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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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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Latin Quartier, Paris

After visiting the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral we crossed the river Seine (also known as the left bank) to the Latin Quartier, if you are arriving via the metro simply stop at the 'St Michel' stop. The two streets to explore in the former Bohemia area are Boulevard St. Germain and the Boulevard St. Michel. We found an array of restaurants in small alleyways and each restaurateur tried their very best ...

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An Australian in Chamonix – we arrive

'There can be no beautiful landscape without a horizon of mountains’ – Chateaubriand 1805 Chamonix is a mountainous valley town in the Haute-Savoie region of France and our destination for a ski holiday, also my very trip to the snow. Chamonix, rich in mountain history dating back to 1741 has 108 km’s of patrolled ski and snowboard trails and ski season is from mid December to May. Surrounded by some of ...

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