Hotel les Cretes Blanches
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... luckily spoke relatively good English, so I was able to force her to force him to swap numbers with me with the hope of him teaching me to ski. The handsome Fabian is in fact a ski instructor and after ensuring that his number was real, I had embarrassed myself enough and we left. The next night we returned to the same bar in the hunt for Fabian who was not there. The barmaid from the night before was at a friends birthday party there. Somehow, and ...
... of the entire trip.
Bonatti was one of the better refuges, and even though we slept in a dorm it was an enjoyable place to stay. The etiquette at the refuges is that you remove your hiking boots near the entry -- there's usually some kind of "mud room" or tiny place to store your boots in a cubbyhole. You walk around the place in sandals until it's time to leave.
... sound of cowbells and sheep bells was common everywhere we went. Very peaceful. We were rarely near any roads or the sound of cars. On some stretches of the trail we saw no one for an hour or two.
We reached another very high mountain pass that took us from France into Italy. Switched from saying "bonjour" to everyone to "buongiorno" Stopped for lunch and were treated to some of ...
The next morning, the weather still being very good, we opted to take the high mountain trail to our next stop. And high it was, crossing a snow bank at one point on this sunny Sept 4th.
The hike down from the snowy pass was steep and rocky but our knees seem to be getting used to it. After a few hours, as we neared the bottom of the valley, a French boy, a farm hand, stopped us from taking a wrong turn and showed us a shortcut through a farm pasture that ...
... holding her other arm. Both of us felt kind of emotional seeing that.
After about 7 hours total hiking we reached Refuge de Croix de Bonhomme. Although the setting was stunning, this would turn out to be our least favorite refuge of the whole trip. Hot showers were not available till 5 pm (get in line) and the hot water ran out about 20 minutes later. The meal was almost inedible, and when the dinning room ...