Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Go in search of chamois in the French Alps
A range of themed hikes is available in the chic French Alpine resort of Megeve. They include an excursion in search of chamois and whistling marmots. Guides will lead visitors into the mountains to watch them and other wildlife through field glasses. Details – some in French – at www.guides-megeve.com. The price as part of a group of at least five people is €29 a head.
Megeve is one the Alps’ most attractive wintersports and summer centres. It was the brainchild of Baroness Noémie de Rothschild in the aftermath of the First World War. She wanted to create a French rival to St. Moritz. Later it became a honeypot for glitterati including Sacha Distel, Jeanne Moreau and the writer, artist and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, who all put up at the Hotel Mont Blanc. Cocteau described it as "the 21st arrondissement of Paris". The hotel's bistro is named after his novel Les Enfants Terribles.