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travel diary: with friends again | chamonix, france

By February 24, 2014 europe, france, travel, travel diary

I can’t tell you how good it is to have friends visit from back home.

I know I was only just back home, but I guess I am homesick. There – I admitted it.

Danika & Rob arrived Tuesday eve and we greeted them with a hearty meal and some French red. After a 45 hour trip – what more could you want really – a bed I suppose?

We all struggled to stay awake past 9pm.

Sadly I happen to now have the flue, so I woke long after they had gone to break in their legs on the mountain.

Luckily I managed to meet them in the afternoon for burgers and beers at our fav local joint. Poco Loco.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – you can’t get better value in the valley.

As you walk in, you’ll find a small little bar where you can have a drink while you wait for your take-away, or if there isn’t enough room upstairs.

As it is often very busy, we waited down here until a table was free.

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Upstairs is a long corridor of grafitti’d walls and at long slender tables you’ll cram in with fellow snow bums to await your order.

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You’ll be guaranteed to meet a friend while you wait.

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This here’s the Chamonard. It’s a fresh bun topped with smoked ham, melted cheese and some kind of mayo that is made by the gods.

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As you can see, I like it just a bit.

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I’m wearing a purple/black Asos jumper.

By the time we left it was almost dark and as it had been snowing all day, the town looked like it was dusted with icing sugar. Doesn’t it look magical?

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Again, I retired early. And when I say early, I don’t mean, I retired at 9:30, read for a while then nodded off. I think I was out by 7pm.

But all for good reason, we woke early the next morning and headed to Verbier in Switzerland for the day.

It was a perfect bluebird day with almost perfect snow to match.

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Verbier’s great because it’s a wide open valley with loads of runs that were exactly at my skill level. Which means you can go fast but not be scared you’ll impale yourself on a tree – which is always nice.

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I even managed to work on my “air”.

The guys went whisky tasting after dinner but I opted for a night in. Gosh I sound rather boring don’t I?

But I was back into the swing of things by Friday night – when we took the guys to out for dinner.

But first we stopped at my favourite bar Les Caves. It’s this cosy underground bar with dark moody lighting and fun furniture. 

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We especially love the little cave that fits four perfectly.

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I’m wearing an Asos jumper with black Zara tights.

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The chairs are so comfy, it’s hard not to stay all night.

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But alas, our hunger kicked in and we took ourselves over to Caleche where our friends could sample traditional French fare.

We ordered the French Onion Soup. Although it’s not a looker, it tastes divine! If you want to try it at home, check this recipe out.

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And these little babies, which are pigs feet – and were basically delicious little morsels of tasty fat.

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For mains we ordered the lamb shank.

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The steak.

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And us girls shared the beef stew, which was so incredibly rich it could have fed all of us.

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Thoroughly stuffed, we couldn’t even fit in dessert. Just a quick nightcap at Bar du Moulin.

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It might be me but Danika doesn’t look too impressed with my being so snappy happy?

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I can’t wait to spend the rest of the week with these guys 🙂

The Macadame. xx

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2 Comments

  • Reply Danika February 25, 2014 at 8:24 am

    The only thing I can add is how grateful we are to have wonderful friends that welcome us into their home with such love- thanks for the beautiful words, Anisa x

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