Chamonix- Mont Blanc

by Shirley@Køkken on July 28, 2012 · 13 comments

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For the benefit of those whose familarity with Mont Blanc resides only with the German luxury writing tools brand, Mont Blanc is the highest peak among the Alps in Western Europe. Lying in the range of Graian Alps between the Aosta Valley of Italy and Haute Savoy,France the mountain is 4810m high and wears a perennial snow cap at its summit. The best towns to see the Mont Blanc without trekking through the mountains are Chamonix, France and Courmayeur, Italy – both countries share the summit of the White Mountain.

Flanked by the massive peaks of Aiguilles Rouge, Chamonix is a small town that bustles with activities. With enough restaurants and shops to woo holiday makers, Chamonix town was a perfect place to begin and end our hike. The biggest draw for most visitors to Chamonix has to be the Aiguille du Midi Cable car ride. Touted as the highest cable car ride in Europe, a 20 mins ride takes one to the high Alps of 3800m – You board the car in the sunny valleys of Chamonix and emerge in the Snowy peaks of the Aiguilles du Midi with a view of Mont Blanc. Unfortunately, the 2 days I was in Chamonix, the weather conditions were too windy and the cable car service was closed.

There are plenty of great restaurants, gelato joints and pastry shops to reward those who has slogged their way up and down the Alps.

There is also a wide range of accommodation in Chamonix to suit different budgets, ranging from backpack joints to luxurious hotels. We were placed in Chalet Pele, a delightful budget bed and breakfast accommodation converted from a renovated old farmhouse. Situated 5 minutes away from central chamonix and 2 mins away from the cable car station, the chalet has 5 bedrooms with attached bathroom and toilet. As we are a relatively big group of 11, we had the whole cottage to ourselves – complete with TV chill out room, dining room, kitchen and sauna. For about 60 euro per day, I would gladly stay there again!

my room…

more rooms….

If you do plan to be in Chamonix, visit this website and plan your trip around the many activities that take place there. I only wish that the Cosmo Jazz festival would be 2 weeks earlier. It would have been amazing to watch a world class jazz concert against a backdrop of the Alpine landscape!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 mindy July 29, 2012

Thanks for posting this. I lived there many years ago when I was in my twenties and worked as an au-pair. I look forward to all your blog posts on the French Alps. It’s beautiful there.


2 Shirley@Køkken July 29, 2012

Mindy – thanks for dropping by. It amazes me how blog contents can connect in unexpected ways.


3 Viveka July 29, 2012

Wonderful post – the alps in the summer … did that many years ago myself. Must be 33 years ago – loved it … stunning beautiful. Fantastic photos. We where outside Grenoble.


4 Shirley@Køkken July 29, 2012

Hi Viveka, Grenoble sounds like a great place too – believe that it is at a lower altitude than Chamonix?


5 July 30, 2012

oh so nice! I will love to check this space out too!


6 Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar July 31, 2012

What a wonderful place! I will put it on my list of places to visit :)


7 Mich - Piece of Cake August 8, 2012

Stunning place… would love to visit someday.


8 daphne August 8, 2012

thats wonderful! It’s so gorgeous that I can’t help but just slowly scroll through the photos and take in the view. And the food! hope u r having a great time!


9 Shirley@Køkken August 11, 2012

Hi Daphne- it was a great experience and memorable trip. I am getting quite comfortable moving around Europe by now… will be back again very soon….:)


10 Alan (travellingfoodies) August 10, 2012

wow! what lovely mountane backdrop against the blue skies! It’s a pity you didnt get to do the cablecar ride!

The pastries all seemed decently priced. Did you try any? :)


11 Shirley@Køkken August 11, 2012

Hi Alan – yes, indeed -was quite awesome to be surrounded by mountains and clear blue skies. Thanks to the strong Singapore dollar, things are now suprisingly affordable in Europe. I tried some macarons but was not quite in the mood for the other entremets. Had lots of gelato though… :)


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