So here are several “catch-up” blog entries with photos from our trip. You may have to click "Older Posts" at the bottom of this page in order to see them all. I’m going to load these in “backwards” order as an experiment so hopefully everyone can read them chronologically.
Starting with... the Refuge de Rosuel. This was our accommodation at the end of Day 5 of the GTA (2006 and 2008). We enjoyed it there very much and wanted to go back again to soak in the beauty of the surroundings without the pressure of the race. It turns out that part of what makes it special is having a group of 35 fellow runners and friends there with you. So the refuge itself seemed dark and quiet. But the valley around it was still spectacular.
We were so very lucky to be sitting in the right place at the right time to see a rainbow IN A WATERFALL from the refuge parking lot. Not sure if this photo will show it very clearly, but here goes:
And a photo of the magic that is Rosuel and the area of the Parc de la Vanoise:
The refuge itself:
A neighborhood sign we happened to catch sight of: