“A” is for Alpage

“A” is for Alpage

A is for Alpage and Annecy and animal parade. The Alpage in the Rhone-Alps region of France features all 3.

The ‘Retour de l’ Alpage’ is an annual event that celebrates the return of the animals descending from the Alpine mountains to the villages during Autumn.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the event, which officially started in 1973!

The animals have spent the summer months enjoying the mountain air and the green pastures in the region. They eat the wild flowers and herbs that add specific flavor to the

Balade Gourmande in the Rhone Alps!

Balade Gourmande in the Rhone Alps!

France is known for gourmet food and the French Alps for the beautiful landscape and nature. Add a dash of fitness, mix them together and you have the recipe for a Balade Gourmande!

A Balade Gourmand is a gastronomic walk, usually between 5K – 9K with stops every kilometer or so to enjoy a pairing of food and drink with some type of entertainment.

I was first introduced to this a few years ago in the vineyards of the French Alps.
It was such a good experience, I search for them each year.

They usually occur during warm weather month, June – September and showcase local products. Most of the balade gourmands I have attended pair local, French regional wines along with tapas size local, organic food.

Balade Gourmande Brison Saint Innocent
The walk begins and the first stop has some type of entertainment and with a starter / appetizer. Then a kilometer or so later, another animation with a small dish, followed by another, then cheese and dessert. All accompanied by wine.

Festival Mondial des Cultures du Monde de Chambéry Featuring the Ballet de Savoie!

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Ballet de Savoie performers with Carey Taylor - Le Prince

When I lived in NYC I often went to the theatre. I loved seeing Broadway musicals, off-Broadway plays, the ballet and the opera. I really took advantage of all the culture and diversity NYC had to offer.

So when I heard about the  Festival Mondial des Cultures du Monde de Chambéry, which translates to the World Festival of World Cultures in ChambéryI had to find out more.

For the past 50 years, dance troupes from over 200 countries have come to the Rhone-Alps region of France to perform traditional dances with live music accompaniment.

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