Hiking, Lac Blanc, and Cheese Fondue in Chamonix

Once again my blog has been put on hold. I have a bit of OCD and have been obsessed with putting everything here in order. Well my personal journal is still 3 and a half months behind and my phone broke.. so I am having trouble working out exactly what day I did what. But today I decided that all doesn’t matter and I’m going to share with you some of my favourite experiences from the past 3 months. Starting with one of the most beautiful places I have visited. The French Alps.

After meeting friends near Paris I had a couple of days to myself before meeting back up with my family in Tuscany. I had no idea where to go, but after a quick Google search of “beautiful places in southern France” I chose Chamonix.

As soon as I arrived, I was completely in awe. It was summer and the village was surrounded by snow capped mountains. I spent the first night there frantically researching the area and trying to find out what I should do and how I should go about doing it. The next morning I visited the tourist information centre and made a friend. THANK GOD. She was about as lost and enthusiastic as I was, so we set off to go hiking together. These first set of photos are from that first hiking trip. It was amazing but also extremely exhausting (I died many times and think it was actually my ghost that made it up the mountain and is now writing this blog). We saw Ibex, birds playing in the wind, wildflowers, and had an incredible view of the mountains across from us.

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After going up, up and up some more we finally made it to Lac Blanc. That was amazing. We got out our picnics and sat watching the reflections of the snow and mountains in the water, and how the water changed constantly from blue to green to blue as the sun came out. While we were up there another group of hikers came towards us. They asked us to mind their dog, so we did. We then watched in shock and amusement as they stripped down into their undies and jumped into the FREEZING cold water. They all screamed and most of them hopped out straight away, but of course the Australian swam to the rock in the middle of the lake and then back. He wouldn’t stop shaking for a LONG time after that.

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We continued up.. through the snow and rocks. We were having a fantastic time as the path leveled out. Then we realised we had 30 minutes until the last cable car to go down the mountain left… and we weren’t so sure walking down the mountain would be that enjoyable if the sun set. The closest cable car was the Index Cable Car further up the mountain…So we ran.

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I think I no longer have anything to worry about in life. Because that was SURELY the hardest thing I will ever have to do! Im happy to say we made it, even though I was so close to giving up. As you can see.. it was an amazing experience. Along the way Danielle and I made friends with a mother and daughter. After we’d returned to the main town, we had a rest before Leah and Terri took me out for dinner. Leah and I shared cheese fondue, which was one of the most evil yet delicious meals I have ever eaten. There was so much food. It was fantastic. Leah, Terri and Danielle were 3 friends I made on this day who helped make the experience so much more special. Thank you for your kindness and for being so damn awesome!

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  1. Pingback: Hiking in Chamonix: Lac Blanc Hangs | travelsofabrokegirl

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