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Here are some ideas for high-altitude picnics, with a view that you will remember long after the final crumbs have been swept away. You’ll find grassy slopes for doing somersaults and plenty of altitude sun to help you digest the fine Oisans produce.
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These picnics go particularly well with fresh local bread, goats’ cheese from the market and a blueberry tart. 1 - The Col du Sabot, 2,100m This historic pass was once the crossing point over to the Savoie region (in local patois, Sabot, “Sabadia”, means Savoie) and is now somewhat neglected in favour of its big brother, the Croix de Fer. It has an amazing view over the Grandes Rousses massif. You could also stop off in the village of Vaujany to visit the wildlife museum (Maison de la Faune) and the Heritage Centre (Espace Patrimoine) (infos page 14), before plunging into the swimming pool at the Espace Loisirs, going to the ice rink or playing bowling. 2 - The Col de Sarenne, 1,999m From the Sarenne to the Ferrand valley, this pass embraces a large part of Oisans. The road there is lovely and the view from the top, majestic. Pack your picnic basket now! Marmots and chamois abound for nature-lovers, with orange lilies and gentians in abundance for flower enthusiasts. Not forgetting amateur crystalhunters, who may find a few gems… Stop off at the Bergerie du col de Sarenne, where you can buy a range of goats’ cheeses to add to your picnic basket (infos page 34). 3 - The Pic Blanc, 3,300m Taking your backpack up to an altitude of 3,000m to feast your eyes on the astounding view from the terrace of the Pic Blanc, now that’s really gaining height! The 360º view, awarded 3 stars by the Michelin guide, covers a fifth of the French territory in clear weather. Access is via cable car from Alpe d’Huez (infos page 20). 4 - The Emparis plateau, 2,250m The vast grassy area of the Emparis plateau, with its balcony turned resolutely towards the Meije, is definitely one of the world’s greatest picnic tables! Indeed, this place is a protected area, with only birdsong and the stubborn chomping of a thousand sheep to disturb the tranquillity of this haven of peace, an ideal site for a long afternoon nap (infos page 36). 5 - On the road to Auris en Oisans, 1,550m : Park the car 1km before Auris en Oisans, at the junction with the farm track. A welcoming bench sits next to the little chapel that hangs over the road. The view over the Meije glaciers and Les 2 Alpes is superb! 6 - On the road to Le Chazelet, 1,834m : leaving the village of La Grave, take the RD 33 towards Le Chazelet. Go through Ventelon (from the chapel, you can admire the Meije from a different angle) and Les Terrasses, then on the left, in the bend, you can discover a magnificent viewpoint over the Meije massif from the Ororatoire du Chazelet, awarded 3 stars by the Michelin Green Guide. On your right, at 1,834 m, you can visit the new panoramic table, the Table d’orientation des Portes. Carry on to the village of Le Chazelet, celebrated for its lofts, chard, bread oven and sundials. On Mondays and Fridays, between 3 and 6 pm, come and listen to the former schoolteacher recounting the history of life in the village.
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