|Chalet in Megeve|
Weatherwise, the sun is presently shining in Megève, and the temperature is an invigorating -2 degrees. 85% of the ski area is open. This is the 'Snow Cam' and it's lookin' gooooood....!
|Les Fermes de Marie|
A short distance from the centre of Megève lies a place outside time and far from the everyday world: Les Fermes de Marie.It consists of a little hamlet of high mountain farms several centuries old, where the charming decoration is matched by the soul in every pieces of furniture, and the patina on every object.
As to my particular room, it is described as having a "woody aspect with a terrace or a balcony, an open lounge area to the room, separated bathroom with bath on stoneware or slate. South to south east exposure." Note that last point carefully: that must mean the best chance of sunlight, right? (Southern Hemisphere readers: make the necessary corrections in aspect).
But wait, there's more....Discover the Spa of Les Fermes de Marie, the very first of the Pure Altitude Spas, whose design is a balance of five elements. Amid a blend of stone, wood, livingwater, plants and fire, all the elements have been gathered together to point the way back to serenity and fullness...
The 17 treatment rooms, the indoor swimming pool with view over the gardens, the sauna and the fitness room are an invitation to relaxation...a soothing environment from which you emerge rebalanced.
|Other people. Not me.|
Ahh...I will emerge rebalanced? Excellent. And for non-skiiers such as myself, while waiting for the skiing companions to return so that aprés ski can commence, it seems that Megève offers a number of alternatives (if I get tired of the spa, the novels and the "Spacious rooms inundated with light...", which, frankly, doesn't seem likely), such as exhibitions, horse-drawn carriage rides, a museum with a 17th century chapel, shopping in the quaint village, or a guided tour to something which appears to be a Sacred Mountain:
The Calvary (Le Calvaire) An important pilgrimage site of the 19 th century, ‘le Calvaire’ is registered as one of the Sacred Mountains of Europe and is additionally noted as an historic monument. Here are 15 chapels and oratories, two of which are dedicated to Mary. They retrace the Stations of the Cross and feature several colourful statues, frescos and trompe l’oeil paintings.
And from another website:
Megève, the original chic resort, frequented by royalty and stars alike. Very much a traditional French resort, Megève is an old village that oozes charisma and traditional Alpine charm. It boasts gastronomic delights, as well as some of the most varied nightlife of any Alpine venue...All in all, I can't wait. So if you don't hear from me for a week or so, you'll know what I am doing. If you don't hear from me for a month or so, you'll know what I am still doing. *excited*