Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Mont Blanc Esprit de Corps – Rick Steves’ Journey Weblog


Climbing Europe’s Tour du Mont Blanc was a very totally different slice of European tradition for me: Coming upon a distant farmhouse-turned-thriving-cafe serving fantastic lunches…flowers and cows (with traditional bells) scenically sprinkled all through…and an esprit de corps the place everyone seems to be like household.


Our path went via three international locations — France, Italy, and Switzerland — earlier than returning to our place to begin in France. This cow is completely Swiss.
One of many delights of the TMB is coming upon an outdated farmhouse on a mountain alp (or pasture) that, today, is a thriving little restaurant for hungry and thirsty hikers. Costs are cheap, service is pleasant, the meals is nice, and the vibe is considered one of pleasure.

As almost everybody hikes in the identical path (counter-clockwise), you turn out to be pals with fellow hikers. It appeared like half the folks on the path have been from the US, and I met a number of Seattleites.

It was straightforward to go lengthy stretches of the hike immersed in deep dialog with folks we met alongside the way in which.
I loved assembly this fan of my books and TV exhibits, who was celebrating his sixtieth birthday by climbing the TMB together with his son.

And within the curiosity of climbing gentle, lunches have been quite simple — only a sandwich from the resort, perhaps a carrot, a chunk of fruit, and water. However upon reaching the mid-day summit, lunch was a marmot’s banquet. (Talking of marmots, we noticed no wildlife besides a few mice that had been squished below climbing boots on the path.)

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