Chamonix is a bit like London in the Spring.
The slightest hint of sun and a warm 12 degrees means all the girls bust out their short shorts, tees and the braver ones, their bikinis.
So when I woke to a beautiful Spring day, I rustled up a group and we headed down to Les Gaillands for a picnic and some fun in the sun.
I suppose 12 degrees isn’t quite short-wearing weather, but what the hell? I need to kick start my summer tan asap.
Covered in snow just weeks ago, the grass was lush and a perfect spot for us to have our lunch.
Sadly none of us seasonaires have bbq’s so I picked up some fresh produce and made us sandwiches stuffed with ham, avocado, cheese, mustard & roasted pepper.
Which were pretty good I was told.
And lapped up the sun. Most of us have goggle tans to get rid of after all.
Taylor the genius had the bright idea of sitting on plastic & socks to avoid getting wet. I could have saved myself grass rash!
I really love it down here when the weather is fine. It’s nice sometimes to turn the computer off, leave the phone away and just enjoy. It doesn’t really matter where go, so long as it’s outside and you’re with friends or family.
I think it’s nice that everyone comes down to picnic, play football or watch the rock climbers. It kind of feels like lunch-break at school. Only with better food. And wine. And you don’t have to go back to class.
And the fur-babies join in too. France is so dog-friendly. I think all pooches would dream of living here.
For some reason there always seems to a slack line set up here too.
So after lunch, Cormac decided to give us a bit of entertainment and give slack lining a try.
I wasn’t quite as successful, standing in this pose for quite a few seconds. I should have probably read this guide on how to slack line first.
I was determined to at least remove both feet from the rock. Which I did for a few brief moments.
Taylor did much better than me.
It was rather fun. It’s great fitness I’ve been told. You need the utmost balance hence working your core muscles.
The rest of the afternoon was spent playing frisbee.
And watching the rock climbers. I really am in awe of how they manage to climb bare rock face without the slightest fear of falling to their death if their climbing partner lets go of the rope. I know that technically that’s not possible, but still.
Naturally, Cormac gave it a try and for his second time, he did rather well.
The others wanted to get in on the activity too.
I’m not sure who’s idea it was to do group burpees but it was quite funny to watch.
I think the maximum anyone did was 8 – but check out this crazy person who has the Guiness World Record for doing 1,840 burpees in 1 hour.
Cormac must have gotten quite a work out as he needed to take a swim in the freezing lake to cool off.
Which the girls loved.
And he gave us quite the show.
I love days like this, just lazing around in the sun with friends – I can’t wait for Summer.
I finished the day meandering home through town with the mister. I got him to take a few snaps of my new Spring look.
Gosh it feels good to be in shorts again!
One fine day really.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx