August in the Alps
Trip Start Jul 13, 2007
14Trip End Jul 2008
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But a new day came and the car seat turned up and so our journey into the mountains began. Passing by countless fields of sunflowers and corn we headed high into the Savoie region to find our little abode in the Alps. It was clear from day one that hiking was to be an essential part of a good day
Surrounded by such splendor we were inspired to rediscover the simple joys in life. To slowly waken to morning bells ringing through the valley; or sit and watch a family of bees collecting pollen. To count all the different kinds of flowers in one meadow; to catch frogs and feel their hearts race against our hands. To reach a summit and look around at 360 degrees of mountains upon mountains and watch the clouds cross over them. To sit by a windswept lake and watch a father and son take pride in the catch of the day. To be still and know that the world is full of wonder.
There were a few man made attractions such as the Zavatta Circus coming to town. What a lovely treat it was to be allowed to enter the grounds before the show and pet the animals
As well we chanced upon an international ski jump event in Courcheval. Very alpine; very impressive. While France and Poland vied for the title, Canada was sadly second to last. Still we cheered them on and enjoyed the show. Imagine flying through the air at 94 km/hr for 120 metres. What a rush!
In the final week we took a trip to see the Alps from the Italian side. The border was only 90 minutes away and the security measures were nothing more than some fence posts and stinging nettles. From the point of Petit St. Bernard we were able to peek at the great Mont Blanc and enjoy a respite from the heat in the valley below. There is no end of seemingly untouched spots to enjoy here and we are delighted to have sampled but a few.
As is the case any where on earth what made a good time even better were the friends we shared it with. Our fondue partners Tanya and Duncan and their two boys Max and Osher were absolutely the icing on this Alpine cake. Thanks for all le fromage, le chocolat, and les laughs. See you in Vancouver!
And so as the leaves begin to turn color and summer draws to a close, we bid these Alps Adieu. In a way we are sad to leave, but we've got to Ramble On....