wonderful place to ski with the family, the level a bit higher but it includes all. We like it as it was more a village life and skiing. the boys were thrill of course. I kinda stay by the village ::)
mountains to ski, lakes for fishing and water sports, nature trails to go into the woods and get away from it all.
A nice way to break with the family and now share here on VT.
If you like outdoors and away from city life , this is perfect for you and the family
Abondance village is situated in the North of the Haute Savoie, 30 km South of Lake Geneva, Thonon les Bains and Evain les Bains. Next to the Franco-Swiss boarder and close to Italy.
you can do it with a pack or sack but not carrying luggage around ,you can read in English plenty info here
plus all other information on the area.Very nice indeed but I just took the cable car several years back and now my sons are the ones who goes there....
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When I read about this intrieging place I just had to visit. Originally this farm was literally a crocodile farm. They were bred to be killed for their skins. These days it is for conservation & breeding of endangered reptiles, alligators, iguanas, crocodiles giant tortoises etc. There is a high success rate for the breeding program here, they are then sent out when they are old enough to replenish stocks in the wild.
This is the only crocodile study facility of its kind in Europe
The 500 crocodiles live in a huge green house with 6,500m2 to play in. Which is interestingly kept warm by the reactor cooling waters of the local nuclear power station.
There are a few interactivities dotted around the farm, Over 60,000 school children alone have educational visits to the farm every year. So it may be best to visit during the weekends & holidays! You can have guided tours or just wander around at your own pace, some beautiful tropical plants are here to be seen too.
Open 09.00 - 17:00 later in the summer. Enrtance is 6.8 Euros.
Balazuc sits on the banks of the Ardeche River and has the privilage to be classed as being in the top 100 villages in France ( along with Gerberoy )
When we visited In March everything was totally closed up, even the Tabac, but it was a very attractive & typically French Old Worlde with a very middle ages feel to it.
There are walking tours on Tuesday morning in the season.
Historically Charlieu is part of the Brionnais district of Burgundy and it is a unity with the adjacent Romanesque churches (11-12C) of the nearby towns. It was itself a border town of Burgundy and received much Cluniac attention. There are remnants of a monastery and a nunnery there. The former has very early 12C tympani that are artistic milestones (on the Narthex of the Abbey church of St.- Fortunat). Visitors to the Brionnais region or the Beaujolais part of the Loire department can easily reach this quiet town.
Brou has one of the finest examples of Renaissance style churches in France, outside of Paris. It was created as a monastery and Savoy mausoleum and is filled with stone and wood carving as well as fine stained glass enough to overload an appreciating eye. We will try to cover most of it.
Val d Isere is one of THE places to go in France for a ski holiday. From here you have some of the best skiing in France over the 3 Valleys & l' Espace Killy Skiing range. The nightlife here is wild as are generally the prices! This is one of the most expensive resorts, I dont actually feel you get better value for money but it is in a great ski location.
Val d Isere sits in a wide valley at 1850 meters above sea level. Lots of old stone houses & traditional looking wooden chalets line the few streets of the town. This is a very popular resort with British & Scandindians. There are some great shops here too. We were here near the end of the Ski Season & I picked up a great deal on a ski jacket!
There are many pretty towns & villages dotted all over the Alps, most have now been taken over by the tourist indusrty, Sking & other winter sports between December - April (although it is possible to ski on the glaciers in the summer) & hikers in the warmer summer months. In the more remote areas life continues as it always has, farming the land in the mild climate of the valleys in the very rich soil.
The Alps are a beautiful huge mountainous range spanning 370 km over France, Italy, Swizerland, Germany, Austria. The French Alps are split in to two regions the Savoy on the northen highest peeks and the Dauphine which is all the slopes south of the Savoy. Europes highest Mountain Mont Blanc sits just on the French side of the Italian boarder Its summit lies at 4807 meters above sea level.
Suze la Rousse is a pretty little village, overlooked by the unusual shaped 11th century chateau. Today the Chateau is used as the French Wine University, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Opening times are 09.30 to 11.30 and from 14.00 to18.00, 3 euros admission
The village sits surrounded by the vinyards of the Cotes du Rhone, the best time of year to visit is in September / October to catch the vines in full bloom.
The 120km Ardeche River winds its way through the deep gorges of the beautiful Rhone valley & under the famous Pont D Arc (arch bridge). The natural arch is 30 meters high & is recognised as a "Great Site of France". The Pont d Arch is the usually the publicity photo you always see advertising the Ardeche area.
Not far from this point cave painings have been found & evidence prehistoric man lived in the gorge as far back as 35,000 years ago. This part of the river is very popular for kyaking & canoing.
The Ardeche is a beautiful area sitting in the foothills of the Alps, with meandering rivers & high vertical cliffs, this is a very popular area with holiday makers in the summer, both French & other Europeans. There are many caves to be explored here both independently & as organised tours, local tourist offices will have all the information you need.
In 1980 this area was made in to a national park to preserve its beauty
Everybody knows the fondue (I had a real good one in California !). It is a typical dish from the Alps and Jura mountains. It is sometimes called "fondue savoyarde" (Savoy fondue) or "fondue Suisse" (Swiss fondue) while in fact it is coming from the Jura mountains (Swiss and French). There are many possible variations of the recipe. The general principle is cheese melted in wine to give a smooth "sauce". Based on that, you can imagine various possibilities.
What cheese ? Basically, use Beaufort, Comté, Emmenthal, Gruyère or any other so-called "Swiss-cheese". Generally, it is said that you should use 3 sorts of cheese : one as the basis, one to add taste, one to bring softness. If you have a really good cheese, soft, well done, tasty, one will be enough. But as a security, to be sure it will give a homogenous paste, you can add some easily melting cheese like Raclette or even Reblochon.
Traditionally, the fondue is prepared in a "caquelon" (earth pot) but you can use also a Teflon coated pan. The fun won't be the same but the taste will not change. Traditionally again, it is heated on the middle of the table on an alcohol heater. You can use an electric plate.
Forks : there are special forks, with only 2 prongs, but regular forks can do as well.
Servings : 4
800 g cheese sliced or grated
0,3 l dry (really dry) white wine
Pepper, nutmeg (very little), no salt(cheese brings enough)
Bread (use 2-3 days old country bread)
Rub the pan with crushed garlic
Heat the wine.
When it is boiling, add part by part the cheese.
Steer with a wooden spatula or spoon until everything is melted
Add freshly ground pepper and freshly grated nutmeg and steer.
Each guest adjusts a 3-4 cm cube of bread on a fork, dips it in the fondue and takes it out, coated with dripping cheese.
Towards the end, when the pan is nearly empty and the stuff begins to thicken, stop any heating, add an egg, steer fast and share "la nonne" (the nun) between each guests.
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