5 Things to look forward to this winter

© Savoie Mont Blanc / Chabance © Savoie Mont Blanc / Chabance

1: Whether you live in Europe, North or South America, chances are you’re close enough to a ski resort to plan a last minute or rapid winter getaway. The ski season has already begun in many European countries and some resorts in the United States and Canada are already open. There’s nothing better than a quick trip to the mountains for an authentic breadth of fresh air.

Photo Courtesy of the Budapest Szechenyibath Baths
Photo Courtesy of the Budapest Szechenyibath Baths

2: The Budapest Baths are open year-round but there is nothing quite as enjoyable than entering the water heated at 39° or 41° in the exterior baths, while the outside temperature doesn’t peak over 2° or 3°.

Photo Courtesy of le Chalet de Neuilly
Photo Courtesy of le Chalet de Neuilly

3: Raclette and Fondue are typical winter dishes you usually savor during a ski trip or on a very cold night. The main ingredient for both recipes is cheese, melted in both instances but heated in a pan for Fondue and served with bread and melted under a grill for Raclette and usually served with potatoes, cold cuts and cornichons (small pickles). Either way, these dishes are delicious and will warm you up in no time.

Photo Courtesy of Lecrans Hotel & Spa
Photo Courtesy of Lecrans Hotel & Spa

4: Is there anything more pleasing than curling up under a warm blanket in front of a rustic and imposing chimney? Cherish this time by admiring the vibrant flames or take the time to read the book you’ve most certainly been meaning to start for months.

Hot Chocolate at the Deux Magots5: A nice thick and velvety hot chocolate, dark, milk or white as once savored at Angelina’s in Paris), need we say more?