Café in the cafe

Posted: July 24, 2017 in Travel
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Flying below the fog but not below the rain, the damp chill eventually found its way into our bones.  That meant time for a hot drink, but it was mid-morning Wednesday and the few places we saw were closed.  Although Le Paquis des Hautes Fees didn’t appear to be open, it was and we went in, thankful to get out of the wind and cold.  The view looked decidedly better from inside.  🙂

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We were the only customers in the quaint restaurant filled with attractive, well-built furniture.

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My usual coffee tipple of a cappuccino wasn’t on offer here (no machine), so I settled for a café au lait, which I enjoyed while thawing out.  Café is one of those words called a false cognate.  English-speakers would see a cafe as a place to eat, while in France, you would be drinking coffee.

Had it been lunch time, we would have tried the food on offer, which sounded good. On a side wall, there were some photos of the older times in the area.

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After trip to the facilities (never waste the chance), we were ready to leave. The weather hadn’t improved, but our spirits and inner temperatures certainly had!  The view on a beautiful summer day would be wonderful and if you were a skier, looking out over piles of snow would be just as good.  (Click on the highlighted link above to see the view in winter and some of the food they serve.)  But we were on a mission of exploring the fog-covered mountains, so we piled into the Defender and were off.

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  1. Aletta says:

    it really looks so cold!

  2. Leya says:

    Glad you found a place to recover! It looks quite cosy to me, and i always love them having photos of the old days on the wall. That makes me feel they treasure their little place.

  3. Beautiful. I love little places like that, and the scenery is gorgeous there, too.

    • Madison, you know how I love the mountains, so these brought so much joy to my soul! We got back on a day with sunshine, too, so you’ll get to see that as well.


  4. Enjoyed each image for its story, especially the first.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    Looks like you found a nice place to stop. I might have ignored the time and tried a bit of their food.

  6. Allan G. Smorra says:

    The cafe looks quite warm and inviting. Your photos really capture the mood inside, and out.

  7. marianallen says:

    “After trip to the facilities (never waste the chance)” LOL! A girl after my own heart! That cafe looks like a place that would have good food. I adore that staircase! Thank you so much for including it! I agree, that view looks much nicer from inside a snug cafe than it would look out walking. Brrrr!

    • Marian, you should especially never waste (so to speak) a chance when you have to buy something to use the facilities anyway! From what I saw on Trip Advisor or Yelp, the food is good, but it just wasn’t time for us to eat yet, from a hunger point of view. I’m glad you felt cozy while reading. 🙂


  8. joey says:

    SO cozy! It truly speaks of respite. Loved your false cognate reference, too.

  9. What a charming spot to get warmed up with a café, and enjoy the view from there. The mist and fog on the mountains is lovely.

  10. Su Leslie says:

    A hot drink and a trip to the restroom; never fail to improve my mood. It looks like a lovely place Janet. Perhaps a return trip on a future visit?

  11. Madhu says:

    Lovely spot for a coffee, even with the view blanked out.