20:03

Dinner in Maison Bonnet, Itxassou. Really great flavours & beautifully presented. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

14:18

Too much fun rolling round countryside like this to stop for pics, but got to last descent of day & thought I should!

14:56

Views from roads around Col Inharpu. Luckily was pretty much deserted - sheep aside wink - as not much space to pass!

12:58

Auberge d'Ahusquy. Spectacular views. Unbelievable food. Enough said.

12:29

Finally up close with wild boar! Luckily seem uninterested in an Indo snack wink *May not actually be wild or boars wink

11:49

Midday stroll up a random hill. What a view! I can see the pub, erm, auberge from here too! Next stop lunch then! smile

11:39

Local horse family came over to say hi as we parked up at this random spot. Not much traffic around as you can guess!

15:53

Late lunch of fish & chi... oh wait, my wife is Asian, fish with spicy rice & potatoes wink Nice rose too. Cheers! smile

13:27

Today's ride: Unbelievably took top 10 Strava spot up a HC climb! Beautiful day for it too. Smiling all the way! smile

20:07

Dinner with the sis again! At one of our local faves. Great food on the terrace. Never disappoints. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

08:28

Spotted (barely!) on today's morning stroll: Camo Horse! A new bread of superhero?? wink

12:06

Happy anniversary to us! smile In town for little drink watching the world go by then great lunch at O2C. Nom, nom, nom!

10:21

Just back from hols mostly riding in mountains & by lakes. What to do? Cycle Lac d'Estaing for more of the same! grin

22:45

Ooooooh... ahhhhhh grin Fireworks & crowds for Bastille Day celebrations, Bagneres-de-Bigorre. Bonne fete nationale! smile

11:40

Small wildflower patch I planted in the lawn. Seems a success? Erm, I think? Is this what it's supposed to look like?

07:23

Beautiful early morning walk in Astugue. If you know where to look, you can see our house from here smile

17:28

Holiday over. 8 hours sorting garden in 32C heat. Mowing & trimming. Phew! Bit scruffy still, but better than it was!

11:24

Obligatory, "We're on a road trip across France in July", picture grin

19:58

Dinner with sis who's more into wine than smiling for a selfie wink Frogs legs, 7hr leg of lamb & soft choco cake. Nom!

13:26

Random rest stop overlooking Viaduc de Garabit. Build by Eiffel (you know, the tower guy) so an historical monument!

12:51

Nice spin in Parc naturel regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Quite a mouthful! But great park could spend more time in.

13:31

Place we fancied for lunch in Charolles full so ate snails, duck & creme brulee in Digoin instead. Could be worse! wink

07:50

Easy morning ride through vineyards & villages of southern Bourgogne. Impressive monastery in Rimont. Lovely area.

20:55

Sunset at Lac de Vaivre. Parked up in a quiet spot by this lake. Very nice & thankful it's still not peak season smile

12:51

In German industrial area picking up snail part. Kebab shop here has huge plate easily enough for 2 & delish! Nom! tongue

10:53

German supermarket. Hallo! Showed great restraint only buying 2 cases. Few bottles of fave weizenbier too. Prost! grin

20:44

Had a wonderful dinner in the town square here in Staufen. Love towns & villages like this. So colourful & historic.

19:15

Huge post-ride dinner of German goodies: Schnitzels, chips, pork & spaetzle. Strudel & of course beer. Hits the spot!

11:34

Today's ride: awesome Black Forest tonne... & a bit! grin Bit toasty (cue obligatory ass sweat picture). Erm, sorry? wink

15:56

In a bakery for dessert: huge slab of layered sponge & cream cake covered in marzipan & chocolate. Unusual & v. good!

13:49

Willkommen in Deutschland! 2 mins after crossing the border sat with a beer, eating schnitzel & pulled pork. Nom! tongue

11:51

Rhine Falls, Europe's largest waterfall (by volume). We were passing so had to have a look, but a little puny TBH tongue

11:49

Laufen Castle by Rhine Falls. There's a restaurant with beautiful terrace here, but it's bit warm for a Sunday roast!

09:45

Time to leave Lake Lucerne... really love this place. Last of the views on the road above Weggis. Tschuss!

10:16

Today's ride. Too spectacular for words! Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, Sattel, Schwyz, Illgau & return. Just wow!

18:02

Evening stroll in Vitznau, Lake Lucerne. Interesting train station here: Rigibahn was 1st mountain railway in Europe.

12:43

Lucky lunch find: amazing Thai buffet. Saw customers having seconds, followed the lead & had 2 plates like this! Yum!

10:59

Random shots from today's instalment of 'Driving Through Switzerland in the Rain'. Bit of a theme forming here!

13:41

Yum lunch from Warung Kecil tongue Amazing so nice & sunny given downpour only 1hr earlier - see clouds up valley behind!

10:09

Grimsel Pass with an Italian champion. Nice! Was gonna do Furka Pass too but torrential rain came & killed that plan!

14:35

Late lunch after a morning's hike. Last of the fresh pasta from Italy sitting under a shady tree. We like it here smile

11:43

Onwards & upwards as they say! Last part of today's hike via Windegghutte. Few chains on this climb. Awesome route!

10:50

The Trift Bridge. Because why wouldn't you build a rope crossing between cliffs above a glacial lake? A. Maze. Ing!!!

09:55

Short & sometimes steep hike up to the Trift Bridge. So lucky it turned out nice smile Sure, this is pretty, but wait...

09:07

Rain forecast, but awoke to blue skies so maybe it's our lucky day? Fingers crossed as we hop in this cute telecabin.

20:22

Stumbled across on this evening's walk: Aareschlucht Ost train station. Sliding doors in side of a mountain. So cool!

20:19

Quite a drive today so short evening walk to get the legs moving. Parked up in Aareschlucht, Switzerland. Very nice!

20:17

Awesome Swiss public BBQ pit. With firewood provided! Right by a spring on small riverside walking trail. Very nice!

15:36

Driving the Susten Pass (2,264m) in rain & fog. You'd think it would suck but: wow! Love me some misty mountains! grin

15:06

Stay on target. Stay on target!!! Erm... I mean... driving the Gotthard tunnel wink Almost 17km long so plenty of this!