Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Megève, France

Apparently, we brought the good weather – this region just saw eight straight days of rain – but it really couldn't be prettier. We're staying at le Rond Point Chalet Hotel as guests of Stanford Skiing ( I came to Megève a few years ago in the winter, to write a review of Stanford Skiing for parenting magazine Right Start. I had such a great time that when they contacted me again, I thought: summer in the Alps? Sounds like a brilliant idea for families – and it is – so another review for Right Start...

As well as the mountains themselves, which are my favourite thing about this area (well, obvs!), for kids they've made it a non-stop action station with summer luge, tree-top rope walks, guided nature trails, swimming pool, swimming lakes, ice skating, mountain biking, horse riding... Plus, there seems to be a different festival or event going on here every week. While we're here there's International Show Jumping – perfect for me, as I love horses.

We got our bearings last night by walking around Megève and stopping for a glass of vin rouge, before falling into comas in our comfy room back at le Rond Point. Well, you do that after a 5am start!

However, today we just had to get out there and enjoy the scenery and the weather, so we walked up past the Calvaire – 14 chapels depicting the Stations of the Cross going up the hillside – which gave fab views over the town and led us to the Mont d'Arbois gondola, one of three telecabine routes (as they call them here) which run year-round. At the top we were treated to the spectacular vista of Mont Blanc and its neighbors, then had a picnic, followed by a two and a half hour walk back down the mountain. Ignore those signs that tell you it's a 45 minute walk up too – no way. Just... no way.

And tonight? We're going to le 1920 (, one of the two restaurants in town awarded their first Michelin star over the winter, to write a review for easyJet Traveller magazine. Bon appetit indeed!

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