Some impressions from Queyras National Parc

This morning we left Abries and actually we wanted to go to the Lacs du Malrif. Besides us there we about 100 other people who choose the same direction for today. By walking in the direction of the lakes we got some impressions of the Queyras - it is very green! Not so much rock, but a lot of grass and flowers. So we walked up along a small church and then through a nice valley along a river. From there it goes up trough grass many hundred metres. But after some hours the sky turned from blue to white and clouds began to form. It looked exactly like one situation where a storm arrived last year! So we both decided that it is better to return. So we walked back the same way we came. At the small church we stopped and had a picnic. By this time the sky was blue again! So we stayed there the rest of the afternoon lying in the sun. Then we went back to Abries and from there we took the bus to Ville Vieille.

Here are some tips when you want to go to the Queyras national park:

  • you will be the only foreigner - 99% of the other people you meet are French
  • you will be treated as a foreigner, like you are coming from Germany you will always be referred to as "Allemand", people are not very helpful to you
  • nobody will ask you if you understand, people will just continue to talk in French, other languages are not accepted
  • accommodation is not very comfortable, we stayed in many mountain huts and simple accommodations before, but the ones here were really bad
  • a lot of grass and green, if you expect rock you better stay on the Italian side around Monviso
  • most of the bus connections you have to reserve 36 hours in advance! otherwise there will only be one bus a day (or even not that), bus time tables and reservations can be found here:
  • it is hard to find food which does not consist of meat, which is not good when you are vegetarian

Ok, maybe this sounds not so good and somehow like discriminating French people, but it was what we experienced.

After three days in France we decided to go back to Italy where we experienced friendly, helpful people.