The cities of art, love and some of the best wilderness can seem like a dream for some people to visit. Backpacking through the Swiss Alps is something that most people read in romantic novels or from an adventure story from long ago.
Not so this past summer when a small group of adventurers took a trip from Geneva to Paris and explored everything in between.
A hike through the Pyrenees is the perfect beginning to seeing what the big fuss is about when people talk about how great Europe is. A little bit of Spanish practice doesn’t hurt either while roaming the countryside.
The slower French way of life was very refreshing once the group got to Chamonix which really made it feel like summer. The first look at France was more scenic, with views of Mount Blanc and the look of gorgeous valleys and wilderness areas for about 10 days.
The teens then got to watch the Eiffel Tower light up and do the more tourist-oriented sites. But it didn’t lessen the experience because they got to sleep under the stars days before and take in all the beauty that nature had to offer.
This and more is coming this next summer, maybe with some fun extras thrown in along the way.
Food from around the world is much more than just food. It is an exchange of culture and a great way to get to know people.
Wilderness Ventures knows that not everyone gets to experience the joy of cooking at home other than a microwave or when their folks are in the kitchen. That is why every day the teens are introduced to another new cooking opportunity or put in charge of the camp stove.
In Peru, students get to shop in local markets to prepare an authentic Peruvian dish that the host community leaders teach them to make. They go even deeper into Quechua and learn to make meals there that you cannot get anywhere else.
Cooking in France sounds like a dream, but it is a reality for students on the many trips to the beautiful city of Chamonix where they get to speak the language and cook some classic foods. Then they get to work off all of that food with a climb up Mount Blanc.
Aside from city centers. there are plenty of lessons for cooking while camped out in the wilderness. There is no shortage of creative ways to make a delicious meal whether it over a campfire or a modern stove.
French class in school may seem like a never ending spill of words and movies, but when you learn it in France, it takes on a whole new meaning.
That’s why Wilderness Ventures believes in on-site learning with a French language adventure. Teens right how have completed a week of 3 to 4 hour French lessons in Chamonix followed by traveling to areas where they can use their new skills with native speakers.
It wouldn’t be a Wilderness Ventures trip without a trip to the Alps for nature exploration, shopping and learning about the area from people that work in the area in an outdoor career to give the teens some future career ideas.
Next will be a trip to the city of love, Paris, and do some hiking and much more. Stay tuned and au revior for now!