Journey to Southern France – last part

The roman theatre at Orange.

The roman theatre at Orange.

On Aug 1st we had to start with our journey back home. At L’Estrechure we fetch our son and head on east to Orange with it’s famous roman theatre. It impresses by it’s vastness. 

It is starting to rain, as we drive on to the small town of Tullins, where we put up our tent in a short break of the rain.

The Mont Blanc in clouds.

The Mont Blanc in clouds.

Next day: We pass Grenoble and Albertville on our way to Chamonix. We want to see the highest mountain of Europe, the Mont Blanc. But the weather is still a little rainy and the Mont Blanc is covered by clouds.

Muzot castle, the place where Rilke passed his last years.

Muzot castle, the place where Rainer Maria Rilke passed his last years.

Via two passes, the Col des Montets and the Col de la Forclaz, we reach Martigny and finally Sierre in Switzerland. Above the village there is located the small “castle” of Muzot, where Rainer Maria Rilke passed his last years. Here he finished his “Duineser Elegien” and wrote the “Sonetts to Orpheus”. Finally I can see this magical place with my own eyes. And even draw it. 

We put up our tent at a nearby campsite, eat some spaghetti for dinner and finish our day writing diary.

Raron.

Raron.

On August 3rd we go on to Raron a few kilometres up the valley. On a steep hill there stands the small church.

Rainer Maria Rilke's tombstone.

Rainer Maria Rilke’s tombstone.

Rilke is buried at the church’s cemetery. Beside the church there is a small museum with a room commemorating the poet. Having seen all this we walk down the hill to our car, The rest of our journey leads via Furkapass and Oberalppass, Chur and Innsbruck home to Mödling.

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