The French Alps in Summer…

It’s been a while since I posted on my blog and I’ve been missing it.  After a busy time lately, I’m spending a few days in the French Alps.  I LOVE the alps in summer almost dare I say it more than in winter.  The landscape, the mountains standing majestic adorned in green, the beauty, the flowers, trees and wildlife are just breathtaking – there is a 360 panorama of the most spectacular views to feast your eyes upon and if like me a photographer; to capture and keep in images.

View of Les Gets from Mont Chery
View of Les Gets from Mont Chery

So I thought I’d share the last few days of eating, walking and cycling around the area.  Les Gets always a favourite, is where I’ve been spendingmost time and here are a few images of this beautiful area in summer.

Lac Montriond
Lac Montriond

The food in this region in summer competes well with the winter staples that we all know and love. I prefer to go for the lighter dishes on the menus of these wonderful savoyard restaurants, although all the old favourites like tartiflette and fondue are still available.

summer view
summer view

At Le Tourbillon in Les Gets I enjoyed their speciality maison – the hot smoked Salmon (mi-fume) served on a bed of lentils is a tasty delight.  They have a new summer menu including some interesting fusion dishes like Fera – a white fish fresh from Lac Leman cooked with a Thai influence.

Salmon mi fume with lentils - Le Tourbillon
Salmon mi fume with lentils – Le Tourbillon

Then on for lunch at a relatively new restaurant La Chamade in Morzine with a known and published chef Thierry Thorens who really pushes the flavours and comes up with some interesting and tasty dishes that are all presented elegantly using many fresh herbs and local produce.

Amuse bouche - La Chamade
Amuse bouche – La Chamade
Gambas with courgette mousse, chorizo and tomato salad
Gambas with courgette mousse, chorizo and tomato salad

Dinner was rather decadently taken at an old favourite Les Copeaux back in Les Gets where I was presented with the amazing salade d’ete! (summer salad). A great selection of freshly cooked salads using the finest ingredients.  They have a new head chef in their kitchens and it’s great to see some innovative dishes, although reassuring to enjoy the same good service.

Salade d'ete - Les Copeaux
Salade d’ete – Les Copeaux

The following sunny day in Les Gets I lunched at another favourite La Pela.  Greeted with the normal friendly welcome, I started with their house apero – a kir maison – sparkling framboise flavoured Savoie wine and a floating raspberry on top. Continuing with my light summer salad theme I ordered the Salade Berger, this included a warm goats cheese parcel, reblochon melted on french bread toasts with jambon de Savoie – ok so it is a summer salad but maybe I use the word ‘light’ a little loosely!

Apero maison at La Péla, Les Gets
Apero maison at La Péla, Les Gets
Salade de Berger - La Péla
Salade de Berger – La Péla

This was followed by the absolutely not to be missed café gourmand! I make no apologies here – this is not light but is a must have when visiting La Pela.  Their home-made desserts are presented beautifully in small taster portions alongside a coffee – what a way to end a fabulous Sunday lunch with friends.

Le café gourmand at La Péla
Le café gourmand at La Péla

There will be a follow-up post to this gastro summer tour of the french alps in summer with more great discoveries in this beautiful region of France – French Alps in Summer Part 2

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10 thoughts on “The French Alps in Summer…

  • July 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm
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    Love this! Stunning photos, mouth-watering food, looks like you are thoroughly enjoying the summer. Looking forward to your follow-up post too!

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    • July 5, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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      Thanks Cortney! I’m working on the follow up all ready! or should I say happily eating in more wonderful places…hardly work!!

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  • July 5, 2015 at 8:53 pm
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    Caroline – your blog has the most beautiful pictures in it! I particularly love the one of Lac Montrion at the bottom of Col de Joux Plane – it is exquisite!!

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    • July 6, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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      Thank you James – all my images are available for purchase!!

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    • August 11, 2015 at 3:43 pm
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      thanks for your comments. The Alps are well worth a visit both in summer and winter.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    Those photos are absolutely stunning, especially the reflection one! I love this post, but now I’m starving. 🙂 I feel like the cafe gourmand is the best idea in any French restaurant, and should be used worldwide!!! Gorgeous post!

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    • August 13, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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      Thank you very much! You’re right the café gourmand is the best invention on a french menu! I make it my mission to try one wherever I go…

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  • August 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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    I’m reading this while hungry having not got around to making myself any lunch and now I’m starving! What a fabulous gastronomic time you had; that café gourmand looks so generous and like you and Christy I think it’s the best recent invention in France!! Your photos of the mountains are stunning, the light is piercingly clear. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutFrance, it’s good to have you back!

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