The week will incorporate walking excursions with a qualified mountain leader (www.trekecrins.com) to find everything edible in our surrounding area, from foraging in the forest for edible plants, nuts, flowers and fungi to visiting local cheese, honey, produce farms and markets. Our UK award winning chef will show us how to incorporate the foods we find and buy locally into regional and and not so regional but interesting dishes which we will feast on each evening.
After a very successful Autumn art course we will be running another watercolour painting fully catered course in Vallouise in May 2015. Since we only run very small courses everyone is welcome from beginners to advanced painters. See pictures from our Autumn course on this page of our website: http://www.alpbase.com/photos/by_category/62 and Dawn Prettys website: http://www.dawnpretty.com/
The Ecrins National Park is the perfect destination to hike with family, friends or for sportspeople. Now there is an Ecrins Trekking website and downloadable application that has hundred treks and more than 1000 points of interest described and illustrated with many pictures. The website contains a dynamic map, a 3D navigation, some GPS tracks and free downloadable printable sheets of the hikes. Rando Ecrins mobile The mobile application is now available for free on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad). It enables you to browse all of the treks descriptions, pictures and points of interest. You can also download the hikes in your smartphone or your tablet to look at them without internet connection. http://rando.ecrins-parcnational.fr/en/
14th April and 25 degrees today. The migrating birds are back, and the Spring flowers have sprung.