Articles avec #vosges tag
When daffodils are blooming, we feel spring has arrived. Their yellow colour is so bright that you can't miss them when walking around.
Here, not far from Nancy, we find them in or near the woods, in clearings. In the Vosges you can discover them in meadows.
Near Gérardmer, there are so many to pick. The town organizes every other year a parade called Fête des Jonquilles with floats covered with daffodils. People are even invited to come the day before the parade to help put the flowers on the floats. And school children used to go with their teachers to pick the flowers the last days before the event (I don't know if they still do it nowadays).
So the parade in Gérardmer will happen next week attracting a lot of people. It is really beautiful, colourful and certainly a good way to celebrate the new spring with a Daffodil's Festival.
After having lunch at La Schlucht, we drove further on la Route des Crêtes and headed towards le Grand Ballon to enjoy the view from the highest point of the Vosges, altitude : 1424 meters.
The previous times we had stopped there, we only had a drink in the restaurant near the road. This time we walked up the path to the top. It is not a difficult walk, and not a long one either, I would say about one kilometer.
The view from the parking place towards the mountains of Black Forest was good but, of course, the more you walk up to le Grand Ballon the better it is. You can admire Alsace stuck between the two ranges of mountains. The long Rhine River is there but, unless you know some landmarks, it is not possible to be sure where exactly.
When at the top, we discovered the monument dedicated to the WWI Diables Bleus and the radar used by Mulhouse-Basel airport. A pity it was a bit misty, we could not see the Alps, only the Jura mountains on the south-east side. We stayed there for a while, relaxing, and appreciating the view, the calm atmosphere and also lower temperatures than down in Lorraine on this day.
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.
Babayaga was the idea of Sidonie Hollard. The artist has found a way to attract people and the Vosges département has agreed with this project.
In 2013, 440 people knitted pieces of wool, using 3720 balls, to cover a second-hand trailer. It was the first part of the project, people working together to create something new.
And the new vehicle was called Babayaga.
Then Babayaga travelled from village to village to give information about the Vosges département, its council and to do social action.
We saw Babayaga in Goviller (Meurthe-et-Moselle) two weeks ago. It is... unusual, a bit funny with all these bright colours, I think. For sure, you can't miss it when you see it.
It was so hot near Nancy a few weeks ago that it was a relief to go to the mountains. We stopped in Réhaupal to meet our cousins, then went to Gérardmer and ended up on the Route des Crêtes.
There it was hardly cooler, I should say it was "less hot". But, in spite of the temperature, it was pleasant. It was greener than down in the valley, peaceful and relaxing.
We walked to an auberge, an inn where people were having a drink after a tour around, a place to look at the mountains trying to recognize them.
When we walked near these cows, we looked for some Vosgian ones. They are different, black colour on the body but smaller and more numerous black spots near and on the head. There is one standing but it definitely refused to face my camera ! (I will try to find others during another trip in the Vosges.)
It is beautiful, isn't it ?This area, not far from Le Hohneck, is always worth going, in any season.