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Tour de Ruan

After last year’s big vacation to Thailand, I picked something less extraordinary as summer vacation: A hiking trip in the Alps. More specifically, a friend of mine and I went on a five day long hiking trip in the border region of Switzerland and France, the so-called Tour de Ruan. Instead of doing several day trips like we did two years ago, this time we chose one big round-trip tour where we stayed in refuges over night.

We started at the Lac d’ Emosson at nearly 2.000 m. From there on we went to the highest point of the tour, the Cheval Blanc (2.830 m) right on the first day. The three refuges were located at about 2.000 m and in between them we either hat to walk through valleys or over passes. Luckily, it did not rain while we were in the mountains. It did snow a bit on the first day, though. In addition to several snow fields we crossed, we even walked through fresh snow on the way to the first pass on our last day. Apart from experiencing beautiful views to the surrounding mountains we also saw various animals, like alpine ibexes (Steinböcke), chamois (Gämsen) and marmots (Murmeltiere).

While we originally planned to do a four day trip, we spontaneously decided to stay one day longer at our third refuge, the Auberge de Salanfe. There we could just enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and at the same time let our joints recover from the previous strenuous days. With renewed strength we then could complete the fourth stage of our tour which brought us back to our starting point and the end of this wonderful hiking trip.

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First stop on the Tour de Ruan with view on the starting point, Lac d'Emosson.

First stop on the Tour de Ruan with view to the starting point, Lac d’Emosson.


It is Spring time, and with that it is time for some color again! Now with my recent advances into analog photography, I do not have current pictures at the hand right now. However, I browsed through my older files and stumbled upon something that should fit perfectly right now.

Just a year ago on the first of May, the German Labor Day, I attended the “Weinlagenwanderung”. This is a very popular hiking trip around the area of Weinheim where thousands of people go for a hike and—maybe more importantly—taste all kinds of wine that is sold along the way. You normally start quite early with the tour, so around noon we all were quite exhausted already. We did not complete the whole tour, but we had fun spending the whole day in nature. And as you can see from the pictures, we were all but alone on our way.

Unfortunately, tomorrow I will not be able to attend the tour again. Instead, I am going to Nice, France, for another weekend trip! So if the weather is good there (and I hope it will be), you can expect more pictures of Spring time in France soon.

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