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Europe’s 5 most epic cycling climbs

Europe’s 5 most epic cycling climbs 2nd November 2016
Cyclist and photographer Michael Blann shares his top 5 epic cycling climbs in Europe – and his incredible photos

1: Mont Ventoux, France
Mont Ventoux: limestone scree offers little protection from the intense summer heat (Michael Blann)
All climbs are different but nothing compares to the ‘Beast of Provence’, which looms above the Vauclause region in France. It gets its other nickname, the Bald Mountain, due to the absence of trees or any vegetation on its upper slopes. The revealing craggy limestone scree is reminiscent of a lunar landscape and makes a fitting location for the 1960s weather station, which sits perched on the top, like a space rocket waiting to blast off.
For cyclists, the mountain has a reputation for being extreme and potentially deadly; it’s where Tommy Simpson, one of England’s greatest cyclists, died from exhaustion in 1967. The lower wooded slopes lull cyclists into a false sense of security. It’s not u..

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Travel to Geneva, Switzerland

Travel to Geneva, Switzerland – Episode 546 by Chris Christensen
categories: europe travel
Hear about travel to Geneva, Switzerland as the Amateur Traveler talks to Leyla Giray Alianak about the region where she lives.
Leyla says of Geneva, “It’s a wonderful city. Geneva is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. First of all it’s at the very center of Europe. One of the things that people like about Geneva is that you can get out of it quickly. We have EasyJet here. We can fly out of Geneva to 56 different cities in Europe, In North Africa, or in the Middle East for maybe $80 round trip, pretty much all year.”
“Apart from that, there is a natural beauty of the city. It is absolutely gorgeous. It sits on a lake on two banks. It’s ringed by two mountain ranges. You have the Alps on one side, the Jura on the other. All along the lake, on the Swiss side and the French side, because the lake is divided in two, you’ve got picturesque villages. You’ve got the wonde..

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Ladurée Quai des Bergues, Geneva, Switzerland

The French luxury bakery Ladurée was founded in Paris in 1862 by Louis Ernest Ladurée.
Today, the name is synonymous with the double-decker macaroon of which Ladurée stores around the world sell more than 15,000 per day. The brand now includes five segments from macaroons and chocolates to beauty, bath and body products.

Paris-based designer India Mahdavi has recently completed an entire Ladurée environment in the Four Seasons Hotel at the Quai des Bergues in Geneva in the hotel building that can trace its history back to 1834.

The patisserie, restaurant and tea room have a delicately appointed ambiance with their slightly faded hues of cold pink and moss green.

The checkered floor and white accents anchor the spaces and help them avoid the pitfalls of overly prissy and fussy. The round shape repeats itself in the furniture, lighting and corners echoing the softness and roundness of the macaroon. Tuija Seipell.

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