road gets down from the Cret's hamlet and then, in a long lace, slowly
bend to the right, down to the Charvin's Bridge ( Alt:808m) and cross the
narrow ravine of Merderel, which is
the right, starts a good short-cut for walkers, through Charvin
, taking us to La Breviere and the road with magnificent outlooks. The
"aiguilles d'Arves" appears in the background of the bushes and woods.
Looking down on the left, the Arvan thread its sinister and narrow way
between naked steep rock faces.
road climbs slowly the mountain, gets very close to the small Charvin's
Church, (990m), decorated with paintings from Charles Tavarel ( 1812-1869),
a Native "Savoyard".
bend, the road comes back higher, with a very nice outlook, dominating
Charvin's Church .
the valley back, it leaves from La Breviere, (1029m), and starts a long
climb again. We cross many beautiful fresh and woody sites, and arrive
at the top where the road get through a first very short tunnel (Alt:1276m),
immediately forwarded by another longer one, le Maupas, crossing over a
very steep abyss, and a third long one (500m long ).
At the end
of that "Grand tunnel", (alt:1281m), we can see on the left an old house,
reserved to roadworkers of the municipality, which is right on the hedge
of "la Combe Genin", a dreadful avalanches passage's place.
A last little
tunnel, and there is one of the most beautiful view overlooking the road,
The Three Aiguilles d'Arves.
Down is the
sinuous Arvan and we can see on the left Montrond's Church's steeple pointing
out of fir's woods...
(this my Eng. interpretation of the description done by the "Guide bleu
Everything stay the same there, though now, Charvin church cannot be visited
anymore. Marie )