HomeAboutContact


Exploring Embrun, France




Embrun, an ancient commune of the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes- Côte d'Azur region of La France is also the closest place, with good shops and lots of activities, to Châteauroux, a little village where the alpine home of my host family wass (Sept/Dec '14). 

- It is located at the east side of Lac de Serre-Ponçon, one of the largest artificial lakes in Western Europe, and between the larger towns of Gap and Briançon.
- In stage 17 of the the 2013 Tour de France, it was the starting point for the individual trial.

- It is thought that the cathedral of Embrun, Cathédrale Notre-Dame-du-Réal, is built on the site of a Roman temple or that some of the materials from the temple were used for it.

- There is a farmer's market every Wednesday and Saturday morning, which has cheeses, meats, fruits and veg, traditional pastries, homemade cushions and sheets and soaps.

- It has many old buildings, narrow streets, little cafes and quaint shops as well as being a well-restored, modern town.


 On Saturday 20th September '14, I had planned to meet up with my new Finnish friend, lets call her ‘K’, who had come round for dinner the night before and who was also an au pair. She was so friendly and chatty and (thank goodness) spoke very good English. I found out that some of the issues I had encountered and differences I had come across between my home country and France were similar to those she had faced. It felt so reassuring that I wasn’t alone with how I was feeling as an au pair and now I had someone I could be a tourist with!



I was dropped me off at the lake ‘Plan D’eau’. K and I had talked about going paddle-boarding, but when we went to ask, we were told that they were no longer doing it, (as of ten days ago) due to the weather. But he suggested that we tried the other company further up the lake. A 15 minute walk later, still no luck. This company only hired out during the week due to boat races at the weekends. So K and I walked around the lake and chatted. It was interesting to find that the English and Finnish cultures are a lot more similar to each other than either to the French culture; the times we ate, that most spoke English and in terms of technology, we both had 3G WiFi back home! She gave me some Finnish sweets, Salmiakki, which, after the saltiness, were quite addictive…


A full circle of the lake and back to the start, we chose a place to sit then decided to go for a swim!






It. Was. Cold.

But you did get used to it…after a while.

The water was beautifully clear; it came up to my neck and I could still see all the way down to the bottom!








Such a beautiful place.




We then had a very French lunch; a baguette, pain au chocolats, and some macarons. Yummm!

After we had eaten and air-dried, we walked up to the centre of Embrun.
She told me that her host mum had told her about a little park, Le Roc, which had an amazing view of the Durance Valley. I had actually already been there so led the way. I was more than happy to go there again because the view really is breath-taking - could honestly stay there all day watching the miniature people down below going about their lives, tending to their sheep and their cattle.




Surprisingly to us, most of the shops had now closed, but we were more than happy with just strolling around, looking at the buildings - which were so different to both our home countries.













I'm so glad Embrun was so close to my host family's home, otherwise I probably wouldn't have stumbled on such a beautiful place!
It's definitely true what they say about the road less traveled...






Follow

12 comments:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my goodness! this is so beautiful, It looks like you're having an absolute blast! haha looks amazing. Beautiful photos! :)) Grace Jay x

      www.morethanexist.co

      Delete
    2. Thank you Grace! Ahh yes it was amazing! :)x


      Sorry, accidentally deleted all my comments

      Delete
  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. What a lovely post, really makes me want to go there! And I love the photos. It's great that you met K and have someone to hang out with :)

      AmandaSays

      Delete
    2. Thanks Amanda! :)


      Sorry, accidentally deleted all my comments

      Delete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looks like an amazing place, stunning photos!

      http://www.mintnotion.com

      Delete
    2. Thankyou ! :)


      Sorry, accidentally deleted all my comments

      Delete
  4. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This makes me miss Paris. I went there on a study abroad and totally loved it. I ate so many baguettes, pain au chocolats, and macarons!

      Laura
      https://laurahager.blogspot.com/

      Delete
    2. Ahh macarons are my favourite! :)

      Sorry, accidentally deleted all my comments

      Delete