Breathless in the mountains

To work in the hospitality industry gives you a different perspective to everyday life, and vacations. In many ways you become more critical and forget how to just experience life.

Looking into Chamonix

Looking into Chamonix

To have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a guest is a luxury. To find service that surpasses your expectations is an experience to treasure.

The mountains from the balcony of the Grand Hotel des Alps

The mountains from the balcony of the Grand Hotel des Alps

This trip has been everything that I’ve needed and yet didn’t realize: to find my center again, to be renewed with a sense of awe and wonder reflected in the beauty of the mountains, and to be humbled to experience a true excellence in service.

Living in luxury

Living in luxury

I remember why I love this industry. It is for the experiences that can not be put into words.

Beauty in a chocolate shop

Beauty in a chocolate shop

For the moments that a picture cannot capture and for the people that you meet along the way.

Company?

Company?

Thank you Chamonix.

Hiking the Mer de Glace

Hiking the Mer de Glace

Thank you Mascognaz. Thank you Grand Hotel des Alps.

Holiday feelings in the Grand Hotel des Alps

Holiday feelings in the Grand Hotel des Alps

Until we meet again…

The wonderful Grand Hotel des Alps

The wonderful Grand Hotel des Alps

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Up the railway to the Mer de Glace…

Ready for Christmas in the mountains

Ready for Christmas in the mountains

Chamonix (and a slight bit of the Alps) is desperate for snow … the slopes aren’t even open yet. Disastrous for this time of year in regards to the tourism industry. I,being an enjoyer of non-ski activities, have not impacted by the lack of frozen particles of ice and took the cog railway up to the glacier.

The Mer de Glace, is one of the world’s most visited natural sites, and the largest glacier in France. The cog railway has been running since 1908. The train takes visitors up to the glacier where an ice grotto, hiking trails, hotel and restaurant, small crystal and glacier museum, and stunning views await. The grotto and gondola were closed so I walked the area and enjoyed a hot chocolate before descending off the mountain.

Taking a moment to breathe…in the Italian Alps

Located in the Aosta Valley in Italy sits a beautiful property – Hotellerie De Mascognaz. The property was once a thriving/living village (1300s) and in 1901 was christened as a place of meditation and peace by a group of artists (poet, painter, and philosopher).

Today the village still lives. The tranquility and peace are open for those who are open to it. The nine buildings that make up the village contain a total of 23 rooms (combination of suites and standard rooms) housed in various chalets. The essence of the architecture and history has been beautifully preserved whilst blended with luxurious and modern touches. Mountain meets modern meets rustic all encased in luxury finishes and excellent service.

At the end of a long semester, this has proven to be the perfect escape. To step outside and listen to nothing but the wind and creek – to see only the mountains surrounding you (the Monte Rosa featured beautifully and a short hike provides views of the Matterhorn). Enjoying the moment and the chance to breathe and regroup –

Victory is So Sweet

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While I normally do most of my shooting/posting when I travel – my real love is action photography. Specifically sport photography – even more so if I know and enjoy the teams/sports that I’m shooting. The University of Northwestern Ohio men’s soccer team made it to to the NAIA Sweet Sixteen tournament for the first time […]