Montagnettes, Le Chalet Du Vallon
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After leaving the Piedmont region of Italy, and before heading back to Geneva for the airport, we made a quick two-day stop in the beautiful French alpine town of Chamonix. Arriving here on Thursday in the driving rain, we kept hoping for a break in the weather so that we could see the fabulous alps, including the Mt. Blanc, the highest peak in Europe.
Sure enough, patience paid off, and Friday afternoon the ...
... views that stretched to Switzerland and Italy, we also got a our first full glimpse Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe (4,810m). We headed back down and spent another hour or so thawing out at the first station plan de l'Aiguille which is in the middle level. With no snow about it meant we were able to walk around and explore. It was such a great week and we were so happy to have them over and show them ...
... but nowhere as dramatic or as satisfying as most I did
My hotel is
right in the centre of Megeve right on the motor vehicle free pedestrian walkway.
After a good soak in a hot bath I had a couple of beers sitting out the front
of the hotel right beside the walkway. Helen and John had warned me that you
almost had to wear a fur coat to promenade in winter in this village, ...
My word things have been happening. So many things.
I'll begin with the last day in Bruges as it is brief - I climbed a five hundred year old bell tower whilst hungover after drinking multiple 12% beers. Got some choice photos of it though so worth it for sure.
My next move was to Noordwijk via Leiden by train. My dutch friend Rene and his partner Sharon welcomed me into their home (which has just been built & was flash as!) for ...
John, my brother in law and I had a magnificent day up at L'Aguille de Midi (3,841m) high above Chamonix followed by a three hour hike from the cable car's mid station to a glacier where we caught a little mountain cog railway back down to Chamonix.
We were very lucky; the weather was perfect, full sunshine and beautifully clear air. Great for photos. I'll enter more details once I have a little more time. I just wanted to get these photos up on the ...