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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Vosges, France, Part 2

The climate in the Vosges differs quite a bit from one area to another; there is a much greater annual rain/snowfall and lower temperatures in the higher Vosges then there is in the lower ones and that makes this area an excellent place for a winter sport vacation.

You can find a winter sport resort in Gérardmer when you plan on going during the winter season. In the summer, this resort is converted to and functions as a health resort.

Skiing, hiking, cycling, horse riding, fishing, paragliding, climbing and water sports are some of the activities which can be done in the Vosges, but just going sightseeing will already fill your agenda.

The green meadows with grazing cattle are actually a heritage of the monks who colonized the valleys during the 7th and 8th centuries. They cleared the land, founded communities and built abbeys. Lots of their presence such as crosses, landmarks, and chapels, can still be found all through the Vosges.

Since the Vosges were and still are a natural border between the Germanic and Latin language wordls and their different cultures, plenty of fueds took place during the course of history and that explains the existence of all the fortified castles which were built during the Middle Ages. Most of their remains can be found at strategic places which are mainly located at the foothills.

The Vosges have always been used for an unending supply of wood, but copper, iron and silver were mined here as well since the 15th century. During the 18th centure the textile industry was a booming business.

You will have no problems finding accommodations for a stay in the Vosges, because chalets, villas, apartments, hotels, bed and breakfast hotels and campgrounds are readily available to any budget.

I would suggest you shop around and dare to compare before going with the first accommodations that pop up; you could be cheaper off!

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2 Comments:

Blogger audrey` said...

I love cool climate! :) Humidity and heat are great challenges of the day :D

May 16, 2012 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

Audrey,
I totally agree with you! :-D

God's Grace.

May 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM  

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