La Palud Tourism & Travel Guide

Trips and Itineraries for La Palud

Walking around Courmayeur and its neighbouring village, La Palud, on narrow, deserted streets lined with quaint pizzerias, boutiques, chalets and stone cottages, I somehow knew where I wanted to live ten years down the line....

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Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, located on the west coast of the Italian Riviera clinging to the cliff face or are concealed in the miniature inlets perfectly blending into the unique and unspoiled landscape of Cinque Terre (pronounced CHING-kway TAY-ray) which means Five Lands, comprising of these five small coastal fishing villages located in the Italian region of Liguria also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List....

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Weekend Getaways from La Palud  

When I was flying to Milan I had to literally pinch myself to believe, that I am going to a foreign land all by myself and living my dream.It was around 11.30 pm when I landed in Milan and divulged myself with some serious pep up talks because I felt a tad bit lost.Amidst all the battles in my head, I saw a young woman walking towards the train station and befriended her. To my surprise, she was warm and very helpful. She expressed, “I will come with you till the hostel and grab a drink. I am very upset coz my best friend has moved to another city.” And that’s how her melancholy saved me the despair of finding my way.The walk towards the hostel was fascinating as all I saw around me were stores thriving to get my attention and at the end of the long stretch was the hostel — Ostello Bello.The moment I set my foot in the hostel, it seemed like I have entered a high-octane resto-pub. The place played electrifying music and I could hear tons of chitter-patter with copious amount of laughter coming from every corner.Amidst all the initial formalities of checking-in, my eyes were searching for my friend (Sigh! Struggling to remember her name). That’s when Helder (from the front desk) said, “Hey! Your friend just went and left you a kiss,” and I couldn’t do much but smile and thank her from all my heart. The ‘happy’ me chit chatted for a while with everyone before calling it a night.

About La Palud

Courmayeur's immediate neighbour, La Palud is smaller and equally pretty if not prettier. It however, is extremely popular because it is home to the Funivie Monte Bianco, or the Mont Blanc Cable Car which climbs three quarters of the way up Western Europe's highest mountain and then heads into the town of Chamonix in France. Your first stop on this beautiful ride is Pavillion Du Mont Frety followed by Punta Helbronner. If you decide to continue on this spectacular interglacial experience, you will go into Aiguile Du Midi in France and then finally go down to Chamonix. Expect unparalleled views and weather that demands exceptionally warm clothes and sunglasses. The cable car departs every 20 minutes (8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2pm to 4pm) and the tickets should cost you about 18 Euros. If you are not into skiing, this is probably the only thing you can do in and around Courmayeur but do check the weather conditions in advance. The folks at the tourist information office at Courmayeur Centre should be able to help you. Getting there: A free bus service runs every 15 minutes from Courmayeur centre and gets you to La Palud in about 7 minutes. There's a nice, albeit overpriced, authentic Italian restaurant opposite the bus stop in La Palud.
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