Les Gets, France

Les Gets is part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. I came here for a week long of skiing and snowboarding! I’ve come to realise that it’s better to ski in the Alps and snowboard in Asia just because of what the majority of people prefer doing. So I switched to skiing after the first 4 days 🙂

I got a ski pass that allowed access to Morzine which is the Swiss Alps – (https://en.lesgets.com/i-want/glisse/ski-map.html) and rented my gear from Berthet sports down at Les Gets Village right in front of the ski lifts.

My recommendations:

  1. Visit Les Gets Village and ski the area. Sometimes you can get lucky and they have various stalls, shows, ice sculpture and live music in the village, especially at night. If you get a super clear day, you can also see Mont Blanc from La Rosta or Le Ranfolly.
  2. Visit Morzine Village and ski the area. Moraine is lower down so the village may sometimes look more dull as the buildings are green and brown rather than covered with snow. They have a really fun ‘zoo’ path with animal sculptures and all the French names hanging. IMG-20180223-WA0035
  3. Try Tartiflette – a dish from Savoy in the Alps. It is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions20180222_120310
  4. There are free buses or little trains that take you across Les Gets village to Mont Chery where you can also ski for the day. The lifts here are super old, so I wasn’t very keen but it’s still different slopes for the day.
  5. Take a walk at the Les Dereches Parc Morzine to see Shetland ponies! You can even ride them if you’d like.

 

Marseille, France

Marseille is a port city in southern France. I visited for a Breaking battle – Undisputed where I managed to also have some fun going around the very walkable city. Here are my recommendations:

  1. Vieux Port (Old Port of Marseille)12341373_10154663417638849_1303514470437682202_n
  2. Buy some live seafood near the port
  3. See the wheel 12373405_10154665365218849_4151365510863966591_n
  4. Notre Dame De-la Garde for the Cathedral and a great view from above!19574941_10211527423234414_9133504971989143201_o.jpg
  5. Walk along the waterfront for some fresh air
  6. Buy their really good quality and nice smelling soaps12359890_10154665368938849_8365954675372467685_n

Paris, France

Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Here is my recommended itinerary:

Tip: All the main sites are very walkable because there are always things to see along the way! So don’t be stuck in their chaotic underground system, just walk everywhere.

Day 1:

  1. Notre-Dam and Pont Neuf where you can see a few locks on the bridge which you can cross to get to the other side for the LourveIMG_20171208_180257_315
  2. The Lourve for its unique pyramid structure and of course, the Mona Lisa inside. Free entry for students btw. Might as well visit the Jardin Des Tuileries and the Ferris Wheel
  3. Stop by Pont Alexander III for its beautiful bridge and shot of the Eiffel from afarIMG_20171209_140720_422
  4. Carry on to the Champs-eleysee and walk its entire length
  5. Reach the Arc De Triomphe IMG_20171209_212850_787
  6. Walk to the Eiffel tower, its surroundings for photos from all angles, and the best view from Trocadero

Day 2:

  1. Moulin Rouge
  2. Sacre-Coeur 20171209_102809
  3. Opera20171210_0954491.jpg
  4. Galeries Lafayette, particularly beautiful during Christmas because of its decorations

Food:

My favourite snack: Definitey try Maxim’s crepe snack

My favourite macaroon brand: Pierre Herme

My favourite bakery – Le Grenier a Pain. Make sure you get their baguettes and croissants ( in between Sacre Coeur and Moulin Rouge)

Chamonix, France

Chamonix is a really special place to ski – Located at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix has pretty much endless amounts of off-piste and freeride skiing. For some of the best views of the highest peak in the Alps head up to the Aiguille du Midi viewing platform before taking on one of the longest and most challenging runs in the world, the Vallée Blanche. Unlike many other French resorts, it’s a large, vibrant town with lots of shops selling the latest ski tech as well as a huge selection of restaurants and bars.

Depending on how many days you have, you can get a pass that crosses to Italy too!

  1. Stay near La Flagere lifts which I felt was a better route up compared to the main town centre which was extremely crowded. Useful slope map here
  2. Tour the town centre and enjoy all its shops and restaurants everyday!
  3. Enjoy the wide space, the fresh air, views and company16387968_10156087996318849_4586955480622012357_n12439383_10154863374618849_2195353030105444772_n12729222_10154861590843849_1415024739483737050_n10392092_10154854686613849_8671394586096002960_n.jpg
  4. Wear a onesie because it’s pretty hilarious on the slopes

Lille, France

Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region in northern France, near the border with Belgium. I actually craved good quality macaroons so hopped on a Euro-star from London to get here! Things you can do:

  1. Rain or shine, tour the city centre which is very small and walkable. The architecture as you can see is just stunning.
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    Grand Place

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  2. Admire paintings inside the underground stations
  3. Lille Cathedral 71797_10151741626113849_1896013538_n
  4. Upside down house 423171_10151741625858849_855856151_n
  5. Try every macaroon flavour601268_10151741626398849_1513300139_n