Monday walk…Le Grand Ballon

Posted: May 4, 2020 in Monday walk
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I had an idea that I’d take you on a grand walk through the Vosges via postcards this week but I’d forgotten that it’s pretty much impossible to get perfect shots of postcards. Their shiny surface frustrates all attempts at clariy. However, I soldiered on, but you can always pretend they’re slightly old postcards if you like. Although I have photos of this area, I thought the postcards would be fun for a change.

The Grand Ballon (great mountain) is the highest mountain the the Vosges and can be seen from miles around.

There are several lovely lakes in this area, good for recreation as well as just adding to the scenery.

From the Grand Ballon as well as from the Hohneck, the third highest mountain in the Vosges, where I’ve been twice, if the day is clear, you have a view of the Swiss Alps and possibly even Mont Blanc. As the movie title says, “On a clear day, you can see forever”, and what a view it is!

Here’s another beautiful lake. I used this link, in French, because it has more information and photos, but you can go to the left side at the bottom and change the article to English.

Vosgienne cows, with their distinct, beautiful coloring, are perfectly suited for the mountains. Originally used as work animals, they’re now providers of the milk used for Munster cheese.

I’m sure we can find a pastry or two at a bakery on the way home to make up for all the calories you burned on the walk. Take a last, long look and we’ll be on our way.

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. Sue says:

    Oh, fab….I went to that part of Alsace nearly 20 years ago…..

  2. carylbeach says:

    It looks beautiful…and that pastry sounds very tempting!

    • The pastries are wonderful and not too sweet for the most part, but being in the the mountains is infinitely better. Of course if you can have both…


  3. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely idea. And a very bracing walk. Now, about that pastry …

  4. Ally Bean says:

    Nice cows. I’ve never tried to photograph post cards and now I’m curious to see what happens when I do. Thanks for the idea.

  5. restlessjo says:

    The postcards have a lovely misty look to them, Janet. I’m just wading my way through an army of them I brought with me from the UK. Many are out of order and it’s one step forward 6 back, but they tell a lot of stories. I have tried scanning them on previous occasions, with varying success. Thanks for walking with me 🙂 🙂

    • Some of them are actually a bit misty, but I thought it would be fun to try something different, just didn’t want to spend hours trying for the very last bit of sharpness. 🙂

  6. Dan Antion says:

    Phew, I burned a few calories there 🙂

    You did a great job getting the photos.

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    Worthy of a “wish you were here!” sign-off at the end

  8. Lovely walk, but it also brought back good memories of those days when I bought postcards and sent them to special folks. Simple and fun times, so thanks for the memories in this very not so simple time.

    • My pleasure, Judy. Just last week I sent postcards (I have a stash) to both our daughters. It’s ridiculously expensive to send them these days, but really mail is so much fun to get and a postcard means I don’t have to write a lot which, since we talk to them fairly regularly, is fine. 🙂 I still send postcards from Wyoming in the summer and a few from France sometimes when I visit.

  9. Resa says:

    Lovely postcards!
    My fave is the one with the cows!