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Exploring the French Alps

Is Finland a little too north for your liking? How about taking your family to the French Alps? Majestic snowcapped mountains. Tall evergreen trees. Snow that sparkles in the sunshine. A crackling fire. Mugs of hot cocoa. Spending time in the French Alps is not only romantic, but it can be a relaxing vacation for the whole family.

When planning a trip to the French Alps, consider bloating your budget for a week or so, and look for luxury ski chalets in France. Consider spending some time exploring places like Fort de la Bastille in Saint-Laurent. While you’re there ride in one of the famous ‘bubbles’ (spherical gondola cabin) to the top of La Bastille and soak in the sweeping winter views.

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience (and a romantic night away from the kids), then visit L’Impossible in Chamonix. This restaurant was originally a barn (circa 1754), and the food is absolutely superb! While you’re in Chamonix, take the kids to Aiguille du Midi, and ride the cable car to the top, where you’ll pass glaciers, and on a clear day you’ll be able to see the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps. After you’re finished soaking in the scenery, why not ski back down!

A small winter road trip through the French Alps is a great away for your family to experience this beautiful part of France. Make stops at museums, and small villages. Stuff yourselves with fresh baguettes, cheese, and wine (for you, not the kids). Take in spectacular mountain views. Stay in chalets, and live life like you’ve never lived it before, and when you need a break, and want to settle down for a few days, check out Meribel luxury ski chalets (purpleski.com), and hit the slopes!

Spend a few days mastering the art of skiing or snowboarding in Meribel, France. Swish down the slopes, and enjoy the fresh air during the day, then have some family fun time in your chalet in the evening. Hopefully all the activity, and fresh air, will wear the kids out, and you and your partner will be able to enjoy some quiet time alone.

Give your kids (and yourself) a chance to catch your breath, and recharge your batteries. Take time to connect with your inner-child, and make a point of playing in the snow. Build snow people, make snow angels, attempt to make your own igloo (remember to use water if the snow is too fluffy). For a special treat, buy some maple syrup and brown sugar, cook it down to a boil, pour it into fresh snow, roll it with clean popsicle sticks, and eat! Homemade maple taffy is to die for.

The French Alps are stunning any time of year, but they seem to sparkle, and seduce more in the winter. It’s a great time to slow down, and absorb your surroundings. If you’re going to blow your travel budget this winter, then blow it in France. The memories are worth the extra money.

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