I went to visit Nikki from www.chaletsavoiefaire.com in the small hamlet of Naves.? Naves is perched high above the Tarentaise valley opposite the resort of Valmorel.
In winter Naves has cross-country ski trails and is an excellent spot for snowshoe walking too.? Facing South it’s a really sunny spot; no deep shadows in the winter.
Nikki and I compared our frustrations of dealing with French administration; hers with registering an old “classic” car and mine with the URSSAF that deals with “cotisations” (equivalent to National Insurance in the UK).
She showed me around the chalet; the massive kitchen with facilities for her cooking groups; the beautiful bedrooms and the lounge.? A great place to “get away from it all” or a “stop-off” on the way to and from the winter resorts.
After saying goodbye I took the time to visit the rock face about 10 minutes from the chalet and chatted with a few of the climbers there.