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Nov 28, 2011 - Today we head to Turin

Just returned from breakfast here in the hotel. Have i mentioned it is COLD? Well, it's COLD!!! Breakfast was wonderful, and we just happened to get the chattiest waiter in France. Spent the entire time swapping details of each others' holidays (he had recently returned from Australia). He didn't quite understand why we were holidaying in the cold. We explained that coming from Nth Qld you get sick of the heat and just want a change of climate. It also means you don't have to contend with the tourist hordes during the warmer months. An...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Chamonix, winter playground of France

Key words for today are COLD, MOUNTAINS, SNOW, COLD, ALPINE, COLD. Did I mention it is COLD? Woke up this morning and the lake is shrouded in mist and fog. The temp is down around -2C. Doesn't look too promising for the drive to Chamonix (http://www.chamonix.com/welcome,0,en.html). After a quick breakfast we say goodbye to Hotel Beau Site and Lake Annecy to head off up to Chamonix. Before long the fog has disappeared to be replaced by clear blue skies and sunshine (temp is still cold - about 2C). Its not long before we catch our first...

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Sep 27, 2011 - Greetings from the French Alps

Chamonix.  Magnifique! We have entered the French Alps and they are spectacular!  Tucked into a small valley in eastern France, just near where Italy, Switzerland, and France converge, Chamonix is a beautiful town dedicated to skiing, mountain climbing, and extreme sports.  Walking through the town, you realize this must have been the inspiration for Whistler or Aspen.   The jagged peaks rise straight up on both sides of the glacially-carved valley, with the L'Arve River running through the middle of town.  The...

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Sep 13, 2011 - On to Italy

Still having frustrations with pictures especially since we have some amazing pictures to share, especially after yesterday. I apologize for no blog yesterday, but we were absolutely hammered after our day. We started our day on Monday after a night of thunder, lightning and lots of rain. We were glad that it chose to precipitate at night and not intrude on our day! We awoke to sun shining on Mont Blanc, but low hanging clouds on both sides of the valley. It made for a slow, but productive start. Our hiking plan was to take the Le Flegere...

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Sep 11, 2011 - A Glorious Day

Our day started pretty early for a couple of 50-something, sleep-deprived people. But we awoke to the sun just beginning to shine on Mont Blanc out our bedroom window. With the promise of some good weather, we got ready and headed for the tram. I guess a lot of people had the same idea, because we were amazed at the number of people in line. Many were in full gear for rock and ice climbing. We made it on the third tram of the day and were at the top of in no time. The weather was perfect - no wind, clouds only in the distance. After a...

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Sep 10, 2011 - We're here!

We arrived safely in Chamonix-Mont Blanc after an uneventful journey from SLC to Paris to Geneva and finally to Chamonix. We ended up flying from Paris to Geneva after researching the train and discovering that it would take 8 hours with 6 train changes. We didn't think that would be a wise thing to do while sleep deprived. So instead it took an hour and ten minute flight, plus a 90 minute bus ride. The only hiccup in the whole trip was that Chuck's bag did not arrive with us in Geneva. We received a phone call just moments ago informing us...

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Sep 28, 2010 - The Hike: Day 1 - Chamonix Rail Station - Argentiere

It was like picking up a 200 pound dead guy with straps. That’s the best way to describe the feeling of sitting on the curb at the railway station and leaning forward to stand as the thick padded waist and shoulder straps of my Osprey 85 backpack dug into my body and threatened not to release no matter how hard I pulled. Inside my bag was actually just a shade under 100 pounds consisting of rain gear, snow gear, warm weather hiking gear, water bottles, food food and more food. When I say food 3 times I refer to the fact that Adam and I were...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Wondering Chamonix

I was actually staying in argentiere and not chamonix so I had not been to chamonix. I decided to spend my day there today. It is a cute little town with beautiful views on all sides of it. I got my first French macroon today and I am addicted! They are so delicious! I went to a park and read and took a nap then headed back to the chalet for dinner and sleep. When I got bak to the chalet, I realized that I lost my journal! I think I left it on the overnight train to chambery. I am so disappointed with myself for losing it, but there is...

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Jul 16, 2010 - A hike to The White Lake

Today, I hiked up to the white lake. It was a beautiful hike and not quite as tough as the hike yeasterday. The only downside was that there were a lot of people at the lake. So I ate my lunch then hiked up a snowy ridge to where I could look over the valleys and mountains with no people around. It was very peaceful. I sat there for about an hour until it got too cold.

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Jul 15, 2010 - The Glacier!

I decided this morning to hike up to the nearest glacier. The guy at the chalet I was staying told me it was tough and boy wa he right. The first two and a half hours were straight up the mountain. No switchbacks or anything. Just straight up. My thighs were burning and ibhad to give myself small goals just to keep going. I finally made it to the glacier and it was all worth it! It was huge and beautiful. I could have sat up there all day and night if I had the option. The views from where I was were stunning. I could see mountains all...

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Jun 30, 2010 - drive to Chamonix and next day

We left Provence after our breakfast of breads and pastries, juice and hot chocolate. The ladies came and gave us a great French send off. I decided to head back up to the wine area to Vaison du la Romaine. TomTom is a pain in the butt as all GPS’s .are . She sends us through back alleys, rugged unpaved ruts and out of the way places. It can be fun if you have nothing to do and plenty of time. The worst part is when she is just wrong and wastes our valuable time. And of course we made mistakes too. But if you go with the flow you will be...

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Aug 19, 2009 - Chamonix-Mont Blanc

We took another little side trip for 2 nights to Chamonix, France. I had skied near there many years ago, and wanted to drive the pass from Switzerland. It was really a fun trip. We left early in the morning, trying to escape the heat. We drove south for about an hour, to a place called Kandersteg; then put the bike on a train to go through the tunnel to Goppenstein. That was a little nerve racking. I had no idea how to tie the bike down. I have tied bikes on boats before, but the system was completely different. I managed to get a half...

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