The Melting Tips!- Newsletter #15

Grab your beanie and gloves!

For this winter, if you don’t know what to do in your free time, why not go ski?!  You’re in luck because in France there are the Alps and Pyrenees mountains. France has without a doubt some of the best ski stations in the world. It adds up to more than 200 stations, mainly located in the Alps and the Pyrenees.

The Winter Olympic Games also have been help many times in France: in 1992 at Albertville, in 1968 at Grenoble and 1924 at Chamonix. You can find on the French Alps some of the biggest skiable areas in the world, including the 3 Vallées with 600 kilometers of  skiing trails! In addition, you can also find the best summer ski stations in Europe. Here are some of the best ski stations in the Pyrenees:

  • PIAU-ENGALY : Two steps away from Spain, Piau-Engaly offers a wide playground fit for all levels; whether you be a complete newbie, fan of skiing or even amateur pro. In the setting of snowy mountain tops, this station with no cars characterizes itself  with its original housing architecture that perfectly merges in the landscape. 
  • PEYRAGUDES : Smooth curves, long uninterrupted trails, fluffy snow valleys… Open on 2 hillsides of the mountain, Peyragudes is definitely a beautiful spot for sunny rides down the slopes in an intact environment. Since its opening, the station offers as well services and animations always more innovating and surprising in order to guarantee endless fun.   
  • GRAND TOURMALET : The Grand Tourmalet is the most extensive skiing areas of the French Pyrenees. On one side, the Mongie massif at the foot of the trails; on the other side, the Barèges massif with the authentic pyrenean village spirit. The Grand Tourmalet guarantees an awesome ski trip with the Pic du Midi on the site and its free-ride slopes. 
  • CAUTERETS : Cauterets, a village with original architecture and two different skiing areas. Le Cirque du Lys for example is perfect for trail skiing with its heavily snowy site thanks to its geographical exposition. 
  • LUZ ARDIDEN : Luz Ardiden is a young and friendly site. With its 3 riding areas (Aulian, Bédéret and the Combe de Piet) the station offers a rich and diverse skiing area. In addition, it has great off-course areas of Bernazaou and 1250 meters drop! I the village of Luz-Saint-Sauveur, the setting is authentic and the mood is festive; a perfect spot to stay at!
  • SAINT-LARY-SOULAN : With its 3 related sectors, Saint-Lary is a big pyrenean ski station that is equally sporty and family friendly. The Saint-Lary village, linked with the skiing area by ski lifts and gondolas, offers a warm, authentic and friendly atmosphere in a real pyrenean village next door to Spain. 
  • VAL LOURON : Val Louron, it’s the big station for the little ones! This station with no cars, overnight stays at the bottom of the trails, a nice area for beginners and a calm and peaceful place to ski with your family and/or for a first time experience.
  • GAVARNIE : Le Cirque de Gavarnie is the mountain spot that is known worldwide. In the winter time, Le cirque maintains its quality reputation and the beauty of its ice cascades available for beginners and pros.  In addition its skiing areas, ideal for a family or friends gathering, offers some exceptional panoramas.
  • HAUTACAM : All the benefits combined at this family friendly and accessible station with spectacular panoramas, a nice sunny atmosphere and lots of fun and safe spots to enjoy nature and the crisp mountain air.

Now back here in Bordeaux there’s still plenty of things to do for these up and coming weeks.

Kedge Activities Schedule for January

Life in Bordeaux

For the foodies:

Next to la Cite du Vin up north in Bordeaux, you will be pleasantly to find here ‘Les Halles de Bacalan’. This place mixes market, restaurant and food stands for any time of the day to enjoy with your friends. It’s as beautiful on the inside as it is outside and it’s perfect for all you foodies ! Check out their website: https://biltoki.com/hallesbacalan/https://biltoki.com/hallesbacalan/

For the sightseers:

For only 12,50 enjoy an hour-long cruise on the Garonne River and discover the treasures of Bordeaux along its UNESCO-listed waterfront. Hear about the history of Bordeaux and its wine trade from the boat’s captain as you travel along the river quays. https://www.getyourguide.com/bordeaux-l287/bordeaux-1-hour-unesco-cruise-t89685/

For the adventurous:

Imagine seeing Bordeaux in a new light, without listening to a tour guide. With this unique discovery game, enjoy a gentle stroll around the city as you solve riddles to take you to different locations and learn more about this fascinating city with your group of friends (up to 5 people). https://www.getyourguide.com/bordeaux-l287/bordeaux-city-discovery-game-t172806/

And introducing a new section in our Newsletter, the Melting Potes Travel Tips! Here we’ll be on the lookout and find some of the greatest flight and travel deals perfect for weekend venture:

Quick weekend break to Milan?

Anyone feel like they’ve seen a good portion of Bordeaux and wants to travel somewhere else in Europe? We’ve spotted a great Ryanair flight deal from Bordeaux to Milan for only 28€ this weekend (January 31st – February 2nd). Spend some time wandering through the fashion capital of Italy eating pasta, pizza and gelato… yum.

If you’re not yet tired of the French culture, you can also fly to Marseille for only 25€ and Lille for just 35€! Or if you want to keep your carbon footprint low, take the FlixBus to Toulouse for only 6€ and spend a weekend in one of the best student cities in France.

To find these deals, you can use SkyScanner.com and the FlixBus website. Bon voyage!

Since after all you are here to experience French culture, we are back at it again with another hearty winter dish!

Le Gratin Dauphinois- Traditional French Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2kg of potatoes
  • 35 cl of liquid cream
  • 35 cl of milk
  • 1 big garlic clove
  • Casserole Dish

Step 1 – Peel the potatoes and cut them into thin slices. Then, wash the potato slices with water in order to remove the starch and lay them dry out on paper towels for as long as possible.

Step 2 – Reheat the oven at 180°Celsius. Mince your garlic at the bottom of your casserole dish. Then lay on top the potato slices. 

Step 3 – Mix the liquid cream and milk and pour the mixture over the potatoes. Add salt and pepper to your taste.

Finally
Put in the oven for : 60 minutes. Enjoy!!

Finally, we have another Translation Game for you guys with all french sayings!

  • Voir midi à sa porte 
  • Ça casse pas trois pattes à un canard 
  • Se mettre sur son trente et un
  • Entre chien et loup
  • Mettre la main à la pâte
  • Rouler quelqu’un dans la farine
  • L’habit ne fait pas le moine
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