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Cham express advised easybus still running next few days have booked with them - fingers crossed!
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smac wrote:
just had a message from alpybus/chamexpress saying they have cancelled our transfer from cham to geneva airport as swiss border is closed!!!!!

Transfers are leaving from Morzine. Understanding here is the border is open to nationals of third countries to transit home via GVA, if they are holding valid airline tickets. The driver has to have every document known to man to re-enter france! Call them and insist.

Oh, just noticed your more recent post Embarassed
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davidof wrote:
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Weathercam wrote:
Just out getting some more supplies

You might want to check your storage when you get back if you live anywhere near @davidof wink


He's a bit too far, I could write it on my affidavit though: going out to nick supplies.


It's an easy hit, no lock on the "outdoor beer fridge", been there a few times Laughing
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Their warnings/pleas fell on deaf ears. Bans soon perhaps.

https://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/alpes-un-mort-et-deux-blesses-en-montagne-au-premier-jour-du-confinement-20200317?fbclid=IwAR37Ow5Qtda516R_6mtOlCo_p672GfD1bLjTBjCg7QtdY1Oj_RIcaQbiXiM
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God, what prats. Sad
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Just leave them on the mountain as a warning to others. Otherwise, gives the local wildlife an easy meal
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God, what prats. Sad


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We were driving over the Lauteret at lunchtime today . Surprised at the number of ski tourers up there.
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Hurtle wrote:
God, what prats. Sad


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We were driving over the Lauteret at lunchtime today . Surprised at the number of ski tourers up there.


At 135 euros per skier that could be a nice little earner for the cops. Happy

A friend got a caution tonight near Chambery - cycling too far from home in a group of 3. The police were not going to let him ride home at one point - he was about 25km from home. The finally let the group go with 5 minute intervals.
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Well in all this first period of containment (have to say valley road way quieter than this time yesterday), as weather is superb no doubt people will turn to DIY and gardening, but that's probably more dangerous than ski touring and cycling rolling eyes

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-44223165

Think I'll be ok cycling up to the Lautaret, but there's a whole debate going on within the British Cyclists in France FB group getting quite heated as to whether people should be cycling as they might end up in hospital too.

And someone I know who is mountain leader type guide / climbing dude in Pelvoux, said this

I think over the next few days it will be come clear what is accepted as activities near you home, some are saying its a walk round the neighborhood others are go biking or walking as long as you are on you own or with the people you share a house with.

The "share your house bit" is obviously common sense?
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Think I'll be ok cycling up to the Lautaret, but there's a whole debate going on within the British Cyclists in France FB group getting quite heated as to whether people should be cycling as they might end up in hospital too.


Take it easy coming down, no hero stuff. Seems like ski touring may be out after yesterday's accidents. PGHM is going to be patrolling but you'll have to make your own mind up.
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@davidof, will be interesting not least to see how many cars are parked up en route up there?

Still not too sure about the whole skinning up the piste and what PGHM's take is but pretty sure they'll view it all the same.

Can currently see two walkers going up, they could just as easily twist their knee in the soft snow as they're not even on snow-shoes.

And repeating myself but road eerily quiet.

Was talking to someone yesterday who was clearing out their chalet op near to us and talking about the decision to stay here, and one forgets that Briancon is home to many medical centres for patients with respiratory problems and allergies http://www.asthme-bpco.fr/ as the air is meant to be so good, the same person talked about a friend who came here with severe asthma and has not had to use their puffa since.
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@Weathercam, @davidof, PGHM & CRS in Cham very clear - no high risk/mountain sports: climbing, ski rando and they will be patrolling.

I am going for a run, will see how far I get, & will ask the first gendarme I see, should I see one.
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We drove back out here on Saturday to our place after helping our son move house in the UK.
Impeccable timing.....
At the moment we’re planning on staying put - but are any other snowHead left in the French Alps apart from @Weathercam, and @davidof, ???
Not on Facebook etc. so feeling pretty isolated - Sad
Printing off an attestation to go walk the dog now....
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@gvj, Me too, sitting tight in Les 2 Alpes.
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@gvj, Could be a good idea for you to start a new thread so those of you who are confimed to barracks in France (or other countries) could give each other some moral support? I know you're not on FB but you can whatsapp us at any time to have a chat - there are actually a couple of quite funny posts on social media which may give you a bit of light relief......have you seen the sock puppet eating cars on youtube??
Hope to see you asap
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Just watching two skinning up the piste in front of me as I type this.

Many of our friends jumped ship over the last few days, some very last minute, and some over 70!

There's a bunch of 30 or so full-time residents we know, though obviously will not be socialising with too much.

Good friends of ours only arrived in here in their campervan on Saturday (I did advise them against coming earlier in the week) and five hours later everything imploded, their plan was to move on after the season finishes and travel to Greece etc, one of them just getting over a knee replacement, whilst Steve who has a season pass and had not skied was hoping to ski for the rest of his time here, but that's all gone pear shaped rolling eyes
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@loatie, can some-one a mod just change the thread title now ?
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@Weathercam, there are lots of threads in Apres, trying to keep chat on different aspects of CV separate - might be worth canning this one as suggested above. Soon there'll be nothing else to talk about, so whilst this thread was a good place to hang out for a while, it's perhaps served its purpose?
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@Weathercam, there are lots of threads in Apres,


oh god not apres... the asylum of snowheads!
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@gvj, us too. Changed our minds about leaving and staying here for now. Better views and healthier air. Managed 53 ski days during the season so not too hard done by. Now writing out an attestation so I can go to the shop. Yesterday I audited the stock of booze in the apartment and the cave: 30 beers, 2 wineboxes, 11 bottles of fizz, 8 bottles white wine, 2 bottles of rose, 19 bottles of red, 1 dessert wine. Hopefully that should see us through the next few weeks Cool
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Ohhhhhhh this is a tad frustrating more people skinning up Sad

@pam w, think we might as well keep this one alive as some of us are still hanging on, by our fingernails, in the French Alps Laughing

Next door there are four or five appts that you'd not normally expect to see occupied in the low season, let alone resort closed, and they're all people of more mature years than us, so they've probably opted for here as opposed to French towns/cities etc

My guide mate is having trouble making his way back from Kamchatka whilst his Mrs is in nigh on in self-isolation with the kids in a village 400m above La Grave, that will be a stir-crazy situation.
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Should also add, managed to get the attestation to be as an editable download on my Android phone, I tried a few Adobe PDF edit apps which did not work, and then realised I did not have the official Adobe one, and then it worked, or maybe it was after I downloaded a new pdf which they might have changed rolling eyes
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Weathercam wrote:
Should also add, managed to get the attestation to be as an editable download on my Android phone, I tried a few Adobe PDF edit apps which did not work, and then realised I did not have the official Adobe one, and then it worked, or maybe it was after I downloaded a new pdf which they might have changed rolling eyes


Be aware I'm hearing having a copy on your phone might not be accepted by all, current advice is to have paper version with you.
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from l'Equipe,

"The fifteen days of confinement announced by the President of the Republic must be respected to the letter by all citizens, including amateur or professional athletes. I invite you to follow the main injunction: stay at home and not go out, even for training.

For the next 15 days, no exception for professional athletes or those preparing for the Olympic Games.

Staying at home means staying at home. Doing physical activity means going out close to home to stretch your legs in your family unit and reducing the duration of these outings so that you can get home very quickly.

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Medical state of emergency may be introduced later. Denied by the govt. So probably true then.
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davidof wrote:
Medical state of emergency may be introduced later.
Any idea what that declaration would lead to?
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rob@rar wrote:
davidof wrote:
Medical state of emergency may be introduced later.
Any idea what that declaration would lead to?


Normally these declarations are a way of just releasing a load of contingency cash.
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I've been for a 7/8km walk on the path/road this morning. Also has about 300m of elevation. Was going to go up the walking piste up the mountain tomorrow but think I'll can that. Today's walk every day will at least keep me sane. Hardly anyone around this morning.
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Medical state of emergency may be introduced later.
Any idea what that declaration would lead to?


The govt. will have the legal powers to requisition services or goods for the medical emergency - but not for other reasons. Shouldn't concern anyone here but obviously there is a big clamp down on individual liberties at the moment (for the common good).

Some skier getting a fine this morning

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@davidof, thanks.
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@andy1234, @davidof, @Claude B, @Weathercam, ...so a pretty small ex pat selection of the usual suspects still here then. Thanks all, and thanks for your input @loatie, et al.
We've spent most of this morning trying to get our eldest son and his girlfriend a flight out of Antigua (they’re professional yacht crew and hence out of www range much of the time) - not easy.
At least the sun is shining so the dog got walked around the fields today.
The D12 across the valley is deserted.
Isn’t that old apocryphal curse meant to have come out of China as well - “May you live in interesting times”?
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only paper attestations
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If I still had my house in UK I'd have probably gone back. I'd like to see my elderly parents but couldn't anyway as they're locked away for 12 weeks. I did have an offer to stay at a friends place near Geneva but in France, a huge pile with loads of land, indoor pool, etc. Regretting turning it down slightly but I'm waiting for things here which may or may not arrive given the position of La Poste.
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@Claude B, that is so ridiculous, how many people have access to a printer, that said it "can be written on free paper".

Just back from a great ride up to the Col du Lautaret and not quite traffic-free but pretty darn empty, in fact most of the cars did look like seasonaires going back with many a non 05 plate.

Had a long chat with Fred who owns the Cafe at the Lautaret, he's furious about the whole situation and almost had a go at me when I said that I'm not skiing.

I saw only three cars parked up at the various spots so think the message is getting home about backcountry touring, though locals are still climbing the pistes as they don't have to use their cars.

Did not see any officiality but there again I was out at lunchtime Laughing

Spoke to friends who live above La Grave and don't think that where they are they will be bothered by officialdom wink

Day two into the "Lockdown" and with the weather like this no real complaints apart from no ski touring.
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So I'm still in Chamonix. I was intending to be here until the end of April anyway, so until FCO advice is that I need to get back, I'm happy to wait it out here. It's sunny, there's plenty of good food - and still a few friends around who live here all year.

I've started tidying up my terrace today so I can sit and enjoy the sun a bit more. Quite a few people around here (Cham Sud squares) doing the same.

It is weird though - so quiet! No ski touring etc for me (I have the gear, usually would be up for it - but PGHM are very firm), but I'll do some gentle hikes close by, as the weather is basically perfect for it.
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Weathercam wrote:
how many people have access to a printer

I have printed stuff at the Tourist Office in my "home" resort.
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how many people have access to a printer


A couple of the tabacs in Cham are selling the attestations - for the cost of printing i.e. 10/15cents.
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Everything like tourist offices are closed. Even the mairie. I had to call them to find out what to do with the card for the car park.

On a plus side the post office is reopening 3 mornings a week.


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Police were checking attestations in Abondance this morning.
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I think even the dechetterie is closed, I've loads of stuff to dump.
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