As the hottest day of the week was planned on Wednesday, we drove to the Vosges mountains to enjoy a trip on the Route des Crêtes and try to avoid the heat.
We stopped for our lunch at Col de la Schlucht (pronounce "schlurrt"), a pass at an altitude of 1139 meters. It is one of the main ways to go from Lorraine to Alsace, but we were driving on the perpendicular road to stay on the tops.
In summer people go hiking there or enjoy the long toboggan near the pistes. In winter it is a famous place for skiing. And it is always very crowded during winter holidays, a bit less in summer.
A big milestone shows the limit between the département called Vosges in Lorraine and the one called Haut-Rhin in Alsace. The first road was built around 1860 to welcome the French Emperor, Napoleon III. Before that, the road was more a private one going to a house where hunters used to meet.
From this milestone, by walking a bit down on the road towards Alsace, it is possible to see the highest mountains and more of the ski pistes.
But we wanted to driver further to try to get a bit of cooler air. So we left towards le Grand Ballon at the beginning of the afternoon.
Time has gone so quickly, and lilac time too. I wanted to write this article much earlier but, well, I have done something else. I have also waited for a better weather as, this year, Lorraine's spring has been particularly wet. We have had summer time, about 5 days, and I think we are now facing autumn ! Just kidding ! This is the usual July weather or nearly.
When we were in the Jardin Botanique of Nancy, I really enjoyed all these trees, with their colours going from white to dark purple, and the smell... In fact, I thought that each tree or bush smells so good and I realized that a few trees didn't smell or just a bit. But the flowers were beautiful.
Lilac trees are all on one side of the Jardin Botanique of Nancy. I think there are about 200 sorts there, a scientist has made the collection. It is worth a visit when all are blooming.