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Travel

Travel

Ideas of travel through narratives, books, good plans, various and varied advice.
Hiking

Hiking

Walking in the mountains, in the countryside or along the shores. We invite you to discover magical and friendly places to walk.
Culture

Culture

Enriched with beautiful readings, various visits, views, museums...
Alpes Maritimes France

Alpes Maritimes France

The Alps dives into the Mediterranean Sea. Village and culture in a breathtaking natural setting: Vive la Dolce Vita
Aviation

Aviation

Walks in the sky. Heads in the air. With or without motor.
Hautes Alpes France

Hautes Alpes France

Nature in all its splendor. Summits that project into a crystalline blue sky and limpid.
 

Winter hike in Oréac

Winter hike in Oréac

A nice ski touring ride, in sealskin (synthetic) or snowshoe to discover a preserved place with a breathtaking panorama of Vallouise (French Alps)

Refuge des Bans

Walk to the refuge des Bans

An accessible hike in a magical environment of wild mountains will take you to the refuge des Bans, hidden deep in the valley of the Vallouise. Discovery in 360 ° virtual tours and video ...

Golden Eagle in the Ecrins massif (French Alps)

Golden Eagle in the Ecrins massif (French Alps)

The golden eagle often hangs over our heads without us taking the time to see it. Magnificent bird of prey, formidable aerial predator, the beautiful bird is observed in all seasons in the Ecrins massif and the Hautes-Alpes. Its large size distinguishes it from simple nozzles.

Abbey of Boscodon

Abbey of Boscodon

Does the place deserve a detour? What about the recent and new so-called scenographic part that adds an educational aspect to the place? The religious building is located near the lake of Serre Ponçon between Gap and Briançon in the Hautes-Alpes. We offer some pictures and info, including the new museum part.

Pelvoux Vallouise Ski Resort

Ski Pelvoux Vallouise

A medium-sized resort nestling at the foot of the Ecrins massif, and the National Park of the same name, awaits you for the practice of winter sports. We offer a full description, photos, videos but also a full HD virtual tour of the alpine ski resort.

Covered walkways in Turin

Covered walkways in Turin

Like many cities, Paris for example, Turin has several covered passages. We have counted four and offer to visit them through virtual 360-degree panoramic tours. These galleries of Turin, variously arranged, offer a covered place in the shelter of the precipitations the winter and the heat in summer.

« Sonita » Film

"Sonita" film by director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

We recommend this beautiful documentary "Sonita", story of a young Afghan girl (Sonita Alizadeh) refugee in Iran and helped by an association providing assistance to child street workers in Tehran. This is a true story, filmed on the shoulder, with few resources and shows the journey of a teenager, brimming with life, facing obscurantism.

Altitude Jazz Festival

Altitude Jazz Festival

A beautiful twelfth edition of the Jazz Festival of the Briancon Valley. Atmosphere of celebration, beautiful lights, viewers swaying to the rhythms of music. We offer you some pictures of a small selection of concerts we had the chance to wait.

Maison du Soleil in Saint-Véran

Sun museum at Saint-Véran

The House of the Sun in Saint Véran is worth the detour. The venue has several high-performance instruments allowing live solar observations. A short video presents the places in the depths of Queyras.

An early spring in Copenhagen

Spring in Copenhagen

Some pictures of the beautiful Danish capital in the form of video and photos. Denmark has just under 6 million inhabitants, a tenth of which live in Copenhagen. You are here at 55 ° lattitude North, the arrival of the beautiful days free minds and bodies eager to bask in the sun.

"Sapiens a brief history of humanity" by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens book

An exciting book, "best seller" worldwide, which undertakes in 500 pages to trace the history of humanity, the first traces of life to the present day and even after. The particularly didactic and clear book allows to group, to condense the history of human evolution. A real happiness for those who were lost in the dates and key moments of evolution. We will try in this article to offer you a digest of the book. A sort of attempt at a "brief summary" of a "brief history of humanity"!

Resistance to the Maquis de Beassac and Célestin Freinet

Resistance to the Maquis de Beassac and Célestin Freinet

Emmanuel Saint Fuscien (Doctor in Contemporary History and Lecturer at EHESS) devotes an interesting book to Freinet, under the title "A teatcher at war". Célestin Freinet, whose theses, in a few words, consist in putting the student at the center of learning, lived in Vallouise a few years at the end of the Second World War. His wife Elise Lagier Bruno being from the beautiful high alpine valley. He previously lived in the south of France, campaigned in the communist movement of the Alpes Maritimes and participated in the two world wars of the 20 th century.

The Great Vallouise Festival

Vallouise party

Some pictures (photos and video) of the beautiful popular festival of Vallouise. A friendly and family atmosphere for two days of festivity for the pleasure of holidaymakers, high alpine and Vallouise inhabitant.

Vallouise open-air market

Vallouise open-air market

Short walk to the outdoor market of Vallouise (all Thursdays) in the Hautes-Alpes (France). Quite confidential out of summer tourist season, it attracts the crowd in July and August. Meeting place as much as buying space ...

Ibex of the Cerces (French Alps)

Ibex of the Cerces (French Alps)

The ibex des Cerces is observed either from Hautes Guisane, in Briançonnais country, or from the beautiful wild valley of Clarée (Névache). The animal, always placid, except during the period of rut, seems to come straight from prehistory and is easily approached. Which is not a reason to disturb him. Some tips, photos and a video of the big goat (Capra ibex).

Air Rescue of the Gendarmerie (DAG) of Briançon (France), PGHM and CRS mountain

Helicopter rescue PGHM Briançon French Alps

A few drops of blood pearled from his right ear. Straight leg as disarticulated, the axis of the pelvis more than 60 ° of the shoulders. One eye slightly open and the other closed, flickering lips. Irregular moans, like a protest. It's nice, very beautiful. The azure sky could suggest a beautiful summer day but an unbearable drama shoots the atmosphere ...

Panorama of the Écrins massif

Panorama of the Écrins massif

We offer two high-definition images of the Écrins massif, facing Hautes Alpes, from around the Janus summit in the commune of Montgenèvre. The area just above the Gondrans chalets, aptly named, is called the "Observatory". Location accessible in winter from the ski slopes of Montgenèvre resort. Many high peaks point their peaks in the sky, easily identifiable from the sources of the Durance.

Café Baratti & Milano in Turin

Café Baratti & Milano in Turin

A nice tea room in the center of Turin between Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto is worth a stop for a pastry or tea. A perfect place to get away for a few moments from the tumult and liveliness of the beautiful capital of Piedmont.

Museo d'arte orientale

Museo d'arte orientale Torino

The Oriental Art Museum (MAO) of Turin deserves to be better known. The place is located in a quiet lane, not far from the large open-air market of the city in the area of the "Porta Palazzo" and the Umberto I covered gallery. Several floors allow visitors beautiful cultural discoveries in the form of showcases exhibiting objects, figurines, paintings, sculptures and frescoes of large sizes etc ....

Freinet days in Vallouise

Freinet days in Vallouise May 2018

 Celestin and Elise Freinet lived in Vallouise during the second world. A symposium, seminar is held with conferences, films and exhibitions on the subject from 8 to 10 May 2018. Discover the program of this event (exhibitions, films, debates, conferences).

Hautes-Alpes Weather

France Hautes-Alpes Weather Links

The Hautes-Alpes allow a multitude of outdoor activities, most often playful. Many professional activities also depend on the weather. We offer some online forecasting tools but also elements of understanding the top Alpine weather. Indications and information on the web will allow you to establish your own forecasts on the very short term.

Small train and panorama on the Swiss Alps

Panorama of the Swiss Alps from Brienzer Rothorn

The summit, at only 2351 meters above sea level, offers a panoramic view of Lake Brienz, Interlaken but also on many northern faces of the Swiss Alps, more precisely on the Bernese Alps. A nice little train will avoid any muscular fatigue while a café restaurant will allow you to admire the panorama comfortably seated.

Mountain helicopter aerial work

Mountain helicopter aerial work

Two or three times a year, mountain refuges use the mechanical power of the helicopter to climb altitudes of food and materials of all kinds. In a few minutes of flight the helicopter routes which will accommodate tourists, mountaineers and mountain climbers in shelters perched in the mountains, real guardians of the peaks. A short video shows you aerial ballet in action.

Hiking at Mont Guillaume

Mont Guillaume

A hike over the artificial lake of Serre Ponçon to enjoy a panoramic view of Embrun, the turquoise waters of the lake, Savines Lake, Gap and hillsides, the Orres ski resort but also the Grand Morgon almost at hand. The summit hosts a massive stone chapel that seems to have been built to cope with the swiftest windstorms.

"Razzia" film by Nabil Ayouch

"Razzia" film by Nabil Ayouch

Razzia a powerful and intelligent movie. Through this film, the director and screenwriter tells us about the evolution and tightness of societies. The realization, the actor and the photography as well as the scenario are particularly successful. We were lucky in our end of the alpine world, in Briançon on October 27, 2017 at the cinema l'Eden, to be able to attend a preview screening of the film ... several months before its official release (Release date : March 14 2018).

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