Riding up Col de l’Iseran

Yesterday Nina and I decided to benefit from more cloudless sky and ride up to the Col de l’Iseran (Iseran Pass) that connects Val d’Isère – the famous posh winter sports resort) and the Maurienne Valley and Modane on the other side. It was HOT in the valleys, up to 30 C, and fresh up on the pass which is up at 2770 m elevation (9087 feet). Not high to US standards, but wait….. the roads up aren’t the same as in the US either *grin*. If you have any doubt about your ability to ride straight while having a…

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Col de la Madeleine

Collected here is a small series of photos of the Col de la Madeleine. The photos were made in 2005 and 2006. Col de la Madeleine is one of the more challenging ‘cols’ (or mountain passes) with rather narrow roads on the east side. The hairpins are not too difficult, but there are quite a few places where there is hardly room for a motorbike AND a car to pass each other. The east side of the pass (we usually go UP on that side) is the steepest and narrowest, climbing up from the valley that connects Albertville with the…

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Back in the saddle soon

This is the first winter that I haven’t started the BMW(‘s). Shame on me ! And we did not even HAVE a winter in the sense of cold, ice and snow. Haven’t seen any of it. But since we returned from France last September we have been in some (partly self-inflicted) turmoil, now resulting in buying a house in the beautiful green heart of Italy, the province of Umbria…… and having to sell our lovely little place in France! (Interested? check it out here!) Everything together, including a lot of other things and projects both business and private, have kept…

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Hotel Belvédère on the Pt. Saint Bernard Pass road

On the main connection between France and Italy in the eastern Alps, connecting the French Tarantaise region with the Italian Aosta Valley, lies this wonderfully equipped, motor-friendly hotel ! As you may remember, Nina and I checked them out earlier this year to get them their Motorrad-Tourer certificate of quality. And since we check upon the ‘partners’ once in a while, I found this nice Youtube video of the restaurant and breakfast room for you ! We also noticed that the new ‘motor cover’ has been finished, so now there is even more covered parking space for our stallions! I’ve…

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French Rules – for UK Riders

Via one of our valued contacts we got THIS LINK outlining ‘what’s different’ in France. Well, regarding motoring laws and such…… we could fill 3 entire websites if we’d that that too literally … *grin*. Especially about the breathalysers, ethylotests, alcohol testers or whatever else you may want to call them, be aware that The Police – aka Les Gendarmes – will only start writing tickets to foreigners after November 1st ! Until then you can play innocent. ALSO because the bloody things cannot be found anywhere to buy in the country ! ‘Sold out’! Yeah, right. I got an…

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First Video Attempt

I am a photographer and really s**k at making video, but since this is our vacation and I happen to have a copy of Camtasia…. AND a ContourHD helmet camera, I figured I might as well upload my ‘doings’ anyway and share some of the awesome places we ride at! This first little video shows us riding through the ski resort of Méribel in the French Alps (Savoie region), down to our place in the small village of Les Allues. No need to watch it all….. I took out the sound because the camera has a fault in sound recording………

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