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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 8th 2019

A beautiful last day in Chamonix and we were lucky in that our last day here was the opening day for the Brevent lift system summer season. It is a two-stage system that on a clear day provides great views of the whole region and of Mont Blanc - and today was a crystal clear day. Saw lots of hang gliders and watched them taking off. Got some video action that we can share if anyone is interested (the blog doesn't support video). This adventure is just about wrapped up. Take a bus to Geneva tomorrow morning. Our first time, albeit brief, in Switzerland and then fly to Amsterdam in the afternoon. Monday morning head back to SFO. Take off at noon and land at 2:00 pm - only a 2 hr flight if you forget ... read more
Heading up mountain on the first lift
Steep climb
Le Brevent from below

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 7th 2019

Got the "money shots" today with pictures. Will let the pictures do most if the talking. We did: - Train ride to Montenvers and Mer de Glace (which at one time was the largest glacier in Europe) - Telepherique ride to du Plan de l'Aiguille - that is only mid-point to what should have been our final destination but 60 mph winds would not all us to go to the top - maybe tomorrow. ... read more
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Mer de Glace
Mer de Glace

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 6th 2019

Mother nature took over today and the mountains were hidden in the clouds. There was more mist than rain but it highlighted a different kind of mountain beauty. It also changed some of the outdoor plans. Took a train ride to a town at the Swiss boarder. Didn't go into Switzerland for a number of reasons - but it was a delightful journey that included seeing lots of meat villages, homes, and a mile-long tunnel! In the afternoon took a relatively short hike out of Chamonix to a waterfall nestled in the mist - but left the camera in the flat - sorry! ... read more
Views from our flat - compare with the cloudless pictures

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 5th 2019

Blog took a day off yesterday and so did we. Decided to just rest a bit - and just enjoy the views. The blogs will also be shorter as the internet speed reminds one of a dial-up modem. The pictures will need to be worth "1000" words. Today' hike was upstream along the Arve river that flow down this valley. Once you leave Chamonix you pass through a couple of small towns but most of the time you're in the forest, listening to the river, with beautiful views on both sides. It reminds one of Yosemite - but the mountains are much closer and bigger! OK at this point it took 30 min to upload one photo at low resolution. May try again later if not we'll share Chamomix pics when we get home next week☹️ ... read more
A view
Another view
The Mont Blanc Express

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 3rd 2019

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 ... read more
On our way to the trail
On the trail
Looking down on Chamonix

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 2nd 2019

Another traveling day - and finally we are in the French Alps. Comfortable, quiet bus trip took about 1 1/2 hrs with great views the entire way. Only one stop in a small town. Lush green countryside - very neat and clean with very modern roadways and a number of tolls. The mountains began to surround us as we left Annecy and continued to grow on each side of the valley. Shortly before we reached Chamonix we passed the entrance to the Mont Blanc tunnel (it is about 7 miles long) that takes you under the mountain into Italy! If we continue up the valley passed Chamonix we'd be in Switzerland! We're on the very edge of France. Chamonix looks like it will be a very nice place to spend the week. On first glance you ... read more
On the road to Chamonix
On the road to Chamonix
On the road to Chamonix

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix September 3rd 2013

Summer in Chamonix I have been to Chamonix a few times before but only in winter for skiing trips, so when the idea of a lads weekend mountain biking was floated Chamonix seemed the perfect destination. If anything Chamonix is even more beautiful in the summer than the winter!! As it was the first time a few of our group had been to the alps we decided that on the first day we should get the cable car upto the Aiguille du Midi viewing platform which is at an impressive3,842 m and offers an amazing view of the Chamonix Valley and overlooks the towering Mt Blanc. You get a great view of the climbers trying to summit Mt Blanc from the viewing platform and the cable car still hold the record for the most vertical lift ... read more
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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix June 10th 2013

June 10 I have visited Chamonix in February, and surely decided to return there in summer. I told Luda, we have to choose between Chamonix and Nice, which one do you prefer? She answered, let’s go to Chamonix. I replied, you’ll love the place. She did. It turned out that during our stay only two of the lifts would be working – Montenvers train and Aiguille du Midi lift. Others would start working from June 15, just after our leave. An unpleasant occurrence, but there were fewer people. Arrived in Genève, we wasted two whole hours in having a coffee and trying to find the baggage storage. The baggage storage within the station was out of service, and we asked an official for help. ‘It is between tracks number 4 and 5’. We were stupid enough ... read more
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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix February 8th 2013

8 February In the train, I almost fell asleep because did not sleep during the night. A certain distance away from Lyon, patches of snow started appearing and at last there was snow everywhere, but I saw no mountains yet because it was dark – but I felt them and was very anxious about how my skiing would go. The previous “mountain” skiing in Sigulda was a perfect exercise, of course, but it was just a low swell of the ground. Now, I am more than certain that I’d be a failure in Chamonix had I not skied previously in Sigulda. The accommodation (hostel, or sort of guest house) Chamoniard Volant is a bit off the centre but very close to the bus stop. On pure economic grounds, I booked the cheapest bed in 17-person room ... read more
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Gare Chamonix

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Chamonix May 25th 2011

Bonjour mon amis, comment ca va? Thanks for being so patient for my next travel blog. Saturday May 21st - Last weekend myself and some friends went to Austria to visit a family. We traveled along the German Auto bond Highway east across Germany to Austria. I was surprised in a few ways traveling along the Auto bond. First, I was shocked to see that this highway stretch we traveled along only had 2 lanes going in each direction. I must have “hyped up” the lore of the Auto bond that I’m sure most Americans have. Another observation is how strictly the travelers follow the rules of passing on the left lane and once done passing moving your vehicle to the right lane on the Auto bond. It was refreshing to see this especially because I’ve ... read more
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