Mont Blanc Esprit de Corps – Rick Steve’s Travel Blog




Hiking Europe’s Tour du Mont Blanc was a completely different part of European culture for me: serving wonderful lunches in a distant farm-turned-thriving cafe… nicely sprinkled with flowers and cows (including classic bells)… and an Esprit de Corps where everyone is like family.

Before returning to our starting point in France, we trailed through three countries – France, Italy and Switzerland. This cow is completely Swiss.
One of TMB’s joys is coming to an old farmhouse on a hillside (or pasture) that, nowadays, is a rich little restaurant for hungry and thirsty hikers. The prices are reasonable, the service is friendly, the food is great and the vibe is a delight.

Since almost everyone hikes in the same direction (counterclockwise), you make friends with fellow travelers. Half of the people on the trail seemed to be from the United States, and I’ve met a lot of Seattleites.

It was easy to cross the long road immersed in deep conversations with those we met along the way.
I enjoyed meeting this fan of my book and TV show, who is celebrating his 60th birthday by hiking TMB with his son.

And for the sake of the hiking lights, the lunches were very simple – just a sandwich from the hotel, probably a carrot, a piece of fruit and water. But after arriving at the Mid-Day Summit, lunch was Marmot’s Feast. (Speaking of marmots, we didn’t see any wildlife on the trail except for a few rats trapped under the hiking boots.)



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