A honey of a view

Posted: July 29, 2017 in Travel
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Finally!  It’s lunch time.  We’ll eat at Chalet-hôtel du Grand Ballon, (you can view this in English by clicking the box on the upper right), but first we have to make a stop at the Famille Riche store, filled aromatically and beautifully with all things honey-related.  The family raises the bees, using the honey in a variety of products.  My s-i-l gifted me with a jar of honey, almonds in honey, and a beeswax Christmas candle.  I bought several trios of honey-based soaps as gifts. If you have a minute, take a look at their website.  You’ll find beautiful things.  The almonds in honey taste wonderful on chèvre or foie gras.  You can take my word on that!  🙂

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It was summer, so there wasn’t heat on in the restaurant, so we were freezing, although the lunch was delicious.  The hotel has a long history since the late 1800’s.  My s-i-l is sure that this hotel was owned by a Jewish family, then taken over and used as an SS headquarters.  I couldn’t find confirmation online, although obviously it might not be something the present owners would be interested in mentioning. It does have a great view, though.

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Now that the fog was gone, the view from the top of the Grand Ballon (remember, that’s a mountain) was quite something.  However, the wind was fierce, so I had to hang onto my phone for dear life.  At least it had blown the fog and clouds away.

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Outside the hotel.

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Remember me mentioning all those wildflowers?

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When I take up the tale again, you’ll find us in a town that shares the same last name with my s-i-l in Arizona, her maiden name.  Until then.

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful views, and such bounty at the Famille Riche store. I’ve just been browsing the website!

    • I wanted to buy everything and was regretting that I could only bring back one suitcase without paying a ridiculous amount extra!! Each visit I take less on the way over and yet my suitcase is crammed on the way home. I couldn’t even bring the bottle of great champagne my s-i-l wanted to give me. 😦


  2. Dan Antion says:

    That is such a pretty place to stop for lunch and a respite from thd wind. Besutiful photos, Janet. I love being in the mountains when the fog burns off of the clouds blow away. It’s like unwrapping a gift.

  3. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I love the views, near and far, at this location. So much to see and taste—a banquet for the senses.

  4. Transporting scenery, thanks.

  5. joey says:

    I love the mountain bluet, such showy specimens, I have some in my garden.
    Gorgeous views again! What a sight, history or no history.
    I am a honey lover, too. Too bad I’m allergic to bee stings, or I’d probably keep bees! My husband’s family has a great connection to a beekeeper and that keeps us well-stocked in glorious fresh honey 😛
    When I lived in Georgia, I visited Savannah Bee Company for fancy finds. They’re online, but it’s not the same as local and shiny glass shelves and sampling 😉

    • I used to get some great honey when my s-i-l lived in Provence, especially the lavender honey. But I’ve pretty much enjoyed all the honey I’ve had.


  6. Beautiful and sounds tasty! I love honey, every way and type I’ve ever tasted.

  7. Alex Olander says:

    Great information, very nice photos, thanks for sharing 🙂