France Travel Junkie Diary of

Maryam Yamani

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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We are in Courchevel, the French Alps, a spectacular place with Maryam Yamani. A Franklin College International Communications and Media Studies Graduate and Co-founder and Owner of Useless Store. Editor of Trendcrumbs.com, a personal style blog dedicated to share my latest seasonal trendspirations, looks, style edits, and exclusive collaborations. Besides being a full-time headbuyer, she also established Trendcrumbs Bijoux, a hip boho-chic accessory line. Maryam is from Saudi Arabia and is simply one of the best travel partner to travel with to such chic hideaways! Traveling with her always brings new experiences to our blogs! Enjoy her voyage!

Here is her diary

Destination: Courchevel – The French Alps.

Courchevel offers beautiful scenery, exclusive shopping, and good restaurants and is one of the best ski resorts in the world. It is the perfect family mid-year getaway, whether you plan to spend all day on the piste or opting for a more relaxing break at the spa. It is a family place that offers a variety of ski and snowboard options for all ages and ski levels, whether you are a beginner or an expert in skiing.

Stayed at Le Mélézin

The hotel is extremely cozy with an exceptional service. It is located on the Bellecôte ski slope and has a ski room right on the slope where hotel guests can store their skis and snowboards. The bellboys at the ski room assist you with everything including the correct way to wear your skis and arranging ski instructors and mountain guides from the AM till the PM. If you’re looking for an après-ski chill out, the hotel also has both an outdoor and an indoor fireplace with blankets and a super dense chocolat-chaud! In terms of health and fitness, you do not need to worry about messing up your exercising routine; the hotel has a gym with a variety of equipment and a healthy section on the room service menu. Finally, the cherry on top is the spa. I tried the anti-stress and Thai massage and I highly recommend both after a tiring day of sports on the slopes. I stayed at the ‘suite ski piste’ a spacious room with a separate sitting room overlooking the slopes. The view is breathtaking and you can see it all the way from your bed!

Month Best time is in January

In your suitcase Thermals (Tops and Bottoms), Mid-Layer Thermal Fleeces, Ski Suit (Stella McCartney x Adidas), Stockings, Regular Socks,
 Ski Socks, Snow Boots (Moon boots). 
Sweaters , Fur Coat Accessories: Beanie,
 Scarf, Neck Warmer, 
Headband, Earmuffs, Ski Goggles, Sunglasses, Ski Gloves (Preferably waterproof)
. Beauty Essentials:
 Rich Long Wear Moisturizer
(La Mer), Sunblock (La Roche Posay 50+ Tinted Sunblock), Lip block (Piz Buin), BB Cream (Dior Hydra Life – Optional: for a healthy glow on the slopes ☺).

Dined at My top two restaurants were Le Cap Horn and Chalet de Pierre. They both have the old chalet look style and a festive atmosphere. I highy recommend the Burrata cheese with Pesto sauce at Cap Horn and the dessert buffet at Chalet de Pierre is simply irresistible. Do not even think about dieting on this vacation!

Shopped If you’re a beauty junkie like myself, the first place you’d want to shop at in France is at the “Pharmacie”. My French pharmacy must-haves list is endless, to name a few: Bioderma’s Crealine Eau Micellaire, Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, Caudalie Eau de Beaute, Avène Masque Apaisant Hydratant, Nuxe Rêve de Miel lipbalm, Nuxe Rêve de Miel cream for hands and nails, Klorane Shampooing Sec Extra-Doux dry shampoo. I also shopped at the Chanel boutique, they have an exclusive collection and you’ll end up finding what you are looking for without having to wait in a long queue and the salespeople are super sweet and friendly.

Diary My day started at 7 AM, I’d wake up and have breakfast in my room, a cheese platter normally, since I am in France. After everyone else in the family has woken up, we’d all gather in the ski room and get ready to hit the slopes. We split up depending on our level of experience; usually the kids would go with an instructor to the green slopes. We then meet up for lunch at any local restaurant for an hour break and then continue skiing. By 5 PM, we’d be back at the hotel to take off our skis. I’d either have some time alone at the spa or go for a coffee and dessert bonding time with my parents. After I’ve relaxed my muscles for a bit, I like to walk around the town and shop till dinner time which is around 8 – 9 PM. Many restaurants there offer music and a very entertaining ambiance! By 11 PM I’m dead and cannot wait to hit the bed.

Tips Leggings are not thermals, they do not warm you up and could make you feel colder as they do not dry in case of getting wet. Finally, Keep your visit to Courchevel short and sweet, not too short that you’d miss out on sightseeing and not too long that you’d get bored. I highly recommend the following instructor (Tell her you’re from Mimi Yamani’s side): Noelle Chedal, [email protected] , +33687695800

Mode of travel There are no direct flights to Courchevel. I took Lufthansa airlines and had a transit in Frankfurt and Geneva. Jeddah à Frankfurt à Geneva à Courchevel. I took the car from Geneva to Courchevel it is around two hours more or less depending on the traffic.

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Afternoon view from the hotel Anti-stress Massage at Le Melezin Burrata Cheese at Cap Horn Chanel Boutique - Courchevel Outdoor Fireplace Spa at Le Melezin

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