MONT BLANC HIGHLIGHTS

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

This was my first mountain holiday in four years.  I was pleased to find I could still get up into the mountains with my two new hips. A real sense of achievment to be back amongst the peaks and panoramic views.  (Sorry folks if I held you up a bit on the upgrades).

What did you think of your group leader?

Oliver was an excellent leader, keen to share his extensive knowledge of flora and fauna and of the geography of the region. He  lead the group in a very civilized fashion, and kept us all together. The organisation involved was first class and everything ran very smoothly. He gave good ideas for the day off, and provided us with much humour and entertainment throughout.  And one must not forget Dillon the amiable foxhound who walked three plus times as far as anyone.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Don't forget walking sticks.  Take a water supply with a feed tube. If you stop to drink - as I do - you get behind all those keen types who drink on the hoof - at least on the upgrades.  Mind you, I like to stop , so don't really approve.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Elaine and Oliver work very hard to make a successful holiday. Elaine cooks the food with flair - varied, good quality, giving a mixed diet, and plenty of it.  The chalet is homely and in good order - very comfortable but not the Savoy Hotel.  A very good atmosphere.  Oliver becomes sommelier and maitre d'hote and Elaine appears to do everything else including a bit of taxi driving to pick us up. My wife andI thank both of you.