Chez Phillipe & Emilie
Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
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Great French breakfast including tea and coffee out of bowls which is great - you get loads more than in mug, we're converted!
Walked up one of the mountains which surrounds Les Carroz (the village sits on a 1,200m plateau cradled by mountains which you can see at every turn and photos just don't do justice) to Chalet des Tronchets - a cosy log cabin restaurant where we had lunch. Fantastic local food - we just had to have seconds of the potato and shallot cakes! Finished off with a shot of a blow-your-head-off pear spirit.
Back in Les Carroz we stopped to drink Gluhwein and listen to a funky brass band playing in the square - they did some brilliant covers of "Love Is In The Air", "Valerie", "Back in the USSR", "Call Me", "Toxic" and some Franz Ferdinand numbers. Dave - take note for the Love Vultures!!!
Later Phil demonstrated his latest toy - the Poweriser - which is a pair of Oscar Petorius style springy blade legs that you wear like stilts. Garth tried it and after a few precarious wobbles, clinging onto Phil and Emilie for dear life, managed to walk more or less in a straight line! Thanks to Msr & Mme Coscat for their hospitality not to mention champagne, saucisson and cheese.
Drove to Flaine - a resort some 400m higher than Les Carroz and at the complete opposite end of the spectrum (concrete blocks of hotels rather than lovely chalet buildings and a thriving community) - on a mission to see Mont Blanc. Caught the telecabine up to Les Grandes Platiers at 2,480m (Garth not happy at all - very quiet thinking through the mechanics of the cable car system) where the light was unbelievable. Really bright even with sunglasses on. Unfortunately though Mont Blanc remained stubbornly covered in cloud.
Went to Sallanches in the afternoon in case the cloud had lifted enough to get a view of the famous mountain but as it hadn't, we had fun 10 pin bowling instead. Back to Philippe and Emilie's for a great meal and an evening spent playing Guitar Heroes on the PS3. Garth was brilliant on the drums and ever since has had no problems hearing the beat in any piece of music - think how much better we'd get on in our ballroom dancing lessons now!
We had a brilliant time with Philippe & Emilie - thank you so much both for your unbounded generosity and hospitality. It was great to start our trip amongst friends.