The balmy spring weather is playing hard to get in the Seattle area. The occasional break of sunshine beckons us outside, but the coolness is a factor.
While in the Alps — I noticed the cool air didn’t stop people from lingering outdoors. Even with snow on the ground, people were drawn to the comfortable outdoor seating for the fresh air, the view, and a drink or dessert. What did they do to stave off the cold?
As they have for years, they offered good old fashioned animal skins and blankets, but these were the more chic sort of skins and blankets.
At Chez Vrony, located in the small village of Findelbord, on the ski slope above Zermatt, they are always ready to après ski with plenty of blankets, shearlings and pillows on hand. These blankets, printed with their logo made great party favors when my friends and I went for lunch, to read more about that day click on champagne, Assiette du Valais, and Chez Vrony.
In town, the fluffy outdoor seating at this restaurant along the charming, winding pedestrian streets of Zermatt was most inviting.
The chairs at a remarkable design shop across from the market in Chamonix, France were a nice place to pause and enjoy the view.
This shop is known for their hot chocolate. They created benches of the windowsills of the shop, placed a silver shearling on top and and placed this simple, metal table in front. This is a premium location for people watching in Zermatt, whilst sipping the best hot chocolate in town. This maybe a little hard to see, because the colors are so subtle, but the shopping bag is on the silver shearling covered bench.
This door has nothing to do with the topic, but I loved the colors and the creativity of decorating a door with script. It was a lovely sight while strolling through Interlaken, Switzerland on Easter morning.
The Simply Luxurious Life says
I love the idea of having blankets readily available for guests. Your experience in the alps sounds amazing. Thanks for taking us back there again. I like the new background for the header. I recently just read your about page and can only imagine the experiences you had while working for Starbucks. What a job you had! I have to say, way back in my early twenties =) I worked as a barista in Portland and I was very impressed with the company and their mission. Even though I was a lowly part timer with another full time job, they treated each of their employees very well. Short, but a very memorable experience. I would love to sit down with you some time and hear some of your experience and learn from your knowledge.
Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sun that finally decided to come out!
Emily Heston says
SLL — At which store did your work? Maybe we met at one time.. It would be very fun to meet you. I have family in Portland so I get down there every once in awhile. I'll try to figure something out on my next visit.
Enjoy the sunshine!!
Well you certainly know how to travel in great style. Would love to trace your steps someday.
The Zhush says
Would happily wrap myself in fleece or fur and dine at any one of these amazing spots!