After the sticky Langhe region, it feels good and refreshing to be back in the Alps. This time we are on the French side, a cotĂ© we normally try to avoid in the winter because we are secretly in love with Austria in the snow. But we have several good reasons to pass by La Clusaz. One of them is a stay at the wonderful Coeur du Village hotel in the heart of La Clusaz town. Talk about a cosy, Alpine deluxe hotel. Wooden interiors, plush deco, large balconies showing off with pots of dangling flowers facing the green mountains,â€¦ There is no snow this time of the year but La Clusaz attracts a very friendly and laid-back summer crowd. Lotâ€™s of families with sporty kids who like to climb on the mini-ski jump to land in a fluffy, giant cushion or zip down a mountain in a small bob-sledge. We are in luck and can wander around on a very charming brocante market with a dozen of antique sellers. What is sold here is excellent and the prices are not too steep. Itâ€™s the perfect spot for those wanting to buy Alpine-style pieces of antique and wooden furniture or who knows, even a pocketknife used in the past by an old shepherd. Ah, the nostalgia!
Also a must-bring-home is a decent chunk of Reblochon or Tome de Savoie. There are lots of farmers here in the area selling directly to the traveling bon vivant. Colleague writer Wendy Rowe, author of the very interesting and great blog Le Franco Phoney (read if you like funny French adventures written by a witty Australian) took us to a small farm where you almost faint from the cheesy smell but feel in heaven when tasting the delectable goods. The farmerâ€™s lady even makes jelly from dandelion, fancy that, especially when you know that the French called this flower the â€śpisse en lit, the â€śpiss in your bedâ€ť flower. Bon app!