Grand Hotel des Alpes
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Travel Blogs from Chamonix
... local chickens - great breakfast cakes made with peaches. All good . . And then we got ready for today's adventures. Tom and John met up with a friend of Enrico's who guides mountain biking and they went off in the hills. The rest of us got ourselves organized and headed off to do a hike . . The folks here suggested we drive up to Champlon and ask where to go at the bar there. So we headed off in our rental car to find Champlon. As ...
... to viewing the movie Elliot has made as we've traveled throughout Piedmont. Not only did his have to ride his bike (Elliot is very strong and physically fit but his bike skills were a work in progress - he would not hesitate to admit this!) but he also took still pictures and moving pictures literally everywhere he was! He even had a camera attached to a bar which stuck out from his bike and occasionally that camera ...
... carrying a heavy pack. Back down to 600m. Bit irritating to walk for 7 hours and then have to spend another hour trying to find somewhere to sleep. I suppose it would help if I could speak a word or two of Italian. I had an amusing, if frustrating, 'conversation' with an elderly nun who answered the door when I finally located the suggested religious hostel. Eventually I understood that they were for ladies only. Ended up in a central hotel for ...
... but it was a worrying few minutes. Bit of an adrenaline rush. It cannot possibly have been the way I was meant to go given the fuss made of yesterday's innocuous effort. The height gain today was from 892m to 2,479m ie significantly more than climbing Ben Nevis but with a good gradient so didn't seem too bad. Really needed my quota of 2 mars bars to get me to the top though, even with a good ...
... about 10 miles from Verbier, a well-known skiing area. As usual it took a ridiculously large amount of effort to get somewhere to sleep. No surprise that there was no-one in the religious house. No campsite here so I went berserk and booked into the only B and B. There something about being soaked and cold that just puts me off wild camping. Nice dinner was a bonus. Could sort of justify both by the big climb tomorrow up to the Italian border at the Great St Bernard's ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility