In the summer of 2007 we decided to take a short break in the French Alpes. We set off with no plan and no hotel booking. We took the ferry to Calais and booked the special lounge, only £12 extra. Great desicion, not many people in there and no kids charging about, we had a lovely relaxed breakfast. The journey was a delight. Once in France settle into the long drive. At the time we had a small Mercedes, we arrived feeling as those we had done a 1 hour drive not 9 hours. Whilst we did not rush we did use the motorways (peage).
We arrived in Les Gets at about 7 pm spotted a small hotel near the edge of the village, asked if they had rooms, ‘yes’. The hotel was lovely very traditional and not very expensive either. (do not try that in winter). So a brief walk and an early night after our journey.
The next day Explore the village and take the chair lift up the mountain. Fabulous is the only word. We walked for a while just taking in the views. Jane sat and read whilst I walked to the summit.
This roughly where Jane sat to read and enjoy.
We were exploring Mt Chery and had a faboulous time. Once down and back to the hotel we rested cleaned up and went into the village to find supper, which turned out to be a great restaurant serving mostly fish. ( a few glasses of wine, of course)
Getting close to the summit. This would be a Ski run in the winter.
The next day we drove to an area called Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.
Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is a municipality in the Haute-Savoie department within the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It is located at the end of the Giffre Valley.
Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. Although the Cirque du Fer à Cheval has made Sixt famous, other attractions including the Cascade du Rouget waterfall, named “Queen of the Alps” and a nature reserve cover most of the district’s geographical area. Its architectural heritage includes the priory and church stemming from the former Sixt Abbey, founded by Ponce de Faucigny.
Wow. The scenery is stunning. We walked up through the valley to the waterfall area and explored the lower levels. It was very hot so we did not climb/walk upwards much. If you visit the area go to this place.
the images below are from the area.
That evening more great food and then the next morning the drive back. Luckily I like driving, the journey for me is part of the holiday. Late that evening we arrive back in Northampton.