Hello….. I’m so sorry it has been so long since the last post. The past few months have been very busy. I can’t believe we are now in the fourth month of 2018 already. Where is time going?
So in February I was lucky enough to go on a once in a life time trip to Val D’Isere, right in the middle of the French alps. Growing up in South Africa, this was truly a first-time experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect. I certainly was not disappointed. Never had I breathed in such clean air or seen such beautiful crystal blue skies. The white snow capped mountains glistening in the sunshine were breathtaking.
We stayed at a hotel called La Savoie. This hotel was brilliant. It had a spa which we visited at the end of every day. I just loved to relax in the Jacuzzi and have a swim in the pool. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The food was fabulous. They served breakfast, then afternoon tea and then it was a 5-course meal for dinner. We certainly didn’t go hungry. Don’t even get me started on the different breads on offer and butter infused with all sorts of flavours… I mean the standard was certainly set for my first Ski trip. I was spoiled with this hotel and felt truly lucky.
I have never skied in my life before, but I thought being in the mountains and a ski resort as such; I had to give it a go. So, the first day I had a ski lesson. I found the boots so uncomfortable. I think my face when I was walking round in them, was a picture. Am I really doing this to myself? Aren’t I supposed to be on holiday? I did enjoy the skiing though and went down a small slope twice(with help). I needed to get out of the boots pretty much immediately, after finishing the lesson.
Then I decided to give snow boarding a try mainly as the boots were so much more comfortable for me. I really enjoyed snowboarding. I managed to glide a bit even. I mean sometimes in life its good to try new things.
The village itself was so picturesque. The snow was so thick! The chalets covered in snow, sparkled in the glorious sunshine. It truly was a magical winter wonderland.
Just some highlights from the trip…
Day trip to Tignes, another nearby ski resort. We sat in this café called Le Levanna, overlooking the slopes. For lunch we went up to Grand Motte with the panoramic views. At first it was so cold with the wind we couldn’t stand outside for long. After we warmed up and had lunch, the weather had cleared so we managed to see some stunning views of the mountains.
On the Thursday we went dog sledding, which was incredible. What an experience that was, as the sun slowly came over the mountain. I had to say hello and learn the dogs names afterwards.
I was also sort of dragged out for an hour and a half walk along the snow with talk of beautiful views and a café at the end of it.. The walk ended up being good but no café at the end. So we got the bus back and found a warm place to have a coffee and defrost.
Friday turned out to be such a beautiful and sunny day. We went up the mountain to La Folie Douche. This has a couple of restaurants and entertainment. It then turns into kind of a club scene at like 3pm where a DJ throws out some dancing tunes.
We ate at the restaurant called La Fruitiere, where the lamb was out of this world. We sat there basking in the sun and from there we could watch the cabaret. Then it was time for the dancing…
A couple of gem places that were found along the way..
La creperie where we had a delicious ham/cheese pancake.
Maison Chevallot where had one of the most amazing hot chocolates.
Arctic café where I found the best coffee. I also just loved the vibe of this place.