From full-service refuges to minimalist structures, Europe offers a huge range of mountain huts in all shapes and sizes. However, they do all have one thing in common - the breathtaking views. Whether looking for a place to rest your weary head on a multi-day trek, or as a destination in itself, a good mountain hut provides the chance to relax and reflect while offering protection from the ravages of the mountains. Here is a selection of just some of the spectacular spots around Europe. Gervasutti Refuge in Italy: the world’s highest eco-hotel Resembling a plane fuselage the Gervasutti may look more at home on a film set than in the mountains, however the sleek and futuristic structure has a commanding presence - jutting out into the abyss at 2835 metres on a rocky outcrop on the Fréboudze glacier in Courmayer in northwest Italy. From where it sits the Gervasutti refuge looks upon the imposing East face of the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc massif. Built by LeapFactory … [Read more...] about Top 6 spectacular mountain huts
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A doctor at a surgery in Peterborough is presumed to have died after going missing while on holiday in a French mountain town. Dr Robert Bailey is a senior partner at Minster Medical Practice which is situated inside the Thomas Walker Medical Centre in Princes Street, Park ward.Callers to the GP surgery are hearing a recorded message alerting them that Dr Bailey was involved in an accident last Thursday while in Chamonix, which borders Switzerland and Italy.The Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed this afternoon: “We are in contact with the French authorities concerning a missing British man and are assisting his family.”Dr Bailey is the clinical lead for end of life care at the Peterborough & Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is also on the board of the Local Commissioning Group.Dr Gary Howsam, clinical chair at the CCG said: “Sadly we can confirm that Dr Bailey, senior partner at Minster Practice, part of the Octagon group, who was on … [Read more...] about Peterborough doctor feared dead after going missing during holiday in French mountain town
When we think of skiing, often the only thing we can picture is the bright white mountain peaks, crisp air and exhilarating feeling of carving our way down the slopes. But, in reality, our favourite winter holiday is a lot less clean than we think. As we generally become more aware of our impact on the environment, more news stories have broken of the significant pollution experienced by some of the most popular ski resorts. A few years ago, it was reported that the air quality in Chamonix had become so poor that it was as bad as that of London. In fact, several of the resorts along the French Alps – Megeve and Saint Gervais to name but two – have seen a huge decline in the air quality over recent years. Considering their natural beauty and seeming rural wildness, the idea that ski resorts are overrun with toxicity and disrupted wildlife seems at odds with what we see. So where does this pollution come from? For starters, when you think about the fact that a staggering 120 … [Read more...] about How to have a responsible ski experience?