The sun came out the day we were leaving, of course! So we finally got to see the view from across the street from our friends' house just before we left. There is an old-fashioned wooden train that goes up to the top of the peak you see pictured below; but with the bad weather and my fear of roads / tracks without guard rails, we decided to skip that excursion.
Driving home, we saw this pass us on the road. And then stop at the same gas station we did, so I could snap a picture. We thought about this guy again as we arrived in the Paris area, under the pouring rain!