Walking Holidays in the French Alps

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mulled Wine

Mince Pies go well with Mulled Wine

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mulled Wine, that festive smell around the house is just great. You have two options for making mulled wine. The first is to simply buy mulled wine spices and a bottle of red wine, heat them on the hob (without boiling) and hey presto. If you prefer to make your

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Thanks to Everyone who Joined us in 2017

Thanks to Everyone who joined us and to Mark and Jane

Thanks to everyone who joined us this year on a Pinnacle Walking Holiday, we hope you had a fabulous time. The Calendar Dates for 2018 are up and available for booking on the website. Prices Unfortunately for next year we have had to increase the prices for our holidays in Europe. You can blaim Brexit

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Cashew Nut Burgers

Chalet Veggie Mains | Cashew Nut Burgers

Cashew Nut Burgers are great as we get so many different guests requiring special types of food on our all-inclusive French Alps and Peak District walking holidays. The most common request is for vegetarian, so I am always looking for easy vegetarian recipes. Cashew nut burgers are delicious and very popular; they are a good

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Mont Blanc Marathon

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

Here we are again, enjoying 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

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Another Summer in Chamonix

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

Well another Summer in Chamonix has ended and we are very sad. The weather was mainly 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. This year Glenn joined

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Chamonix Walking Breaks

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

If you’ve seen our Facebook posts, you will know we are now in Les Houches and half way through this year’s Chamonix walking breaks. Chamonix is a French town It has a  big international reputation, as the home of extreme sports. Of course it is also home to the famous landmark Mont Blanc, the largest mountain

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Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake is very popular in the Peak District

Chocolate Biscuit Cake has to be the biggest favourite with all our guests. I make it on all our catered holidays in the Peaks and Chamonix. It is perfect to eat whilst sat on the top of a mountain. Most recipes use cooking chocolate but I don’t – I only use Cadburys; it seems to

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Pack an Alpine Flower Book when out Walking

One to look up in your Alpine Flower Book

It happens to so many visitors to the Alps, out of the corner of your eye you spot an unusual flower, mentally storing the image, or taking a photograph you think: “I’ve forgotten my Alpine Flower book, I’ll look that up when I get back”. How often do you later forget? We do it often.

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French Mountain Holidays

French Mountain Holidays

French Mountain Holidays. Everyone knows that mountains are for winter holidays – there’s snow, skiing, maybe a spa or two there’s always plenty going on. Most mountain resorts however, make fantastic summer destinations too, especially if you love hiking. Admittedly if you’re a beach lover, the mountains in summer may not be for you. For

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Vegetarians eating out in Europe

Strudel

A good days hiking in the French and Italian Alps always gives you a great appetite. For Vegetarians eating out in Europe, this can be a problem. The  choice in France can be very limited, but with Italy it’s a different matter; pizza and pasta in abundance. Over the years we have eaten in many

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