The Chamonix shuffle
23.03.2016 3 °C
Under the general heading of "people watching" I now add the sub-head of "Chamonix Shuffle". This is a sight peculiar to ski towns, and involves the wearing of rigid ski boots through the streets on the way to the lifts. The gait is one of an exaggerated long rolling step accompanied by a loud clunk and I imagine it takes a little practice to pull it off. I'm thinking this was how Rock'n'Roll came into being?
Unfortunately a trip up Le Brevant was out yesterday because of the high winds so we mooched around town, ate Ham hocks with lentils for lunch, drank some excellent red in doing so, and generally did the touristy thing. Wine is cheap and good, so is the food. Everything else is not cheap.
There is a bloke who sits in a large carriage pulled by a massive draught horse, festooned in Russian Cossack style garb (both of them) and calls himself "Jivago" (as in Dr. Zhivago). He waits patiently for customers to pay for a ride in his carriage, and he affects a fierce scowl and as much as I want to photograph him (Luke says it would make a great portrait) I think he would likely climb down rip the Canon from my hands and afterwards I would have an inbuilt "Chamonix Shuffle"!.
Here's hoping the wind drops tomorrow for a trip to the top. Otherwise it's Snowshoeing through the valley. Ho Hum.
Streetsoup and Streetsoupette.