Recipe for a perfect Alpine summer holiday




1 apartment in a secluded chalet in the shadow of Mont Blanc and the Aguille du Midi



3 local kittens and their mom for hours of entertainment




a generous handful of snowy mountain peaks




a sprinkling of glaciers




2 spectacular cable car rides




4 mountain walks




2 Alpine braais (BBQs)



A few wild strawberries


Mix all the ingredients together in generous quantities. Bake at 30C every day and allow to cool in the daily late-afternoon thundershowers. Make sure everyone gets a big portion every day.  Try not to worry about the lack of WiFi or the almost total absence of photographable meals.  When you need internet access, why not take your laptop down to the Chamonix tourist office where you have free 24 hour internet access at a long wooden counter under a little awning – perfect for Gonzo blogging in the middle of a thunderstorm.  (I am not making this up.)

For dessert, why not try a weekend in Geneva with dear friends:



Garnish with a wedding in a beautiful Chateau and a couple of newlyweds:




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  1. says

    Sounds like a wonderful holiday – sparkling snow and sunshine! Must have been a bit of a shock to come back to soggy London – just hope a little sunshine decides to honour us with a vist here too now.

  2. says

    Pille – “perfect” does not do it proper justice. I can’t WAIT to go back!
    Dragon – it’s the best recipe I’ve ever made :)
    Kit – tell me about it… and poor you – from rain to rain! Hope the weather dries out a little for the rest of your holiday.
    Charlotte & Helene – highly recommended is all I can say!
    Iling – I know – isn’t it hilarious! And the fluctuation from 30C to 4C in the space of 15 minutes must be the biggest temperature change in the shortest time I’ve ever experienced!
    Courtney – I do believe every holiday should end with a romantic wedding 😉
    Sorina – thanks *blush*
    Katie – I know what you mean. I am becoming a mountain addict in my old age – there is something sooooo comforting about being surrounded by mountains.

  3. says

    The Alps just have it, somehow. Christmas there is just as magical – masses of snow and amazing people and Chrismas eve in the quiet and the aperol!!! I am a cheese-a-holic which made me a sucker for fondue and raclette. Heavenly – would love love love a summer vacation there.

  4. Ash says

    So jealous! It looks like a perfect holiday. Next year (after the skiing – still terrified) maybe we’ll take the kids for an alpine holiday. Your recipe is lovely, just wait til August when I have a special Italian vacation recipe to share :)

  5. says

    Gill – what can I say – it was pretty much perfect!
    Justfoodnow – I’ve never been in the ALps for Christmas – only the Pyrenees – but I can only imagine how lovely it must be. And I can *highly* recommend a summer trip to the Alps!
    Ash – can’t wait for you to share your recipe 😉 And stop panicking about skiing – I can almost guarantee that by next year this time you and I will be swapping ski tales like old pros :)
    Jan and Nic – glad you liked the pics, and it was a fab place for summer hols. Just the antidote I needed from our grey London summer…