So Spa So Good

By Phil on 2013.08.23 In Tour du Mont Blanc

We had another bizarre night in a refuge in our first night in France, where they turn lights out after dinner and they use candles to light up seating area then you have to use head torch in all other areas.

Not sure if the French family sharing our room appreciated Joe’s snoring. It seems his anti snoring strips don’t work in France. He was snoring like a trooper last night. Luckily me and Pepe are used to him and now have industrial strength silicon ear plug defenders which work a treat.

Following the usual very basic French breakfast of coffee in a cereal bowl, bread and jam we were looking forward to the days walk which was all downhill with a total 1136km descent to our spa hotel! Just what we needed after two days of roughing it in refuges in Italy and France and not being washed or shaved. We were starting to look like those amazing Chilean miners who were rescued a few years ago after being trapped for 69 days.

It was another glorious day and we were so glad we had a day of descent into Les Contamines after the last two killer of days.

On the way down we found the fantastic “posh” Refuge Nant Borrant where we stopped for the best food we have had in days. Certainly beats out smash potato at Rifugio Elisabetta. We washed it down with a large pint of panache and ice cream deserts. Welcome back to civilisation! Tres Bon!

We then raced to Les Contamines and our spa hotel La Chemenz for a well deserved wash, shave, sauna, jacuzzi, pool and top notch food!

Minutes after checking in we headed to the outdoor heated pool. We all sat on the edge just cooling our feet waiting to jump in. Then out of nowhere Pepe Perkins took off his shorts to reveal some rather tight fitting swim pants. Me and Joe just looked at each other before breaking into a fit of laughter. Joe: “Jesus, have you painted those on!” Think Pepe was wanting to compete with me and Joe and our short shorts we wear for walking to get a tan. But think he went a bit far. I don’t think we will see them out in public again as he quickly put his other shorts back on over the top.

We then headed to the sauna and jacuzzi. From one extreme to the other compared to our last two days! It was heaven! Before treating ourselves to to a few bottles of their regional wine and a four course meal in their posh restaurant. Needless to say we were only TMB walkers staying here. Can only imagine where the other were staying. No smash for us tonight instead we had soup, gazpacho, salmon risotto, tagliatelle, some veggie stuff and deserts. Tres Bon!!!

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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