Europe

Chamonix

After leaving Switzerland and then Yvoire (see Geneva and Yvoire), we made our way to Chamonix, one of the most popular winter sports resort in France. Random fact: this is where the first Winter Sport Olympics was hosted in 1924. I can see why this would be the perfect place as this village is right beside Le Mont Blanc. It also has one of the highest cable cars in the world which goes all the way up l’Aiguille du Midi. This mountain goes up to more than 3000 meters high and has a viewing platform from which you can see Le Mont Blanc.

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The view is apparently breathtaking up there. Unfortunately, as you can see from my pictures, we couldn’t see much of anything. A big cloud of fog surrounded us blocking our view of the mountains completely. The city is still very pretty. Lots of wooden houses everywhere and mountains equipment stores as everyone here like to go hiking or skying in the mountains.

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Can you tell we are surrounded by mountains?

Funnily enough, I also found the water to be delicious there. Maybe it’s because it comes from the mountains, but I found it fresh and thirst-quenching. I will have to come back however as I am determined to see Le Mont Blanc and I barely got to see the bottom of it. Another thing I need to do is the “Step into the Void” at L’Aiguille du Midi. It’s a glass room at 1035 meters in the air that you can step into and see the void beneath your feet. For more information, see http://www.chamonix.net/english/news/skywalk-opens-december-2013. Definitely on my bucket list!

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