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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.
 

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.

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.

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.

Turin Palace Hotel

Turin Palace Hotel

A nice hotel in the city center of Turin. Located a few meters from the central station Porta Nova, by which trains arrive from the Alps (Oulx for the High Alpine ...). The hotel has a really nice spa, ideal for relaxing after a day out in the city center, between shopping or cultural visits.

« 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.

Fartfeulu show at Vallouise Pelvoux (French Alps)

Fartfeulu show at Vallouise Pelvoux (French Alps)

A public show, very visual, at the foot of the resort of Pelvoux-Vallouise on the snow front of the ski resort, warmed the atmosphere for the last day of 2017, just before New Year's Eve. A real success that amazed young and old. Some photos and a video offer a preview of the show.

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.

Blogs and info in the Hautes Alpes

Blogs and info in the Hautes Alpes

To be informed, to keep abreast of what is happening around you out of curiosity or interest. Find ideas, take an interest in others and their environment. We offer you a list of blogs, personal pages, high alpine social networking accounts, which occasionally deserve a little detour. A small list also more traditional local media and information flows available on the internet.

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.

Torino Outlet

Torino Outlet

A new shopping center in the suburbs of Turin will delight fans of shopping whether they are compulsive or casual. Many famous brands are present and offer products at discount prices throughout the year. A small glimpse of the place and potential good deals ...

Fine circulation in Turin

Fine circulation in Turin

Many tourists and visitors, including Italians, major cities of the peninsula have more often than not the very unpleasant surprise to receive tickets several months after their visit. Racket Turin and traffic scams in areas reserved for local residents or lack of information and vigilance of motorists?

Val d'Aoste

Val d'Aoste

A long valley on the other side of Chamonix, just east of Mont Blanc enjoying an Italian Dolce Vita atmosphere. Many centers of interest and natural places more majestic than the others allow you to spend a relaxing or dynamic stay.

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 ....

Turin

Week end in Turin

The capital of Piedmont, Italy, is less than two hours of transport, three maximum, many cities in the Alps (Briançon, Grenoble, Aosta, Nice, Geneva, Albertville, Chambery or Chamonix). It takes no more time to get there from major European cities via Caselle International Airport and Turin. We offer you in this blog article some good addresses, outings unavoidable or visits of interest.

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).

Altitude Jazz Festival 2018

Altitude Jazz Festival 2018

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

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.

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.

French Rivera from the sky

French Rivera from the sky

The French Riviera has attracted the world for over a century. A holiday resort for the European nobility, then the bourgeoisie and finally the largest number, it is a magnificent space, inevitably, heavily occupied by human constructions in its coastal zone. Aerial photos often allow a better understanding of what is happening between Cannes and Menton via Nice and Monaco ...

Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez

Everything was probably said about the Provencal village of Saint Tropez, a former fishing village, nestled in a bay whose waters are protected by the Mistral fervours. The village, like Janus, has two faces, one summer crowded, teeming and the other more serene the rest of the year, except school holidays. We offer you an exploration of virtual visits from the citadel, as well as some images here and there made out of season.

"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).

Forest fires in the Alps

Forest fires in the Alps

Some images from our archives of the impressive forest fire at Vigneaux in the valley of Vallouise in 2003. 2003 was a year of hot weather throughout France but also the theater of many fires in the Paca region. A recent walk under the very airhead Tête d'Amont (Montbrison massif), also visible from the Oreac plateau (see photo HD) gave us the idea to bring out old photos of relief in action, including Canadairs CL 415.

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