Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Diner in the old part of Montlucon

Montlucon is in Auvergne, centre of France. Small town of 50.000 people, surrounded by countryside and old medieval area. The 'Old Montlucon' goes back to XV th century.

Old narrows streets that have seen horsemen, nights and all kind of activities. Probably also the smell of the local population doing everything they need to do in the streets.

House tax was paid by the area of the house on the ground, so it is common to see the first floor 'cheating' forward. Houses with 3 or 4 floors would use the same solution at each floor, looking like they're going to fall any minute.

Wandering in the 'Old Montlucon' we stopped at a restaurant called 'La vie en rose', for those who like Edith Piaf.

A little walk around the Etang de Sault (Lake)

This is a chateau d'eau (water tower) put at the top of a hill to collect water for local habitants.

This walk in the woods gets us close to the lake.


Finally ! After this month apart dealing with papers and all kind of logistic troubles, Andrea made it to Charles-de-Gaulle airport !
I cannot tell you how impatient and anxious I was, waiting on the other side of the 'Arrivals' door. Until she went through...

Not so much luggage, for a lady...

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Alaska - Hiking in beautiful landscapes

Alaska - Cooking and Washing

A stove and a collection of dehydrated food and nut bars was our main deal in terms of filling up the bellies. Ramens are good, but 5 days of them made us dream (and argue) about the best burger in portland...

To balance the fact that Andrea cooks a lot in portland, I tried to master the pots while hiking. Easier with dehydrated food you will say. Well, you're right.

Not to forget : the heart-warming potion :

Washing :

well, in 5 days in complete natural outdoors (not even a trail for hiking, only map and compass), we had exactly zero shower. That is not counting that experiment with the water bottle :

Our hair-styles also took a big hit :

Alaska - Animals

Owls :

Bears :

Caribous :

Dall Sheep :

Sled dogs :