Marmottes are huge! I expected squirrel-sized little things. These were the size of badgers or large dogs on short legs! They have a large black tail, reminiscent of a beaver's, which they use for signalling - as far as I could see. They were quite shy, and we had to be quiet for a long time before they came out to play. There have not been many pleasant, warm days up there on the alpine meadows. In fact, a day after we were there, it snowed again. No wonder they spend up to nine months a year in hibernation!
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My travels through contemporary France in search of Richard the Lionheart and relics of his 12th century kingdom.
Paris, Rouen then the Duchy of Aquitaine, seeking useful detail and atmosphere for the second novel in the Lionheart Chronicles.