Dauphiné

Dauphiné is a former independant province of the French Alps, located along the italian border. The original state was established during the Holy Roman Empire and retained some autonomy from France until 1457. It is comprised of three departements : Drôme, Isère and Hautes Alpes. We stayed in the latter, around the town of Briançon, between the Ecrins and Queyras, 10 km from Italy.

The Ecrins

 The Ecrins

Les Ecrins is a mountain range and also the name of one of France's national parks. The range has a whole series of summits above 3000m (9000 feet), the highest one being the Barre des Ecrins. The...

Galibier pass

 Galibier pass

Located above the Lautaret pass the Galibier pass reaches an altitude of 2642m (8667 feet). It is well know to cyclists as the pass is one of the mytical areas of the Tour de France.

La Grave area

 La Grave area

Facing a high mountain chain including la Meije, the village of la Grave is located in a picturesque area. The smaller villages of le Chazelet, les Terrasses, Ventelon, les Hières are even more...