This is a traditional recipe from the Alps region - gratin of potatoes with a strong cheese, the Reblochon, a true French bistro dish.
* 1 kg potatoes
* 3 half Reblochon cheese
* 200 g strip of bacon
* 1 onion
* 1 glass of white wine
* 1 pinch of salt and pepper
* 20 cl cream
For 4 persons
Preparation: 20 min
Cooking: 25 min
* Peel the potatoes when they are still hot.
* Dice them in a salad bowl and add a glass of wine.
* Mix the potatoes with minced onion.
* Preheat the oven at 7 (210?C / 410?F)
* Brown the strip of bacon. Add them to the potatoes and the cream.
* Add the potatoes and the cream into an oven dish.
* Cut the Reblochon cheese in two parts (so you should have 3 parts).
* Put the parts of Reblochon cheese on the top of the potatoes mixture.
* Cook in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is completly melted and with a golden colour.
* To be eaten piping hot.
The two main ski areas of Megeve are Mont d'Arbois and Rochebrune which are independent of each other, save for a cable car connecting the two base areas (1,100m).
The Rochebrune sector has mostly green, blue and red runs, one of the longest of which, L'Olympique (blue) now has artificial snow cover throughout.
On the Mont d'Arbois/Bettex/Mont Joly sector some of the prettiest runs are those that run down to the hamlet of St Nicolas de Veroce, where there are lots of old wooden chalets.
Princesse is a beautiful long black run with varied terrain, going from Mont d'Arbois down to the base of the Princesse telecabin. From the top of Mont Joly (2,350m) there are two challenging runs - a red and a black.
Le Jaillet, on the opposite side of the valley from the rest of the skiing, is Megeve's third and smallest and quietest ski area, but it is certainly worth a day of anyone's time. The runs are best suited to intermediates, but there are two good steep runs down from the Christomet summit - one red and the other black. Le Jaillet is usually the first of Megeve?s ski areas to close ? sometimes as soon as the beginning of March.
There are lots of other ski areas within easy driving distance, including St Gervais and Chamonix, and the Mont Blanc area ski pass covers not just Megeve but a total of 190 lifts and 700km of runs.
Favorite thing: There are a few pictures with the great view of Mont Blanc. The house isn't far from Flumet (it's between Flumet and Megeve) and people who live there are lucky to see such view from their terrace. As I spend a week end sometimes in this house, i'm lucky too! :-) and I share with you these pictures.
Winter and summer sport resort, FLUMET is situated in the heart of the upper Arly valley in Savoy. The gateway to Mont-Blanc, it is an authentic resort village just 10 km away from Megève.
The splendid Carriage Fair at the end of August brings together in Flumet horse owners from the entire Arly Valley.
Favorite thing: In these boutiques you will find the collections of men's and women's garments, and you will discover the particular care taken by AAllard to the quality of their materials and the finish of their garments, leather goods, and ski outfits.
Favorite thing: As you probably noticed from the previous picture, there is a saint madona between the rocks. This statue was made and installed there by one member of my friend's family and only God knows how he could get there. But the statue is on the road and attract the attention of passers-by.
The road between two towns Flumet and Megeve is used to be the most expensive in Europe. The main reason is the danger of fallings because these 13 km belong to Gorge Arly.
Actually it's the part of the road connecting Albertville and Megeve. Due to its danger this road might be closed in the near future. But anyway it is one of the most picturesque roads in the Alpes...for passangers of course, not for drivers :-)
The Aravis massif rises majestically between the Lac d'Annecy and the Mont Blanc range and due to their excellent snow records and the variety of the surrounding mountains these villages have become top ski resorts with an excellent reputation.
Altitude: 1498 m
Favorite thing: Built in the 19 century; this walk takes you along to see numerous chapels and oratories over an area of 6 hectares. This Calvary retraces the scenes of Christ's Passion represented in wooden statues. This cultural walk leaves from the centre of the village to arrive on the Mont d'Arbois plateau and is a walk not to be missed.
Megeve is an alpine capital of good food and wine.
91 restaurants, 37 of which are up in the mountains. On account of its large choice of excellent tables, Megeve is the gastronomic village.
the local cheese "Tomme" and goat cheese
smoked ham and sausages, fresh meat from the alpine farms
vegetables grown under biological control in the Mottaz Gardens
Did you know that France has a unique "flower" rating system? The national competition of houses, villages and cities is organized by the National Committee for the Flowering of France (Comite National pour le Fleurissement de la France), hand in hand with the regions, departments and communities. The highest achievement is 4 flowers.
Towns in Haute-Savoie department are full of flowers and greenery that is indicated by flowers signs.
Megeve has 3 flowers.
more info: http://www.villes-et-villages-fleuris.com/leconcours/palmaresdep/P74.htm
Favorite thing: Traditional wood architecture of chalets in Megeve and surroundings is amazing. Actually it's forbidden by the main architect of the region to build houses of other style. I think it's a perfect chance to keep the magic atmospehere of Megeve. Even McDonald's in Megeve is different - wooden...
Favorite thing: Town square of Megeve situated between the Church (built in the 11th century and rebuilt in 1754) and the Town Hall is renowned for the beauty and atmosphere. There are many cafe terraces during the summer. This is where the famous horse sleds can be found for a pleasant promenade.
Favorite thing: Combloux village is only 4 km from Megeve and 30 km from Chamonix Mont-Blanc. It's a lovely charming mountain village resort in the French Alps. Combloux is made up of stone and wooden chalets.
Favorite thing: You must not forget that Megeve is a famous winter resort, so if you have a walk in the mountains you will definitely see something that remains you that you are in ski resort.