A penny for your thoughts? Colloquial or ‘local’ expressions can be a bit bizarre and hard to explain! They do add colour and humour to any language. Raining cats and dogs? You’ve hit the nail on the head! Here’s a selection of French idioms to get to know! Chaleur d’aout c’est du bien partout – […] Read more
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The Summer courses are drawing to a close here at Insted and we have reached the final day of the Intensive courses which have been running for 10 weeks. We have the evening course continuing every Tuesday and Thursday from 1800-1930 until the 31st August. Why not join us for some French lessons this Autumn? […] Read more
We have had another happy trip come to an end with our Overland Summer groups. The students had a great time learning French here in Chamonix whilst exploring all the area has to offer in terms of hikes and outdoor activities. They covered alot of ground on foot […] Read more
The famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc is almost here! Considered one of the world’s toughest trail running races it starts from Chamonix at 6pm on the 28th August. This unique event will see around 2,300 participants attempt to complete the 170km with 10’000m altitude gain. We wish everyone taking part the very best of luck! Here’s some French […] Read more
France has an incredible circus tradition that draws crowds throughout the year. For many cultures and especially in Europe, the circus is an outdated spectacle from the past that has lost its attraction. Here in Chamonix, we have always received travelling circus companies such as the Rome Circus, which has come to town again now […] Read more
Aloha Tuesday – Rando Yoga A great way to start the day, every Tuesday, throughout the month of August, combine hiking and yoga. Each week, a local mountain guide will take you to a different location in the Mont Blanc Massif or the Aiguilles Rouges and then end the day with relaxing yoga practice with […] Read more
Our brave Overland students are through a very wet and stormy weekend here in Chamonix and are still smiling! Luckily, Saturday and Sunday were very sunny and warm in the daytime so the hikes to the Argentiere Glacier and the Tete du Grand Chantet were glorious. Clement and Karine have been busy helping the students […] Read more