The journey home
At the end of our time in Samoens it is time to head home. We intend taking it a bit more slowly than the two day dash down here, so our first stop has been planned for Langres. It’s one of these places we have meant to visit before, partly because being close to the autoroute it’s somewhere we have passed close to on many occasions over they years, and partly also because it looks an interesting town worth a visit.
Thankfully our journey from Samoens is not nearly
The village of Samoens is about an hour south east of Geneva. It is reached by a short, fairly steep drive up a winding, but not narrow, road from the A40 autoroute. There isn’t any snow on our approach, or in Samoens itself, except for the remains of some piles of snow that have been cleared from roads and car parks. Having driven in the Alps a number of times at this time of year, I didn’t expect any serious snow at this level, but of course it can happen.
We were due to sail from Newcastle on Easter Saturday, and although we can easily drive there from our home in time for the ferry, we decided to leave home on Good Friday and spend that night at the CC Yellowcraigs site at North Berwick. That way our first night in the van would be fairly near to home, although had there been anything wrong there wouldn’t have been a lot of time to do much about it.
The journey was fine, no problems going round Edinburgh, and we got there late afternoon.
We usually go skiing at the end of March or in early April – we’re tied to the school holidays as my wife is a teacher – but for a variety of reasons this year we hadn’t got anything organised. One of the reasons was the fact that we had ordered a new caravan – a Bailey Unicorn Valencia – that was due for delivery in March. This impacted our skiing plans in a couple of ways. First, twenty grand or so made a pretty big hole in the available funds, and secondly, having spent that on a new ca