Wednesday, 7 August 2013

DRIVE TO VOLCANO GITE!04/08/13

This was a great day and drive.photos soon
We were heading for the GITE DU VOLCAN,our lodge at the base of PITON DE LA FOURNAISE.
Love the grand sounding french titles
So otherwise LE VOLCAN,the volcano.
Set off in our little french diesel car,down the scenic freeway,to st pierre,then headed inland,going uphill.from the indian ocean scenary,to sugarcane hills,with little villages.
Stopped to get baguette,and also bought a bbq chicken,cooked on outdoor oven. - both together so nice for lunch,altho chicken so salty,typical of most creole food ,we found.
We found the little diesel so suited for the steep ,narrow mountain roads with hairpin bends.
Then we went through a lovely alpine forest of stately pines,above which was another distinct layer of scenary....
Alpine meadows,of lush green grass,with well fed french cattle,above which...
We came to the volcanic scenary,stopping at le crater commensure ,a large hole in ground,with fast moving cloud and a rainbow.
Then stopped at signpost and viewpoint,BELVEDEREdu NEZ de BOEUF( not sure what it means but sounds great) for fabulous views over PLAINE DES SABLES,a wide windswept red plain made of ashes,with descending cloud and another rainbow,and the main volcano crater,and the outer crater and our road,across to ....
our  gite.now sunset and raining and cold.so glad to find our dorm,get back to dining room,predinner DODO beers,write a few postcards.
Communal meal,sit where nametag is.free rum and best food of gites.early night

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