As winter does not want to come to Luxembourg we will come to its home place. By the end of January we saw snow 1,5 times. This is a scandal and broken heart for people just like myself, who can not imagine winter without snowfalls, minus 20 outside, clear blue sky, bright sun, pink cheeks, long ski trips in the nearest forest and tasty hot tea with honey afterwards.
Therefore, after two months of pessimistic forecasts and grey colour all day long outside my window we realised that winter had lost its way to this tiny county in the middle of Europe. Thus we booked a nice apartment in a village with a view on Mont Blanc, packed our stuff and ourselves in a car and at the end of January we headed to the Alps.
Sunny day, clouds on the top of mountains
Upon arrival I realised that the village was not so small. Contrary, it was a little town full of fashion stores, bars, restaurants, sport centres, night clubs and other après-ski and instead-of-ski activities. The ski domain itself was atop of the mounts and to get to the starting point we had to take a lift. Personally, I prefer ski resorts where you slide down directly to a cafe or restaurant, remove your skis, loosen your boots and take the nearest free seat on a terrace which allows you to relax under the winter sun, drink hot wine and examine the technic and the skills of skiers on slopes.
A bar in a middle of the town with an open terrace, lounge music and hot wine
Even at night or early evening, when slopes are already closed, the ambience is much more cozy and sporty: you may see skiers and snowboarders here and there, they take their apero in the cafes close to slopes, they stuff their backpacks with bacon, cheese, bottles of wine or beer in a grocery store or wait for the last bus to go back home in the next village.
Chamonix from this point of view looses some points as all the mountski- and snowboard life passes 1000m away from the town, up on the mount.
However, Chamonix proposes much more vibrant and diverse apès-ski life, compare to small domains. Even if you are not fond of ski or snowboard there are million of activities to occupy you from the morning to the late in the night, and shopping is just a little speck in a long list. Trekking and hiking, ice skating, jogging, visiting numerous view points with a breathtaken view on Mont Blanc, spa and endless tasting of wine and local cuisine are among my favourites.
Terrasses are empty, although inside all tables are busy
And of course, life does not stops here when slopes are cleaned from the snow. Chamonix is the main centre of alpinism and franckly speaking is much more busy during summer time than in the winter. I have already checked several trekking trails which are affordable with a child of 2,5 years old. It should be fun !
Nice decor to attract tourists
Say “Hello” to your friends in sun-free Luxembourg
Slopes start next to residence houses
Monument to an explorer
Off touristic roads
Lovely walking path
On a bank of a mountain river
Decoration of the facades – I definitely love the style
The church and the cinema just around the corner
A stadium with a perfect skating rink
Absolutely amazing graffiti on the wall. It shows the first person, who climbed on the top of Mont Blanc and his team
Welcoming sign at the entrance of a resto
Several tips for those who still consider there to go on holidays or for a long weekend.
Cap Horn, restaurant
Excellent cuisine, friendly stuff
Les Caves du Pele, a bar
In fact, this bar is a part of Cap Horn restaurant, so you may come here for a glass or two and then move upstairs for a dinner.
Les Cave du Pele
Micro Brasserie Chamonix – MBC
Canadian bar and the beer brasserie
Typical American bar with TexMex menu and excellent beer
Three different types of beer
Tea room, rue Joseph Vallot
Good selection of tea. Possibility to taste several flavor with the degusgtation menu
Le Paranomic Mont Blanc, restaurant
Address: Brévent,2525m top of the Brévent. Tel.: +33 (0)4 50 53 44 11
To get there you will need to take the lift at the very top of the Brevent station. The view on Mont Blanc is amazing. Food is very good.
My bean soup with selection of cheese. Very difficult to finish as the portion is enormous
Local winter meal: sausages with red beans and green salad