Courmayeur: the Ski Resort for Gourmands

Courmayeur: the Ski Resort for Gourmands

The Italian ski resort of Courmayeur has a rich tradition of fine-dining and gastronomy. It is a culture which the town is proud to celebrate in events throughout the year, including a range of food festivals highlighting everything from traditional local fare to international haute cuisine.
A Destination for Some of the World’s Top Chefs

 

It is this history of excellent food which has attracted many of the world’s leading chefs to the resort over the years. Leading names such as Heston Blumenthal, Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, Marcus Wareing and Jason Atherton have all made the journey from Geneva to Courmayeur to create gourmet experiences in the resort.

Blumenthal is so enamoured with the resort and its culinary pedigree that for the last four years he has hosted his own Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience in which he and other leading chefs create a gastronomic mountain treat for a select clientele.

Bookings are now available for the Mountain Gourmet Ski Experience 2018 (20-23 March).

Excellent Restaurants

Alongside the famous names with their Michelin stars are a fantastic range of local restaurants, many of them family-run, which serve excellent local cuisine of an exceptionally high standard.

There are so many that it can be hard to choose which to visit during a short stay, so here are my suggestions for the best places to eat in Courmayeur.

• Hotel Christiania Set in Plan Checrouit, the restaurant at the Hotel Christiania is run by its enthusiastic owners Carlo and Marisa. This is the place to come if you want to enjoy a leisurely lunch of pizza and pasta, done the authentic Italian way. Sit on the sunny terrace and soak up the atmosphere in this excellent eatery.

• Maison Vieille The food in the mountain restaurants of the resort is so good that the authorities have extended the hours of the cable car to midnight so that visitors can enjoy supper under the stars at restaurants like Maison Vieille. Here you will enjoy local meats, pastas and a range of delectable deserts. The wine list here is wonderful, full of local wines that the owners will encourage you to try.

• Chiecco For fine dining on the slopes, check out the traditional wooden chalet just above Plan Checrouit which houses Chiecco. The menu is made up of local produce and includes such mouth-watering treats as wild boar and polenta, ricotta ravioli and excellent ragùs.

• Chateau Branlant Dinner at the Chateau Branlant starts off with an exciting snow mobile ride from the top of the Dolonne or Courmayeur gondolas to the restaurant, with another one back at the end of your night. If this wasn’t reason enough to visit, then the delicious, authentic Italian cuisine should be. My advice is to try the daily specials, which are usually the best thing on what is always an exquisite menu.

Getting There

Foodies will have no trouble getting to the resort thanks to the wide range of flights into Geneva from the UK. The transfer journey from Geneva to Courmayeur takes around an hour and a half.

For an executive transfer from Geneva to Courmayeur, book online with Shuttle Direct before you leave home and one of our drivers will be waiting to meet you when you land.

Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal

Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal

Nothing will put a damper on your summer more than a rodent infestation. Finding little droppings, food crumbs, and hearing the scurrying of animal feet is nothing short of a disaster. There are ways to prevent your home from being the nesting place of rodents and critters. Here are a few tips for rodent removal in Dunwoody this summer.

Seal all of your trash. Old food and garbage attracts all sorts of pests and critters. Be sure to put any trash directly into the trash can and then seal it tightly with the lid.
Keep your yard clean. Debris such as leaves, twigs, and trash give rodents the perfect place to hide. By keeping your yard clean, you remove any ground cover that could offer these annoying pests shelter from the heat and elements.
Pick up sheds and garages. Sheds and garages often house objects that are decades old. If you haven’t taken a look inside your storage areas lately, there’s a good chance that rodents have decided to bunk up. Get rid of any clutter that might be accumulating in your garage or shed. You can donate it or even have a yard sale. Whatever you do, it’s important to keep these areas clean. Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal
Protect your garden. Pests love food. Your garden offers them a free buffet of homegrown veggies and fruit on a daily basis. To keep them away, use decoys or traps. There are plenty of decoys that resemble owls and snakes that will easily scare off any rodents that come onto the premises.
Inspect the exterior of your home. Rodents have the ability to squeeze into really small spaces. Look for any holes, cracks, or openings that could be allowing them into your home. Then, seal them to prevent them from making your house a permanent residence.
Use screens and vents. If your family loves the fresh breeze that open windows provide, simply make sure that there are screens in the window frames. This prevents pests from coming inside. Vents and grates should also be placed over chimneys to prevent animals from coming in.
Call a pest control company. At the first sign of rodents, it’s a good idea to call a professional company. They are able to exterminate or remove any pests that may have already made your home their nesting ground.

Tips and Tricks for Rodent Removal
Don’t let your home become the hiding place for rodents. By following these tips and tricks for rodent removal in Dunwoody, your home will remain pest free this summer.

Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

600 km from the skiable domain at Three Valleys makes it a world-class and unique ski destination. With pistes for skiers of all abilities, fantastic snow conditions, well-connected ski areas and assorted slopes, Three Valleys has something for everyone. And if there is one resort that exemplifies all these qualities, it is Courchevel. Famous for having the most diverse skis in Three Valleys, some of the best snow and fantastic and catered self-service ski lodges, Courchevel is the perfect resort for activities both on and off the runway. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort
Courchevel 1300

Also known as Le Praz, this village is the lowest in altitude in Courchevel. It is also the oldest – with its many rural buildings dating from the nineteenth century. Traditional, quiet and friendly, it offers beautiful views of the trees when the snow is nice. But you have to spend some time in good conditions – when the warm weather comes, you run the risk of snow and slopes that rarely scatter with rocks. On the other hand, this village is perfect for those who want a peaceful traditional break in true mountain communities. Staying in 1300 can also be a cheaper way to access a higher resort.

Courchevel 1550

This is the satellite village for Courchevel 1850, which is above it. The two elevators provide easy access to the higher city, but do not worry stuck – the way back is a gentle blues. For a serious nightlife, you have to travel to the valley until 1850, because this is a quiet place. However, for those looking for access to all that 1850 has to offer at a much better price, the 1550 is the ideal choice.

Courchevel 1650

Arguably the best choice of all the villages in this resort, 1650 is popular because of its fantastic skiing, relatively reasonable prices and a wide array of après activities. Divided by a path that leads up the mountain, this village offers apartment blocks on one side and self-catering and catered ski huts on the other. Just above the village, there is a slope stretch that is easy for beginners to find their feet. For the more experienced skiers, there are many challenges in the winding red and blue that lead out of the Signal chair.

Courchevel 1850

Famous for its opulence and luxury, the 1850’s are where the rich and famous in the world come to ski. To make it happen, this small part of the resort offers nine 5 star hotels … What’s more, the promise of skiing does not disappoint. At the highest altitude, the 1850 offers the best access to all the other villages, as well as the neighboring valley of Méribel. There is a wide zone just above the village specially reserved for beginners, while climbing the mountain you will find some serious red and black trails. Only the most experienced skiers should try the black running Grand Couloir – labeled ‘vertical’ on the runway map for a reason …

Make Your Choice

Whichever village you choose, all have the added benefit of offering fantastic accommodation options, such as self-catered and catered ski cottages. With your accommodation sorted and all snow but guaranteed a good deal, the scenery is set for a perfect winter break.

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers in their perfect winter break for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for the best catering accommodation in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Snowy Shenanigans in Courchevel: Guide of Resort

Cheers and Beers: Laidback Venues in La Plagne

Cheers and Beers: Laidback Venues in La Plagne

Many people believe that après ski is all about thumping music, dancing on tables and staying up all night. Whilst this certainly is possible and great fun on occasion, it is not for everyone.
Fortunately, places like La Plagne have great diversity and suitable establishments for every taste. If your tabletop dancing days are behind you but you still enjoy a few beers and a laugh, La Plagne has plenty of more relaxed, pub-style venues to choose from.

 

These boozers are great places for having a few beers, chilling with your mates and ex-changing your stories from the day with fellow skiers. You can then leave at a reasonable hour and retire to your catered chalet. La Plagne has many great drinking establishments, but read on to find out which ones you simply cannot miss!

Bar La Mine – Brilliantly located in the heart of the action at Plagne 1800, English pub Bar la Mine has DJs and live music, TVs showing live sport and a mining theme. It also has an enormous selection of beers, ciders and wines. It is a popular après spot, so there is always a lively and friendly atmosphere, but there is also plenty of space to sit down and talk or watch the game. The venue is right next to the slopes, making it the perfect place to meet after a long day on the slopes.

Igloo Igloo – This is a funky bar that’s designed like an igloo, and is found inside Plagne Centre’s Galérie du Pelvoux. Step inside and you will be blown away by the neon colours and icy decor, featuring half life-sized polar bears and penguins. Igloo Igloo is a premier spot for DJs and live bands, but you can also sit down on the faux-ice white seats and sip on a homemade cocktail. There are even complimentary nibbles if you get there early, and many patrons comment on the friendliness of the staff.

Le Luna Bar – If you’re looking for a cool rustic-style pub with dim lights, lots of seating and a chilled out atmosphere with occasional live music, Le Luna Bar is the right place for you. It offers a refreshing change of pace from the clubs, which can be hard to have a conversation in. I really like this bar because it has fun pub games on hand, such as table football, darts and pool. Beers, whiskies, cocktails, wines and non-alcoholic drinks are all on the menu, and it is a great spot for a relaxed drink after shredding powder. You can find Le Luna Bar in the Plagne Centre, and is likely to be just a stone’s throw away from your catered chalet. La Plagne regulars often cite this as the best establishment for a relaxed pub in the area.

Bar le 5 a 7 Siete – Bar le 5 a 7 Siete is located in La Plagne Soleil/Village, and is my number one choice for a drink in the area. This cosy wine bar is ideal after a freezing day on the slopes, as you can get comfortable in front of the roaring log fire, sip on your favourite wine and catch up with friends. Alternatively, order tapas and enjoy them out on the brilliant sun terrace, from where you can enjoy lovely views of the surrounding area.

These are just a few of the great drinking establishments, but there are many others to choose from. The best part is that you never have to venture far from your catered cha-let! La Plagne attracts groups of young friends looking for fun yet casual nights out, and it is easy to see why

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Unique Facts About the Wildlife of Galapagos

Most nature lovers who embark on wildlife holidays in Galapagos are familiar with the archipelago’s most iconic wildlife species, which include the Giant Tortoise, the Lava Lizard, the Marine Iguana, the Galapagos Sea Lion and the Blue-Footed Booby.
But while the wildlife has been studied and documented extensively, from Darwin’s first forays to the scientists who actively work to ensure its conservation into modern times, there are also some lesser-known facts about these wonderfully unique species. For anyone planning wildlife holidays in Galapagos, knowing a few of these before the trip may add another dimension to an already fascinating encounter.

 

Did You Know?

• The Marine Iguanas found in abundance throughout the archipelago are the world’s only species of marine lizard. The white appearance often seen around their faces is caused by the expulsion of salt from specially adapted glands in their nostrils, which dries and creates a “wig” effect.

• The Galapagos Penguin is the smallest in the world and the only one found north of the Equator. The combination of the cold waters of the Humboldt and Cromwell ocean currents mean it is able to survive in the warmer climate.

• With an average life span of well over a century, the Giant Tortoise lives longer than almost any other vertebrate on the planet. They continue to grow for up to 40 years and can reach a length of over 1.5m and a weight of up to 250kg.

• The most common of all the mammals throughout the islands is the sea lion. The chance to swim and snorkel amongst the curious sea lions is also one of the most sought-after encounters on wildlife holidays in Galapagos. Particularly large colonies are found on Santa Cruz, Isabela and Espanola.

• The Green Sea Turtle found in the waters around the archipelago is a species so old it has been around since before the time of the dinosaurs.

• There are five species of snakes and all of them are endemic to the dry zones of certain islands – although some islands have none. All the species are relatively small (under a metre) and are known as “racers”, due to their ability to move extremely fast. Their only natural predator is the Galapagos Hawk.

• There are four species of boobies that make the islands home. The Blue-footed Booby is renowned for its unique mating dance, where it lifts its feet and wave them in the air, appearing to “dance”, and the Red-footed Booby is the only one to make its nest in the trees and not the ground. The Nazcar Booby is the largest species, while the Masked Booby lives mainly out in the open ocean, returning to land only to breed.

• The Waved Albatross mates for life. There are over 12,000 breeding pairs on the archipelago, which represents the majority of its global population. While the birds depart the islands from December to April, they return to the same place and the same partner every year to breed.

• The term “Darwin’s Finches” actually refers to 15 different species of finches. While their bodies and colouring make them similar in appearance, each has a distinctly different, specially adapted beak.

Wildlife holidays in Galapagos offer a privileged opportunity for nature lovers to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime encounter with some of the most incredible and unique animals on Earth. And, in this remote and beautiful part of the planet, researchers and naturalists are still learning just how astounding many of them really are. Author Plate

Baggage in the middle of urban drama

Baggage in the middle of urban drama

The international luggage brand, the new Samsonite showroom in Amsterdam by the i29 interior architect is an intriguing take on the brand’s spatial identity …
Space is a new, recognizable and consistent urban reflection, the natural habitat of a suitcase or bag. Instantly inspiring and attracting diverse social groups and customer ages, the use of ancient symbols intuitively refers to travel and movement. Dynamic spaces resonate with young and fashionable to mature and classical, because effective universal brand communication is ingrained in global collective memory. Baggage in the middle of urban drama

Bold color schemes and black and white graphics communicate strongly, adding the essence of drama and intrigue, though not following a single style. Monochrome also offers a suitable base for any color or material of the products on display.

Angled graphical patterns and objects placed across the diagonal offer a strong sense of direction, as they maintain a dramatic language. Light rails, central floor units and perimeter units, all in a diagonal layout make the room look rotating and offer a touch to the eye. Customers can experience walking through explosive crossings, while multiple viewpoints and contrasting visuals provide surprise and excitement. Customers can explore Samsonite’s premium product line from Polypropylene luggage along an attractive curved wall, featuring multiple facets, when viewed from a variety of positions. Alternatively, one can walk through a series of open and closed display units, offering a dynamic view. Each structure represents the Samsonite sub-brand, each with its own presentation, but is part of the whole.

In addition, customers can discuss and negotiate in a sleek glass conference room, with minimal and elegant furniture that fits the store’s design philosophy. Baggage in the middle of urban drama

With a natural urban habitat for suitcases, bags and travel products, and a truly unique experience for customers

What You Need to Know About Fireplace Inserts

What You Need to Know About Fireplace Inserts

You might have heard of fireplace inserts before, but you dismissed the idea of installing one. Perhaps you’ve been told that they aren’t safe or they’re expensive to maintain. However, since the 1980s these products were retooled, constructed better to eliminate fire hazards and to use your fireplace more in a more efficacious manner. If you’re thinking of revisiting the idea of putting one in your fireplace, now may be a great time. Here’s what you need to know about fireplace inserts in Alpharetta.
Fireplace Inserts Direct Heat Better

 

The whole idea behind a fireplace insert is to channel the heat generated inside more effectively. Its construction was designed specifically to perform this task, with its outer steel shell that prevents the surrounding masonry in your fireplace from absorbing heat produced by the fire. The internal firebox contains the fire and warms the air flowing between it and the outer shell. Once the warm air is released into the room, you enjoy its benefits.

How Are Fireplace Inserts in Alpharetta Safe?

One major improvement made in the last thirty years to these devices is the inclusion of a full chimney liner. Previously, most versions only include a direct connect to the chimney, which redirected gases but was often troublesome to maintain due to it needing to be removed. However, a full liner is a permanent integration into the chimney that allows gases to escape completely from the house. With this setup, it never needs to be uninstalled for cleaning, since chimney and liner are now one complete unit.

Your Fireplace Can Improve Heating Inside Your Home

A professional fireplace and chimney specialist is the only one who should install an insert for you. Never attempt this yourself, as you could inadvertently destroy the masonry as well as injure yourself and others. Consulting a technician who installs fireplace inserts in Alpharetta is the best way to get started towards a new way to improve heating inside your home.

Three Halloween costume ideas for families with toddlers

Three Halloween costume ideas for families with toddlers

As Halloween approaches, you must be wondering what amazing costume you should choose for your toddler. But do not be afraid, there are some costumes that will make them the most adorable little monsters in your party. And if you plan ahead of time, you can even coordinate your costume in such a way as to create a team or to imitate characters from the same story, which must be very scary. Below we have some amazing ideas for Halloween kids costumes, but also for adults who will accompany them. Three Halloween costume ideas for families with toddlers
1. Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo
You may be familiar with the amazing cartoon duo. Make sure you take advantage of this holiday as well as possible and perfect yourself and your child in this amazing costume. Such items can be easily found in online retailers that specialize in retailers that finish infantry babies online. Obviously, you’ll be a bigger duo element, and you’ll emulate Scooby Doo. Let your little one imitate that cute little element, Scrappy Doo. You will definitely turn away some when you go hunting for a treat in the neighborhood. Also, you will definitely be part of the spirit of Halloween, as this duo hunts monsters and ghosts regularly, in all their adventures. Find your costume at the same retailer, as many also specialize in western carnaval dislocation dissteaces.

2. The Flintstones
If you want to go into the whole Halloween habits one step further, you can involve your whole family in this. Search for Flintstones costumes online and travel back to another time. Make sure that you involve all your family members for a greater effect. Fred, Wilma and Bam Bam are small. If you have a dog, make Dino. You will definitely leave a strong impression at the party or while treating-or-cheats.

3. Family Addams
This is probably one of the most popular family costume ideas of all time. A scary yet friendly family is a Halloween celebrity for decades now and it would be a shame to miss such an opportunity. Search for costumes online, as some retailers do a great job in helping families mimic an interesting character. Also, they even have amazing accessories that are appropriate for this opportunity. Search online and see what you can find. Some online stores even retail cousins ​​are costumes, and you’ll have the whole package if it manages to find some similar items.

If you are afraid that you will not be able to do such imitation because of the lack of appropriate costumes, start your online research because there are many great vendors. Some retail products with amazing quality and you can ensure that you will have a costume for a holiday or upcoming event. Fortunately, there are many circumstances where you can use such pieces, from your children’s games, other children’s birthday parties and a few others. In addition, adults can always recycle these costumes and use them on other occasions. Three Halloween costume ideas for families with toddlers

Choose schwimmanzug damen According to your Body Type

Choose schwimmanzug damen According to your Body Type

 

When it comes to finding the correct schwimmanzug damen or sport badeanzug, the woman feels a bit of a conflict and is often self-conscious because the whole way the problems about the beach body and the seasons of clothes have been told in the media. Suffice it to say, no beach objects are perfect and a certain size does not mean you can not wear a bikini or swimsuit on the beach. As here in GildeSoul, we always say, beauty does not follow any code.
Therefore, we want to think that there are certain pieces, shapes, and styles of schwimmanzug that flatter certain body types and today we are here to destroy them.

Choose schwimmanzug damen According to your Body Type

For people who are too shy with their beautiful breasts, bra top brass is your best friend. You see, especially, when it must be in the water, for the girls on board heavy, it’s all about support and security. Therefore, goodbye waves for bikini strings and bikini tops with no tight pants. Topes with riders’ backs or cross backs, and those with wires underneath are good choices because they give a lot of support both inside and outside the water. On the other hand, women who are on the disadvantaged side, the idea is to create the illusion of fullness. Therefore bikini tops with ruffles or bold and floral prints is your friend. Also, we recommend that you use a plated top and that have symmetrical cuts because they create the illusion of deeper divide by pushing your breasts together.

Similarly, if you are somewhat embarrassed by your considerable spoils, we recommend that you look for darker solid colors such as black and purple, which have a slimming effect, and compliment with a rather naughty top. You should avoid bikini and schwimmanzug damen that expose too much skin because they can feel uncomfortable. On the other hand, if you’re a bit on the flat side, you can get really crazy with bright and bright neon prints. You can even be brave and choose a symmetrical blob of chunks, which creates the illusion of having more indentations or even searching for ruffles again.

Want to hide your stomach? Well, if monokini or one piece is not your favorite, we suggest you go to old school with a high two-tiered piece. Most have a base that pulls your navel, which means you do not have to worry about your muffin being seen, but it’s within incredible reach, from being sweet and flirtatious to being bold and vulgar.

Feeling embarrassed by your athletic body at the beach? We suggest that you choose something like girlie like flower prints with bright colors, and a bikini where the top adds padding to create deeper divisions. But try to stay away from bathing suits that are in one solid block color, as they direct your attention to your entire silhouette. Believe us, swimsuits with cutouts can work wonders for women who complain about not having enough indentations, because they create the illusion of turns. Also, you basically have a variety of choices – humming bikinis, ruffles with ornaments, bold one piece and even pieces of plant.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to people who wear schwimmanzug damen or sport badeanzug, it’s all about personal comfort and personal opinion. All we can suggest is that you buy something affordable and supportable without sacrificing quality. Choose schwimmanzug damen According to your Body Type

All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

For families, choosing the right ski resort is the most important part in planning a sporty winter vacation. To ensure that everyone is happy, there are many things to consider, from accommodation to childcare. This can be a difficult and complicated task even for veteran travelers. To help, here are some things to look out for.
Guaranteed Snow – The ski season can be long, sometimes too long, and the tour company can persuade you cheaply off-season – but then you do not find snow when you get there. No one will suck energy from a party like turning on and finding no snow, so it’s always useful to consult an independent site beforehand. All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

Travel – No one likes to travel, especially small children. We recommend that you keep the trip to a minimum; This means shorter flights and shorter transfers. A resort far overseas may be cheaper, but is it worth deliberate?

Accommodation – Good quality, family friendly accommodation is your top priority. Although a little expensive to start, the lay lodges end up saving money for a week and making the holidays easier for the tired kids and their parents.

Nursery and Ski School – The resort you choose should have a slope for all abilities. If your kids do not have a good skiing experience, it’s also a good idea to check if the resort has breeding and ski schools that are reputable yet affordable.

Off-Piste Activities – On a week-long journey in the mountains, everyone will need to rest from the slopes as often as possible. Make sure that your resort has many off-piste actions, such as swimming pools, sleds or animal farms.

Best Resorts:

With all the factors considered, here are some of the best resorts for families.

La Plagne, France – La Plagne is a large ski area scattered in ten different villages, each with many villas and at least one nursery. There is also a ski school or two in each village, some of which are managed by Englishmen to help the language barrier.

Ylläs, Finland – For the more Christalm atmosphere the kids love, head to Ylläs in Finland. The resort has your off-piste activities covered, offering snowshoeing, deer sleigh rides and sledging. The accommodation here is not right on the slopes, which means that the villa is quieter at night and everyone gets more sleep.

Klosters, Switzerland – Klosters has a reputation for family fun like no other. This is mainly due to Madrisa Land, Switzerland’s largest adventure park on Mount Sonnberg Klosters. The park contains many additional safe areas for children to have fun with the ancient snowball fight and more.

Alpbach, Austria – A cozy little resort, Alpach is very popular amongst British families looking for a less hectic skiing holiday. There are many cottage options built right next to the ski nursery, which is perfect for small children. All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers and hikers make their perfect winter breaks for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal choice. For accommodation anywhere in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. All Ski and Smile: Best Snowy Resorts for Families