Origin of the Goss-Hawks
High in the mountain of Haute-Savoie, the village of La Chapelle d'Abondance offers a warm welcome to all.
Located in Northern French Alps, but only 90 minutes from Geneva airport, the village lies at the heart of a traditional farming valley in Haute-Savoie. Nestling below the lofty peaks of the "Cornettes de Bise" and the "Mont de Grange" which rise to almost 8.000 feet, the Abondance Valley is a swathe of verdant mountain pasture amongst the Alpine Peaks of the Chablais Massif. The swift waters of the River Dranse run trough the valley, enriching the fertile pasture land before flowing out into Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) near Evian.
Winter and summer, the delights of the "Valley d'Abondance" will spoil all mountain lovers..
Winter, shrouds the mountains in snow, and La Chapelle becomes a gateway to the vast Portes du Soleil ski area with some 650 km of marked pistes, 35 km of cross-country ski trails and 85 kms of snowshoes trails. With many original dishes to savour, do make sure you try some of the fabulous savoyard specialities and cheese, which carry the distinct flavour of the local soil.
Perhaps the most important gift visitors can find in these ancient mountains is the opportunity to take a break, and unwind from the hectic pace of life - Try it !!!!
Originally carved by shepherds during the long winter evenings, goss hawks were a good luck charm to ward off the harshness of winter, and are still made to a design which has been traced to the far east. Two pieces of spruce are formed together, one making the head, body and tail with the second forming the wings.To this day Goss-Hawks continue to be made by hand in the valley. This graceful bird was also a guarantor of knowledge, and we invite you to let it be your guide and help provide understanding, peace and happiness.
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