Day trip to Annecy, France

From Chamonix, there are several ways to get back to Geneva. Of course the same transportation options apply as described in the How to get there section of my arrival blog. But if you have a day to spare and would like to pack more into your return journey, I recommend a day trip to Annecy – a picturesque lake town in the French Alps. Plus, the cost is almost the same as the non-stop option ūüėČ If you have the time, that is.

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Hiking: Grand Balcon Sud, France

Saturday was market day in Chamonix. The market opened from 7am to 1pm and was located near Place du Mont Blanc – where I happened to pass by on my way to the train station that morning, and caught a glimpse of the Climbing World Cup Lead qualifying round.

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Hiking: Lacs des Ch√©serys, France

Leaving Lac Blanc, I began to hike down to the intersection of la Flégère and Lacs desChéserys where most people descended to the former. I took the latter in an attempt to see the other three lakes.

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Gorges de la Diosaz, France

In the morning I had a late start. I went to Intersport, rented the trekking poles – so I don’t have to wait for the store to open next morning before heading to the trails – and dropped them off at the hotel. I won’t be needing them for this easy hike/walk.

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Summer in the French Alps

Last month I completed Portuguese language A2 level. To celebrate, I made a quick trip to the French Alps. This was my second time in Chamonix – Many years ago I trekked the Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) from France to Italy and Switzerland – it remains one of my favourite areas in the whole wide world.

The weather was perfect this time around, I did a lot of hiking with my favourite mountain in sight.

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London – St. James Park & Soho/Chinatown

Diana is my best friend from Dublin days. We kept each other company during the lockdown time when our movements were restricted to a bare mininum. Soon after I moved to Lisbon, she relocated to London. We vowed to meet again, and we did!

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Hallstatt, Austria

The whole time I was in Salzburg, the sky was overcast. It wasn’t until the day I was leaving the sun finally came out.

So, instead of heading straight back to Munich as I had originally planned, I stowed my luggage at the Salzburg train station and went on a day trip to the village of Hallstatt.

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