Thursday, August 12, 2010

Chamonix, France

Luke was back from England late Saturday night and Sunday morning we headed out to France. It took approximately 2 hours to get to Chamonix from our house, and the drive was breathtaking. I had to close my eyes on some of the roads because I get nervous on winding mountain roads with steep drops (don't worry, Luke was driving). The city of Chamonix was absolutely amazing. The place was bustling with mountain bikers, mountain climbers, etc. I guess it shouldn't have surprised me since it sits right at the foot of Mont Blanc. We could easily spend a weekend here and not run out of things to do.

I took lots of pictures. Not all have captions, I just couldn't help taking pictures because it was so beautiful.

Here we are eating lunch with our friends Chitlesh and Mirjam

We debated taking the cable cars to the top of Mont Blanc or taking a train to the glacier. In the end, we went to the glacier because it was cheaper and faster. We were not disappointed, the glacier was amazing.
Here is a view of the glacier with tunnels carved out for the tourists.
A close-up of the tunnel
Inside the glacier

Back outside again
Now we have to walk all the way back up

An eerie sight. Looks like a portion of the steps collapsed. Luke pointed out one lone shoe (bottom right). After this, I got up the rest of the steps as fast as possible.
A view of the glacier as we were walking back up the steps
Jack decided he wanted to walk up the steps as well
A view of the cable cars that took us down to the glacier
Here is the glacier

Back down in Chamonix
A neat old church and graveyard
Jack enjoyed walking the stone path from the church to the main part of town.

We will be back! Only next time we will bring our bikes, backpacks and skis!

1 comment:

  1. Really beautiful. There are two or three great old travel posters of Chamonix. Those great illustrated ones from the 30s. One even has the 'funicular'.
    Looks like you are all having such a wonderful time. I'm so glad you are exploring so much, what a great experience. Keep the adventures coming!!