Around Barcelonnette
     photo by: Francis     

Barcelonnette is popular, touristy and slightly expensive. Nearby Jausiers is very dull by comparison, but a cheaper place to stay.
This picture of Sheila in a sticky situation, was taken on the road between the two, during Le Mercantour event.
See list or map for some of the places that are reachable in a day, including several superb passes of over 2000m.