France has always had my heart. From the unfalteringly romantic Paris to the breathtakingly beautiful towns on the French riviera, this Western European country has it all. While the whole of France is gorgeous, Coco and I keep returning to the French Alps time and again. On our first trip, we discovered the beautiful commune of Chamonix. Two years later, we went back and spent three days in Besancon. This year, we decided to experience adventure and life in Val D'isere.
Oh, before you ask, Coco is my 6-year-old Shih Tzu who loves snow as much as kids love cake and candy. I brought Coco into my life after I moved to London and took up my first job. He is an excellent travel partner, perfectly behaved, and as excited about discovering new cities as I am. Since he is a dog, he is the happiest in places where I have to wear three coats before I can even get out.
France is a dog-friendly country. We decided to visit Val d'Isere mostly because Coco and I had loved the French hospitality received in the past. Further, the French Alps are the perfect place to holiday if you are a snow-loving human-doggo team like Coco and I. We love going out for long walks in the snow. I let Coco run free. Since French people, in general, love dogs and other small animals, Coco always manages to make new friends within only a few days of being in the French Alps.
We took the Eurotunnel as it is convenient and quick. I had to put Coco in a dog carrier. However, since the journey between London and Paris is a rather short one, he was completely relaxed. From Paris, we took a TGV train. Since Shih Tzus are a small breed, travelling with them on trains isn't much of a problem, especially when they are in dog carriers. However, if your pooch won't fit a basket or carrier, I recommend doing some research before buying train tickets. Further, if you are planning to travel with your dog, make sure that your pooch has a valid pet passport, is properly inoculated, and has a microchip.
The picturesque commune of Val D'isere has many pet-friendly accommodations. This ski lovers' paradise is filled with families travelling with their dogs. Many hotels allow dogs. We decided to stay at a beautiful ski chalet. On our first day, we did some exploring around and mostly played snowball. Many families and pet-owners choose to ski with their dogs, but since Coco is rather small, skiing isn't a sport he particularly enjoys. In the evening, we enjoyed a nice dinner at the Doudoune Club. Val D'isere has many pet-friendly restaurants and bars. Cocorico, Dick'e Tea Bar, and Folie Douce are some of the must-visit dog-friendly spots. During the next two days, we enjoyed some beautiful hikes and mostly focused on eating good food.
Val D'isere is a fantastic destination to explore with your furry friend. The people are warm, and there are many adventurers to be unravelled. If you are planning a trip with your pooch, consider exploring the French Alps.