Festival Croisée des Chemins – World music and arts festival

From Friday 9th August until Sunday 11th August – the first edition of an eco-friendly festival which celebrates music, art, cultures and traditions from around the world.

CHEMINSThe Croisée des Chemins” Festival was conceived by Jacky Canton Lamousse, who took his inspiration from the Desert Festival in Timbuktu, Mali.

Jacky was profoundly moved by the spirit of the “Desert Festival” and its capacity to unite 54 nations in a subliminal musical communion!

From the desert to the mountains… nothing crosses borders nor travels more easily than music! And what better mountain location than the Chamonix Valley to host this international gathering.

The festival takes place in the village of Les Houches, in 3 idyllic locations:

The Chavants lake – Festival village with arts and crafts exhibits, conferences and evening concerts : Friday 9th at 9pm, Saturday 10th at 9pm and Sunday 11th at 4pm

Prarion top lift station – Opening concert on Friday 9th August at 2pm

Merlet Animal park – Concert on Saturday 10th August at 3pm

A total of 5 concerts, uniting occidental and oriental influences through the universal language of music:
UKADANZ -  TERRE MAIRE – ALIF -  TADALAT – JACKY O’STICK

Programme in English Doc de presentation UK (1)

Find out more about the musicians, the conferences, the village on the festival  Facebook page

Practical information: All concerts are free of charge excepting the access to Prarion cable car (if you don’t want to walk up) and the entrance to Merlet animal park.

Festival Badge: You can support the festival by purchasing a badge for 10€. This gives you free access to Merlet, 50% reduction on lift ticket to Prarion and 30% reduction on drinks at Prarion mountain restaurant. Badges available at the Chavants village or at Les Houches tourist office.

Watch the presentation video

Festival Croisée des Chemins – teaser #01 from Godefroy de MAUPEOU on Vimeo.

Facebook page with information in English

http://www.festival-croiseedeschemins.com

A unique nocturnal demonstration of falconry!

For the first time this year, the Bergerie Restaurant, a mountain chalet at 2000m, has organized two original evenings, in the company of some of the Alps largest predators. Next show on August 19th 2013

Les Aigles du Léman

Les Aigles du Léman

A rare opportunity to dine in the mountains, facing one of the most beautiful panoramas in the Alps, whilst being entertained by a professional falconer and his birds of prey.
Eagles, Big Duke Owls and Vultures will take flight in their natural environment as the sun sets behind the mountains…

Find out more about the fascinating flight and the predatory qualities of these impressive birds, in the company of  “Les Aigles du Léman”

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When:    Monday August 19th

Where:  Restaurant Bergerie, Brévent

Detail:   Privatized cable car, aperitifs on the terrace, barbeque dinner including starter, main course, dessert, wine and mineral water.

Falconry demonstrations throughout the evening. Night descent by cable car with exceptional views of floodlit Chamonix

Meeting: 17h45 at the Brevent cable car base station / return to Chamonix at 22h
Cost:   Adults: 70€ , Children under 10yrs: 40€  Family= 2 adults and 2 children: 199€
Booking: Chamonix Tourist Office or Online booking here
For more information: visit the website: www.bergerie-restaurant.com

Preview here:

A new downhill biking trail in Les Houches

As mountain biking becomes ever more popular, the Chamonix Valley has responded to the demand with a new downhill trail which opened on 20th July 2013. The descent departs from the summit of the Prarion Gondola lift in LES HOUCHES:

4 km blue run, 640 metres altitude difference, an exceptional natural environment and variants for expert bikers.


Other dedicated downhill trails at BALME-LE TOUR

Bikers and beauty queens rub shoulders!

Bikers and beauty queens rub shoulders!

  • LES MARMOTTES : Length 2450 m Altitude difference 363 m (Green run)
  • LES CHEVREUILS : Length 2540 m Altitude difference 348 m (Blue run)The day pass for bikers costs 17€ and offers unlimited upward lift use.For more information visit the lift company web site

Cross Country biking trails in the Chamonix Valley
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The Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley offers 20 waymarked cross country trails for all levels of ability. There are trails suitable for family outings, trails that allow you to discover the villages and hamlets of the valley, trails that will take you to superb viewpoints…

On certain trails you may be cohabiting with hikers – please always give them priority! Respect pedestrians, cows, sheep, goats, mountain flowers etc… and have fun.

Transport within the Chamonix Valley is free of charge. Certain buses and trains are equipped for bike transfer. Please check timetables with one of the Chamonix Valley  tourist offices or visit our website. Please also ask the tourist offices to the Mountain Biking trail map.

Don’t forget that you can also hire electric bikes from the tourist offices. See previous article.

Sunshine and Spas – cool tips for hot days!

Chamonix, mountain sports capital, can also be conducive to relaxation! ! Check out these special offers: Pools, Spas, open air Jacuzzis, fine dining and tea time treats!

LUNCH AND SPA

The following establishments propose a gourmet lunch which includes access to their Spa facilities: pool, hammam, sauna, jacuzzi.

Deep Nature Spa et Restaurant l’A -  Hotel les Aiglons, Chamonix

DeepNatureSoinsavecPierreLunch on the terrace with views of Mont-Blanc and access to the Spa and superb outdoor pool

Luncheon = choice of starter and main course or main course and dessert: 22.50 €   (55.50€ to include a 25 minute massage)

Reservations: +33(0)450 559 093  Spa open from 10h to 20h

Spa Serenity – Parkhotel Suisse, Chamonix

JacuzziEnjoy lunch in the traditional Parkhotel restaurant and discover the roof top Serenity Spa and terrace in the very heart of Chamonix with 360° views!

Luncheon = Starter and main course 20€ , with dessert 23€ Reservations: +33(0)450 530 758

Caudalie Spa and Crystal Restaurant – Les Granges d’en Haut, Les Houches

IMG_7221Enjoying an exceptional location above the village of Les Houches,  the Crystal restaurant and the Caudalie Spa and pool are most definitely worth the trip!

Luncheon = starter, main course and dessert: 35€

Reservations:  +33(0)450 546 536

LUNCH TIME POOL SNACKS AND TEA TIME TREATS – a few suggestions

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Take the gondola lift up from Le Tour (45 minutes on foot if you walk up), and don’t forget your bikini or trunks!

Enjoy a 20 minute exclusive jacuzzi, a smoothie of your choice and a pancake, for  unbeatable value: 6.90€ (towel provided)

Reservations not necessary – Jean (John)  is the charming host at Charamillon.

Hotel Excelsior swimming pool – Les Tines hotelexcelsior

Take advantage of this delightful pool which enjoys an enviable location in the hamlet of Les Tines (3 km north of Chamonix)

The Excelsior pool side offer includes: Pool entry, a soda or a beer, a snack (sandwich, hot-dog or croque-monsieur) and an ice-cream. Adults: 13€  Children 5 to 12 yrs: 9€

Chamonix Swimming Pool – Centre Sportif Richard Bozon IMG_9340

For a municipal swimming pool and Spa, this must take some beating! Olympic size oudoor pool with Mont-Blanc views, 2 indoor pools with reserved children’s area, outdoor paddling pool and fun play area, large covered slide, lakeside lawns with snack bar… and a Spa which includes sauna, hammam, jacuzzi…

Entrance to Spa and Pool: 12.50€ open daily from 10h to 19h

Hameau Albert 1er – Spa, pool, terrace and tea time – Chamonix Hameau Albert1er 012gouter.nicolas tosi

If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you!

The traditional farmhouse restaurant of the Maison Carrier is reputed for its “vrai”!An alpine pudding trolley that has to be seen (an savoured) to be believed! Tea time on the terrace is served between 15h and 18h. Self-serve buffet: 12.50€

The gardens of the Hameau Albert 1er are also open to the public for refreshments. Access to the swimming pool is reserved for guests of the Spa “Le Bachal”.

Reservations:  +33(0)450 530 509

The Cosmo Jazz Festival – a phenomenal success!

The Cosmo Jazz Festival goes from strength to strength!

The ‘hills’ are alive with the sound of music and the bars are buzzing to the beat late into the night. Wherever you walk in Chamonix, jazz notes will reach your ears, and you will be enticed from one set to the next – it’s awesome!

JAZZ RACINES HAITI Brevent 31/07/13

JAZZ RACINES HAITI Brevent 31 July 13

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JAZZ RACINES HAITI

The concerts in the mountains certainly are Cosmic! The locations have been carefully chosen to offer a natural amphitheatre and the accoustics are incredible. The experience is memorable for both the musicians and the public!

ROCHE PIANO VERTICAL Chamonix 30th July

ROCHE PIANO VERTICAL
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Have a look at the video of Korean singer YOUN SUN NAH as she performed to 1800 spectators at the Grands Montets on 1st August.

The Cosmo Jazz ended last night, Sunday 4th August 1014179_562904447100051_988336938_n

André Manoukian (organsizer and jazz musician) gave a surprise concert which turned into an incredible Jam session on the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié.

This year’s Cosmo Jazz Festival has been a huge success. A fantastic selection of artists, magnificent locations and glorious weather.

Keep and eye on the festival website and hopefully you’ll be here next summer to share the occasion with us :)