Magical Morning to Montenvers, Chamonix

Having spent a spectacular morning yesterday 3,000 metres dizzily high in the mountains at Aguille Du Midi, and not to mention my mildly embarrassing fainting episode from altitude sickness that has been the centre of all jokes, today was a slow and relaxed kind of day. Every day I spend in Chamonix begins with the thought of how charming this little alpine town is, and even though it's February, it still feels ...

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Photo Diary: French Alps in Chamonix

The French Alps were magical and terrifying at the same time. Fortunate for us, we were whisked up to the tops of the mountains via modern and safe cable cars/ gondolas. This post is a couple of photos I snapped in France accompanied by some mountain and climbing quotes. Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery - John Ruskin You will climb only as high as your mind ...

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Chateau de Versailles, France

Before our big trip to Europe I had read online mostly from fellow bloggers that if there is one palace to see in France, it is the Chateau de Versailles a UNESCO world heritage site previously the epicentre of the political system as well as residence to three great reigning kings.   A work of art the 17th century palace is steeped in history. It is also recognised as the place where ...

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Aiguille du Midi + Mont Blanc, Chamonix

Two young men, Michel-Gabriel Paccard & Jaques Balmat were the first to successfully reach the summit of Mont Blanc in 1786 and ever since mountaineers strive to transcend the mountain 4,810 metres above sea level in an environment where extreme climate conditions prevail. This morning we were taking two cable cars from the French town of Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi, a nearby summit with a great vantage point to the ...

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Baguettes and cheap red wine in Paris

Our trip to Paris was hectic and in hindsight should have been longer then 5 nights. There is a magnitude of history sights to explore and food cuisine to enjoy, I could have easily spent 5 days in the Lourve alone! A brief reflection on our time in the romantic city of Paris; A city with a treasure trove of history to explore and an intense cafe atmosphere to match. We explored Paris on ...

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La Tour Eiffel

Our experience of La Tour Eiffel was not exactly what I was expecting. We visited it twice during our stay in Paris. The first was during the day where we were followed by hagglers trying to sell us china knock offs and scammers in the form of so called 'deaf girls'. Oh and the French army personal walking around with big guns was definitely not a romantic experience. We returned at ...

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Our first Airbnb Experience!

Having returned from two airbnb.com stays in Europe (Paris & Berlin) I am delighted to say I will be booking my next holiday through the airbnb website again. The concept of airbnb is brilliant and I believe it did shape our holiday experience. We booked and paid the funds 6 months before our departure on their easy to navigate website. The reviews, pictures and Google maps definitely helped us in making the final ...

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Europe on a budget

Europe on a budget is very possible and If you are like me and love the idea of travelling frequently for the rest of your life, travelling on a budget is a must! Having spent a month in Europe I can say that with the right attitude it is possible and not too difficult. I had a great time in Europe and returned to Australia with some money in the bank, ...

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Staying in Chamonix, 6 steps away from a Patisserie

We were holidaying in the French Alp town of Chamonix and our apartment was located on the main strip of Rue Du Docteur Paccard above retail store, it was the perfect spot as across from us was a little patisserie called Richard. I could count 6 steps from our apartment to the shopfront window, I do not think I have ever lived so close to a patisserie before. I wanted to ...

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Bye Bye Chamonix, Paris Bound

Leaving Chamonix and heading to Paris was an adventure in itself and despite a delayed train the journey seemed to work out to our favour. I pre-booked the first train from St Gervais to Paris through the French website of SNCF . On the rather useful The Man in Seat 61 website I learnt that tickets are substantially cheaper if booked on the French SNCF website than that of the English website, ...

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