Date of visit: May 7, 2012, around 3:00 p.m.
We’ve been touring this beautiful village for three years, and this village, Saint-Véran, is probably the most difficult to reach.
It is a beautiful village that is located just over an hour from Briançon, near the Italian border, but you have to follow a steep mountain road at an altitude of over 2,000 meters.
Nevertheless, the road to here is very wonderful. A drive with spectacular views of the Alps.
However, as I wrote in my blog before, after passing through Briançon, I tried to go through the blocked road and had to turn back.
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Fortunately, however, we were able to use a road that headed south and then northeast again.
We lost a significant amount of time, over an hour, because we had to go back to Briançon again from the blocked road….
So we took the southbound route to Saint-Velain because we had limited time.
On the way, there was such a nice castle, but I gave up to see it…. I stopped the car and took only a picture.
There were many twists and turns, but we managed to arrive at our destination before 3pm.
It was a beautiful day, but the air was cool because the altitude was over 2,000 meters. Even so, it was the hottest time of the day, so short sleeves were enough to spend the day in the direct sunlight.
Well, needless to say, it is a beautiful village located at the highest altitude among the villages I have visited so far, and La Grave which I visited just before was the same, but I was impressed by the wooden houses rather than the stone houses which can be said to be a standard in a sense in beautiful villages.
Do you feel that wooden houses are more prominent?
It may be because of the time of day, but it was also impressive that there were tourists rather. It’s not an easy place to visit, but it may be famous in its own right.
Come to think of it, the accommodation facilities also seemed to be well-equipped for the size of the village.
It was a very difficult village to reach, but it was still a very nice village that rewarded our efforts to visit.
Well, we really wanted to visit one more village, but we lost a lot of time, so this was the end of our tour of beautiful villages today. After this, a long drive to Turin, Italy, where we had booked a hotel, was waiting for us. Phew….