After left one car in Larche where we sleep the evening we arrived from Belgium, We take the other car for go to Claviere where our hiking trip realy begin. It take us about twoo ours time. On the way we had the "Col de Vars" and this take time to climb the mountains and go down the other side.
We take a coffee before we go. And so on 10 o clock we start walking. It was a sunny day. We where lucky!
On the way we cross Mongenevre. It's a quiete station at summer but a trendy ski-area.
Of course on the end of july wasn't snow to see, so we choose for walking farther. And oh yes : if you like it you can also play golf (9 hole on 3000m)! The trail we followed, run around it.
The village is situeted on 1860 m high.
However maybe not the highest city of Europe, Briancon did a wonderful job keeping their historical buildings in tact.
The town is divide into two parts, the highest part is also the most beautiful and really worth a visit.
the historical part is called cité Vauban
Cycling up from Briancon will take a lot of your energy but it is really worth it!!! If you take a car, you have to be good to the cyclists!!! The ascent start right from the city of Briancon. From there it is constant uphill, hairpins, and lots of sweatting but it's all worth it... Remember that it's a moutain pass used by the Tour de France...
The most important street is the Grande Gargouille, meaning the great water spouter.
The street own its name of a water stream flooding right in the middle of the street to provide water when there is a fire.
Be careful not to step into this small stream!
The Grande Gorgoulle or Grande rue is the main shopping street of the upper town.
The facades of the shops reminds of a typical architecture of a mountain town.
The most impressive sight seeing inside the wales of cité Vauban is the Notre Dame dates from the 18th century design by Vauban.
This dark ally you see at the picture ends at place du Temple where the Notre Dame is situated.
peek into the church is well worth seeing.
At each side of the portal you will find a sundial.
The bridge was build in 1734: it made of one arch . The arch is 40 m broad . On it , you are 56 m high with the top of the rivier Durance.
The low part is modern, and very different from the upper part. here you find lots of shops and restaurants.
This part is called Ste-Cathérine, here you have a good view at cité Vauban
The upper part of the town has four entrances.
The city gates with east De Porte de la Durance.
North Porte Pigneral, south east Porte D'Embrun and near a large parking area Porte Dauphine.
The descent is scenic, fast, and fabulous. After lots of hard work on the way up, it is time to enjoy and appreciate the views and where you came from...
From the new town walk up the very steep Rue de la Republique to the old town which is fortified and quite picturesque.