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... happy polite well adjusted little people. However there is moments of reality....granddad says that this holiday is costing him £1 a minute, plus miscellaneous expenses (£3000) so the family will enjoy themselves. And that's the reality, in a months time our Chalet will cost the occupants £2 a minute, to stay for a week. Yep £120 per hour. Work it out 2 x 60 x 24 x 7. GBP! Its a serious cheque book.
So what do we do.....wake at 6am, coffee, shower etc and ...
... walking and using the poles, which was starting to aggravate it a little. Anyway when I put my arm out to stop the fall, I got it right at the wrong angle and felt it all seize up. The Vin Chaud helped, but I wasn't using that arm any more for today anyway. So I sat out the last run of the La Cha, and waited the few minutes it took them to get down and back up again.
The slopes were very quiet today, and I have ...
... br> village called Salvan. The building in these villages are original old and
typical Swiss chalet type. The roads are very narrow and all the buildings are
adorned with Geraniums and other flowers. Truly a very pretty sight.
From Salvan he began our descent which took us past an old
waterwheel driven mill that is still in action and then onto a very steep path
that has been paved with steps built out of the local rock. The path winds down
through a pine ...
Oops, no notes again! Refuge Elena quite new and modern. Large dorms but partitioned into bunks of 4. Located on a high ridge overlooking the valley, where we had a long break and arvo tea. Met some interesting groups of Italians, see the funny hats. It seems that all of Italy has these 2 weeks off, so the trails and refuges are full. Dinner in a lovely dining room, food pasta as usual. ...
... months left in the year! Another good reason to avoid the motorways into Switzerland....
Zipped through Chamonix on a now familiar route and then up the valley to Argentiere and over the col and down past the border post. Very formal border post with stop signs everywhere. No one home however. Must have been lunchtime! Next stop Martigny down in the valley floor.
Hmmm the main street ...