know where to begin this week, I have so many photos to share. As I mentioned at the end of my last post I had only a day and a half at home before setting off on the next adventure. This time I headed to Folkstone to meet up with my parents. I left my car on a friend’s drive and we boarded the Eurotunnel bound for the South of France.

We drove down over a couple of days and were due to meet with a Natural History tour group at Lyon. The first half of the tour would explore the Vercors region which is a Limestone massif on the edge of the Alps. Read more