|Grenoble from the mountains|
|The whole group for the day!|
Lauren, Nate, Doug
Me, Holly, Hannah
|That wooden structure was the ski jump!|
|Pretty church in the mountains.|
|The hotel-restaurant we ate lunch at.|
So what you see here is ice cream cake with an in-house-made merengue bottom, three layers of ice cream (raspberry, blackberry and vanilla) and the best not-disgustingly-sweet frosting I've ever had. Nate got a Chartreuse ice-cream thing that was also really good, but Chartreuse is still not my favorite so I wasn't sad about my choice at all. But I am sad about my apparent decision to not take a photo of the other dessert, cause it was super pretty too! Ah, well, c'est la vie.
|Panorama of the view at the overlook we stopped at|
|The ruins of the village, along with the still-standing church.|
|smiling extra big cause we're the best friends forever (& cause the mountains are so pretty)|
(Nate and me)
|First large cavern. Huge beautiful pool of water.|
|Yeah, you're looking straight through the water at the bottom of the pool. Like I said: the water was like glass. Amazing.|
|More crazy-clear water. I still can't get over it.|
|I loved this part - the rocks look like people are carved there! But its all just the natural eroding and building of the cave all on its own. Nature is so cool, y'all.|
So yeah, the cave was beautiful. It made me want to go to caves in the States, partly because I want to get to know my own country better, and partly because it would be really nice to understand everything being said about them! Cause you know, I like learning and stuff. But I still so enjoyed this one - the stalactites truly looked like crystals, it was just stunning.
After the cave, we drove through a few other mountain villages on our way back towards Grenoble. One that we stopped in, Pont-en-Rayons, I know you would have never left, Mom! It was just this tiny little thing all situated around the river. The scenery was lovely and the temperature was even better. Not a whole lot to say because we didn't do much but look around, but the pictures are more than worth sharing:
|Look, Mom, I saw an apartment for sale! :)|
|View at the chateau ruins; you can see what remains of the fortress wall on the right.|
|Wall still standing of the private chapel.|
That darker grey base is over 3ft high,
to give you a point of reference for
the sheer size of the thing.
It is believed that was the alter.