Marriage put an end to the petrolhead holidays in France, but in June 1963, the parents went to France on their honeymoon, ambling around the Alps and the Loire.
When the French say “chausee deformee”, they really mean it!

La Grave. The parents stayed here for a few days, SWMBO and myself went a couple of times in the early 2000s, and in 2008, the whole family went back (see previous posting). Looking at this photo now, we reckon that the low building is the restaurant for La Meijette, the hotel we stayed at in 2008. It looks like my parents stayed back up the road, possibly in the Hotel des Alpes.

This is down in the valley, by the Romanche river. I’ve been down to the same spot myself, and that water is bloody cold!
While my parents were in La Grave, the Alpine Rally “just happened” to pass through town.
Hmmm, coincidence or planned? We shall never know.

And from the Loire, Azay-le-Rideau.

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