Aiguille du Midi, France

I came across these pictures from my first trip to Chamonix Mont-Blanc about a decade ago and thought I would share them with you.

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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 😉 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 ChĂ©serys, France

Leaving Lac Blanc, I began to hike down to the intersection of la FlégÚre 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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