We've found our home

Trip Start Dec 10, 2012
Trip End Jan 12, 2012

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Flag of France  , Rhone-Alpes,
Saturday, December 29, 2012

As much as I'd love to say we've just bought a chalet, I am only able to say that our rented one is oh so perfect. Our three story chalet is high on the hill (high enough to still have remnants of snow when Geneva is enjoying 12 degrees).

We checked out of Chateau de Divionne at about midi (yes very pretentious but when you fall into the local lingo it's oh so lovely, why resist?) and started our drive through Geneva to our destination. Thankfully Daniel missed the lake scenic route turn off and we were taken though the centre of Geneva and Daniel got to see its ugly bits as well as the ultra glam. Good for me too as I had remembered Geneva a much smaller city. Anyway, Satnav corrected us eventually and we resumed the lake route.

We stopped off in Evian-les-Bains for lunch. Evian definitely seemed like a town which had seen much better days, but it still offered enough to the average tourist. I shopped for supermarket goods (and learnt the difference between poulet and Poulard - the latter has been spayed for fattening) and we headed up to find our chalet amongst the hills.

Our chalet was found amongst the beautiful, sparse, wintry woods. It is situated in a quiet little village amongst forests of birch trees. It is three floors high and I quickly set to cooking the evenings's roast poulard whilst Daniel and the girls set to unpacking and exploring our surroundings. We have beautiful views of the opposing mountain range and everything we could wish for (three bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry, bikes and toboggans (it's due to snow again on NYE).

Our roast was perfect, enough familiarity for the girls to realise that home is where Mum's cooking (the heart) is. Alexandra has taken to calling me 'Maman' and both girls are speaking a little French without being prompted. Daniel and I are now enjoying a rare moment without children, who are happily tucked up in bed asleep. We have enjoyed a glass of $8 a bottle Bordeaux (which I would have happily paid $80 for in Australia). Mind you, the $10 'vin des domaines' labelled an Australian Shiraz (with a skippy design on the label) might have come close. (Respectfully, I doubt it).
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Leonie on

Very pretty place - overlooking the water and in view of the ski slopes. Quaint and very peaceful region from your photographs!

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