Hotel les Cretes Blanches
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Up early to head into Chamonix and catch the bus to Italy to visit Aosta.
The first part of the trip took us about 18 minutes to ride through the incedibly long tunnel under Mont Blanc, but when you come out the other side, you are in Italy. We changed buses in Courmayer, Italy (which we had hiked through a few days before) for a local bus to Aosta. Along the way, the bus stopped in ...
... station in France, we then headed to the Buffet Carriage to take in the views. They've got windows in the upper part of the carriage here, so you can get yourself a beverage and take in the scenery. It's still impressive but the only downside that the weather wasnt so great and so we didnt see it's full majesty as clouds were covering some of the largest mountains.
The last few hours were not the most ...
... of the entire trip.
Bonatti was one of the better refuges, and even though we slept in a dorm it was an enjoyable place to stay. The etiquette at the refuges is that you remove your hiking boots near the entry -- there's usually some kind of "mud room" or tiny place to store your boots in a cubbyhole. You walk around the place in sandals until it's time to leave.
Heading to the Italian town of Courmayer today, an 11 mile leg -- our longest of the trip.
Passed a reflecting pond and the view was beautiful in the morning light. Some stretches of the trail are really strenuous, but to our surprise we find we are getting stronger every day. We stop for lunch at an old abandoned farm home high on the hillside and sun oursleves on the roof. Barbara is just ...
... out some clothes and hung them out on a clothesline in a super windy spot overlooking a glacier.
Dinner was a terrific risotto dish and pork in a cream sauce. Finally no cheese (were not in France anymore!). We sat across from an older British woman who was walking the whole hike by herself!
We had private room for oursleves which was a treat and we slept like the dead.