Reasonably on time start from lac de Panthier for a 3h drive to Chamonix. Little boring for Alex, but once the mountain range got in sight that quickly changed. Arrived in Chamonix, at my friend Cedric’s property, we set up camp. Direct view on Mont Blanc included. After a little shopping in the local Carrefour, we got a fire going (handy to have your own forest right behind the house) and the BBQ as well. The rest is just two boys in the wild. Great.
After a reasonably good first night in the tent (no complaints from Alex whatsoever), we kicked off our first full day in nature. How to do that better than with a fresh baguette from the camping shop. While Alex did enjoy nibbling away on the fresh bred, he eventually insisted on his usual breakfast treat- porridge. Learning French on a bike.
After breakfast we decided to go for a countryside bicycle ride. We rented a bike with a trailer for kids and off we went. Our 11km route took us past a maize field, castle Commarin, village Semarey and back to the lake (where we took a quick bath on the shore opposite of our camp before returning home). A quick ice cream to everyone’s enjoyment and off to the beach. This time we took along Alex’s new floating crocodile, which proved an instant hit and he was hardly to get out of water. In the evening we took another trip on the bike alongside nearby canal and with Chateau Neuf (yep, that one with the expensive wine) right behind us.
Monday morning promised an early start to get in a few more attractions before leaving Disney midday. We managed a few with space tour (virtual reality type space trip) the clear favourite for Alex. Having dropped off granddad Bodo at Charles de Gaulle, Alex and myself headed for 3 hours to the South East of Paris. Without major problems we arrived the beautiful lake ‘Lac de Panthier’. No time wasted here … Quickly erected our tent with great support from Alex, hit the beach and got some refreshing lake water, went shopping and had our first BBQ. Two scoops of ice cream before bed time, a little read and off to dream land. Tiring, but really great. Can’t wait for tomorrow!