Boat ride across the amazing river Isère! The water was so clean and St-Marcellin hill was magnificent!!! Plus the royans vercors aqueduct in the backdrop was just too beautiful. Look at that! Was so lucky with the weather too. Royans Vercors Aqueduct was built in 1876, 35m above water across Saint Nazaire and the Bourne lake. It was a huge deal at the time. This large structure did important irrigation work for the region. It was even presented as a hydrological engineering master piece in the Paris World Fair 1878.
I am rather fond of skiing. You know, the graceful movement of ski and lovely landscape. The only bad part is that I am TERRIBLE at it. I fall very gracefully, regularly and move quickly out of the way. Is that good sportsmanship or what? In any case, in the lovely French Alps with my spirit ran high, I decided to ski in the blue lane. Fantastic idea! Cruising along and enjoy the speed… BOOM, SPLAT… crashed into the service station.
Sheer inspiration. Palais Ideal is the embodiment of perseverance. Postman, Ferdinand Cheval, born of humble beginnings with no art education built this in the course of 33 years using only his spare time. Madness has a name too it seems. The late Ferdinand Cheval (1836 to 1924) was just a normal guy and was one day inspired because he tripped over a rock. He kept the rock and found more rocks the following day… What comes next is as per the below pictures.
Harness, maybe some gloves and I was all set! Tarzan time!!! Swing in the trees, crawl inside a barrel, walk on ropes and all the other childhood fantasies sprang into life. The rules were basic. 2 clips and 1 pulley. At all times, there will be at least 1 clip on the line. If the instructors caught you not following this simple rule twice, you will be instructed to leave the property. There were various levels of difficulties – yellow, orange, green, blue, red, black. The higher level ones were VERY high above ground, 10m+, not for people with acrophobia for sure. 20min to 60min courses. Once in the park, can do any many courses as stamina allows.
Contemporary French cuisine experience in the middle of nowhere. Do you know where Saint Alban de Roche is? (I did not) Anyways, chef Romain Hubert is simply brilliant. The dishes are imaginative and a tickle to all the senses – sight, aroma and taste. His artistic flare with flavours and complex cooking method really does pay off. Think foam and paper thin aubergine… His restaurant serves upon appointment only. Just himself and a waitron. More chic and less pompous than the usual French gourmet restaurant.
Breathless, but still want to sing, ‘Climb every mountain’ at 1867m above sea level.