Travel: La Route des Grandes Alpes

I'm back in Paris for a day, washing dirty clothes and repacking for our next holiday (Corfu, Greece), after spending a week riding along the Route des Grandes Alpes.

La Route des Grandes Alpes is a 680km journey that starts from Thonon-les-Bains, which sits just beside Lac Léman (a lake that is France on one side and Switzerland on the other) and ends at Menton, on the French Riviera. Rémi and I rode for a little bit longer, kicking off our journey at Lake Geneva and ending it by passing through Monaco to wind up in Nice. (That's not to mention the driving Rémi did from Paris to Geneva, and, as I write this, from Nice back to Paris. I took the train, in case you're curious.)

It was, to say the least, a journey as diverse as it was beautiful, starting in the lush fields of Switzerland and passing through quintessential villages, alpine forests and fields of wildflowers, then going higher, where land was bare and etched with dry grooves caused by the running, melting snow of seasons before, and then progressing further south, where the air was warmer and the landscape dryer, zooming by brick-red cliffs and olive trees until reaching the French Riviera.

I feel like that for every photo I took, there were at least 10 that I didn't - each photo required stopping the motorbike and, as you can imagine, I didn't feel like doing that all of the time. Here is some of what I was able to capture, anyway.

If you're not a fan of motorbikes, note that you can also do the Route des Grandes Alpes by car, bicycle, foot and, as I saw one brave woman do, by roller-skiing.