We breathed deeply the freshness of pine scented summer air and were treated to a spectacular display of meadow flowers and busy bees close to the summit. Arriving at the col after 3 hours, we sat mindfully enjoying the view. But once we started descended we could storm clouds gathering over Ceillac ahead and jogged all the way down in just 45 minutes, arriving at our motorhome just as the drops of rain began and the first thunderclap hit just as we turned our key in the door. Below are the photos from our hike......
Setting off on the GR5 trail from Chateau Queyras beneath the impressive fort:
As we ascended through the pine forest up the valley towards the Col Fromage we were treated to wonderful views over the Val de l'Izoard with its jagged peaks:
Having a small stop to enjoy and appreciate the panoramic view opening up as the forest thins and we continue on the GR5 as it traverse to Col Fromage:
Once again gathering dark clouds force a quick pace on the descent from Col Fromage and an even quicker jog back from la Villard to Ceillac. Good decision the first thunder claps sound as we put our key in the door!