The Mont Blanc Esprit de Corps – Rick Steves’ Travel Blog



Hiking Europe’s Tour du Mont Blanc was a completely completely 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 by three international locations — France, Italy, and Switzerland — earlier than returning to our start line in France. This cow is completely Swiss.
One of the delights of the TMB is coming upon an previous farmhouse on a mountain alp (or pasture) that, today, is a thriving little restaurant for hungry and thirsty hikers. Prices are cheap, service is pleasant, the meals is nice, and the vibe is one in all pleasure.

As almost everybody hikes in the identical path (counter-clockwise), you develop into pals with fellow hikers. It appeared like half the folks on the path had been from the US, and I met numerous Seattleites.

It was simple to cross 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 reveals, who was celebrating his sixtieth birthday by climbing the TMB along with his son.

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


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