The original objective for this travel adventure was to hike in the French Alps - we checked that off the bucket list today!
We hiked from Chamonix to a little "cafe" located in the forest on the hillside overlooking the valley. The hike was a continuous, but never too steep, climb of about 1000ft over 2.5 miles. Going up got our attention but arriving at "la Floria" was the reward. One should note that the only way to get to this cafe is to take a 5 mi, up-hill hike - a rather interesting business model, but one that apparently works - must have something to do with the view.
We had crepes and coffee overlooking the valley in the truly remarkable setting. This one we'll never forget.
After lunch we took the valley train to the next village - les Prez de Chamonix - to see a church that apparently people travel to from all over France to have wedding pictures taken at/in ! It is a quaint little church in a beautiful setting - but we couldn't quite see the attraction.
But what we did see, way up on the hillside above les Prez, was
On our way to the trail
Leaving Chamonix we passed a number of traditional mountain cabins - this one was built in 1806
the cafe we visited in the morning - and that impressed us even more than the church!
The mountain rains arrived in the afternoon but if it clears tonight as forecast we might have some special pictures in tomorrow's installment.
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