Sunday February 26th
- aaaaah, there was already our first waking up under the Alps.
We got up at about 8 a.m. ... yes, we deserved such a long sleeping
after such yesterday's long and exhausting day. We did our
morning things and then
undrew curtains of windows ... It was so great !
So wonderful ! We could see high,
steep mountains that peaks
were like a gold
and silver of the morning
sun ... Farytaile views.
Magnificent views. On the south side we could admire
high needle of Aiguille du Midi (the one spike of the Mont
Blanc massif) and on the north side a big guy called Brevent.
It was really splendid getting up ...
And then good breakfast followed ... and coffee ... and : "Let's
go !" we went downtown.
Well. Something about Chamonix and the Chamonix valley.
of Chamonix Mont Blanc is 1035m
(3,396 ft) above sea level
at the foot of the Mont Blanc, the
highest peak in Western Europe at 4810 m (15,770 ft). Chamonix
is at the heart of Western
Europe in the
French Alps, very
close to Mont Dolent where the
French, Swiss and Italian
The resident population of the
valley is about 10,000. The seasonal workers and tourists can
add another 100,000 on any
given day in winter high season
week and 130,000 in summer.
capital for outdoor activites:, hiking, climbing, biking, paragliding, plus all the
The valley and neighbouring mountains are a wonderful natural
it is very interesting place to visit indeed ...
So ...we decided to spend our first day to familiarize
ourselves with Chamonix and the valley. We went through a
historical center and visited an information center where we
brochures contained maps and plans of surroundings, pistes. We
learnt other important things like information about ski
passes, cableways and of course what to do and where to go to
spend our holiday the best way ...
Then we climbed up to see a cableway station at the bottom of
Brevent. There were so many skiers waiting for a lift up to
Plantraz pistes. No, no. Nothing for us ! We just had a nice
views from that place down to the town and valley and went
down to looked around for restaurants and viewed a lower
station of a cableway to a Brevent opposite guy, to
Aiguille du Midi. Then we returned to our " holiday base", had
something small to eat and our loved afternoon coffee and set out by
Subaru to the Le Houches village (about 15 km = 9 miles) where
we wanted to look round for our down-hill skiing area. We had a
look at village, cableway and we bought badge ski passes
for two next days. There is an important thing to say that everywhere
we came and needed to speak, we took advantage of our English
because we could understand nothing in French and everybody in
information centers, ticket offices even restaurants and shops
could speak in English. Just information.
Well. After doing that we slowly went by the japanese blue
horse up the valley, were
sightseeing high mountains that were suffusing with the afternoon
sun, ... ice fields,
We parked the car in a garage and we headed for our first
advanture. Yes, for the
the Sunday afternoon we decided to go by the suspension cableway up
to the top
of Aiguille du
Midi, to the needle that peak is at the height of 3842 m
(12,596 ft) above sea level. It
is one of the other tops of the
Mont Blanc massif. Wow! It
was the ride ! It was like
on a plane !
So high ! So
dangerous ! So wonderful ... We could
see the entire valley
with the town
that laid below
us. That cableway is said the best in the world, the
from 1035 m to 3842 m above sea level.
we believed it. And on the top ? It's hardly to say ... Beauty,
words were close to it what we felt when we
the cableway and climbed
up to the
view point. There were
unbelievable views and
skylines ! We could see the Chamonix valley deep bellow us,
light white clouds and many, many mountaintops of the Alps with a
snow cover that rose up
through those clouds.
And the main peak , the guy
Mont Blanc looked down at us ... and icefields and icefalls ... We
stood silently under deep
sky and golden sun. The splendid
experience of a lifetime ... We had never been in a such
It was so great ! And
of course, we were taking pictures and pictures and pictures. For memory. And
then back down. Our returned ride was also nice
and exciting. Such a height ! Wow !
Well. When we got down we went back "home", had a rest and a
bit of Pilsner Urquell
(that we took in cans with us from home) and about 5 p.m. we left our apartment for
night sightseeing and for
dinner. There were many small, cozy restaurants, so we chose one of them, entered
and sat down. It was really very nice place to eat and drink.
? Dinner of
course ! We tried local pizzas, fondue, salads and spent one
pleasant hour to
Chardonnay wine, talking and planning next days. It was nice
evening, nice back walking down the spotlit streets. We went
to bed at about 10 p.m..
There was our first skiing day before us.