Best Stops on the way to the Dolomites

Best Stops on the Way to the Dolomites

I often get asked by guests about the Best Stops on the way to the Dolomites. There are so many good hotels to stay in, however some stand out more than others. For me, the Hotel Kreuz on Lake Constance has to be the best stop on the way to the Dolomites we have come across

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Chamonix Walking Holiday

A great view on a Chamonix walking holiday

Another of my favourite walks to take our guests who are on a Chamonix Walking Holiday is the route to Montenvers from Plan de l’Aiguille. Starting from the Aiguille du Midi cable car station in the centre of Chamonix we take the lift to the mid station at Plan l’Aiguille where lots of those on a

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Mont Blanc Marathon

Summer in Chamonix Walking Breaks, home of the Mont Blanc Marathon

Again we  enjoyed the great pleasure of returning to the mountain mecca of Chamonix, France for our Alps all-inclusive walking holidays and the Mont Blanc Marathon. We are always keen to watch the 2,000+ trail runners attempting the steep and amazing Mont Blanc Marathon. This challenging 42k trail run is breath-taking (in more ways than one).

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Another Summer in Chamonix

Summer in Chamonix on the Swiss border at the Col de Balme

Well another Summer in Chamonix has ended and we are very sad. The weather was very warm and sunny with the odd mountain storm. Quite a few new guests this year, all loving Chalet Shiraz. The hot tub, plunge pool, and Mike’s fab walks and, of course, not forgetting my meals. Glenn joined us again

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MONTHLY RECIPE: Red Pepper Soup

Homemade Soup with Red Pepper

Although it’s predominantly warm in June and July everyone still loves homemade soup and a big favourite is Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato. We used to  make it when we ran a winter alpine chalet in the French Alps – always a big hit. I usually make some homemade croutons from the ever so delicious

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Buying Rucksacks for a Walking Holiday

Coming down off Sassolungo with rucksacks

The first thing to consider when buying new rucksacks is the size. We would recommend considering rucksacks between 35 to 45 litres. This will assure you that you will have enough space for everything (including your all-important butties and cake). Remember in the winter in the UK, you will be carrying more equipment with you

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Chamonix Walking Holidays are the Best

Chamonix is the base for our French Alps walking holidays

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is spectacularly situated in the French Alps and is close to the borders of Switzerland and Italy. It is a place renowned for its alpine skiing as well as summer walking. You’ll find Chamonix Town located at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps. Visitors to the valley can take

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Summer Holiday in the Alps

a popular walk on a summer holiday in the alps with pinnacle walking holidays

A Popular Walk to Lac Blanc One of my favourite walks to take guests on during a Summer Holiday in the Alps is Lac Blanc, probably the most famous walk in the Chamonix valley. We start by taking the cable car to Flegere which has great views across the valley to the Mont Blanc Massif.

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The Mer de Glace in the French Alps

Mer de Glace seen on a French Alps walking holiday is one of the best hikes in the alps

We have been running walking holidays from Chalet Shiraz for the past seven years. I do not feel the need to practice too many new dishes. I can just concentrate on menu preparation. Mike can plan some great walking routes which will include the Mer de Glace. So, now our UK breaks are done and

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