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Aug 24, 2007 - Champex, Switzerland

-We depart La Peule and my hay bed bright and early and head towards Val Ferret and La Fouly. -The Swiss part of trail is so beautiful that I don't think I have words to describe it...but just think of "The Sound of Music"...yes it takes place in Austria but it was filmed here in Switzerland... -We pass through open pastures with awesome view of the mountains around us...pass many streams where the water from the glacier runs through. -This is the funniest part of the day...we were passing through an area called Prayon. One part of the...

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Aug 23, 2007 - Courmayeur to Switzerland!

We depart La Saxe at 8am and took a short bus ride to the TMB trail.... -We were told today will be a much shorter day. We should reach our Refuge for the night at around 2pm. I was excited because today we will be crossing over to Switzerland! -The hike was much easier today...no rain but overcast - so perfect hiking conditions. We took a rest at Refuge Elena at about 10 am, after this will be a tougher hike uphill towards the pass. -Once again, we hiked in single file due to the narrow trail... -At about noon, we reached to border of...

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Aug 22, 2007 - La Saxe - Courmayeur (REST DAY)

Finally....a rest day after 3 days of tough hike! Have no idea how relieved I was to have a nice hot shower and comfy bed to sleep in! La Saxe Courmayeur is a nice little ski resort town, main town square has long narrow streets lined up with shops. The view is amazing all around. Since we all had sore muscles, we had decided to visit the famous Thermal Hot Springs (Terme di Pre-Saint-Didier) about 15 minutes away by bus. We arrived at the spa around 11 o'clock. Robes, lotions & flip flops are provided (which is included in the entrance fee...

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Aug 21, 2007 - Col de la Seigne (2516m) to Courmayeur

-No one knew today would be the most unforgettable day of our whole trip..perhaps in our life time.... -We depart Refuge des Mottets and head up-up-up towards the pass from France into Italy. -We begin our day with RAIN...again single file hiking up the narrow trail. Half way up the trail, rain became flurries..wind starting to pick up....and then we realize we are trekking through a blizzard.... -There were no words to explain what my body was enduring...thoughts of "not making it" went through my head. My steps became slower and...

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Aug 20, 2007 - Col du Bonhomme (2329m)

-We start off our second day with RAIN......... -We head up the valley Col du Bonhomme. It was a tough hike....temperature dropping and rain doesn't help either. We hike up the mountain in snake form due to the narrow trails. -Rain started to come down harder so we decided to take a detour and head to Refuge du Col de la Croix du Bonhomme. -After lunch we head up to Tetes Nord des Fours (2756m), then the trail takes us downward to our Refuge for the night - Refuge des Mottets. (I also felt a little light headed and hungry.....) Temperature...

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Aug 19, 2007 - Les Contamines

-After a short but wonderful bus ride (small price to pay-best 1.2euro I've ever spent!) to get us to Les Contamines. -This is the starting point of a brutal 2-hour? 3-hour? hike up a steep hill which will take us to our refuge for the night - Chalet de la Balme. -After wonderful hot shower, we all gather in the dinning area where we had an awesome vegetable soup/chicken w Rice/bread/cheese/wine........what a wonderful meal to end a long hard day. -After dinner, the group chit-chat for a bit...temperature is dropping fast when we are so...

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Aug 19, 2007 - Les Houches

-There was a slight alteration to our itineary due to the broken cable car we were suppose to take at Bellevue. -Short bus ride to Les Houches and jumped on the Le Prarion Cable car....took us to top of Le Prarion - what a view! and what a way to start our 10 day trekking journey! -We began our hike with beautiful scenery and easy trails....then....steep descent will lead us to brutal pounding on our knees - for about 2 hours straight!!!!! - Finally stop for lunch and our wonderful group leader-Bertrand had decided that to save time we will...

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Aug 18, 2007 - Arrive Chamonix

- Arriving in Geneva Airport (7:45am), heading to Village of Chamonix. -Arrive late in Geneva...picked up by a private shuttle and arrived in Chamonix in about an hour. Truly amazing scenery.the mountains surrounds the whole highway. Arrived in Chamonix hotel and checked in...met my roomate and explored the awesome town.

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Aug 15, 2007 - Chamonix

This morning I said goodbye to the tour members and hopped a train for Chamonix. I should rephrase that, I hopped several trains. In fact, several more than I had expected. The trip was supposed to take 6 hours and involve 2 train changes. The longest part of the trip was on the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Bellgarde. Then I was supposed to catch a train to St. Gervais and from there, another to Chamonix. When I got to Bellgarde, which is a pretty small station, things were a bit confusing. They are doing construction at the station...

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Mar 22, 2007 - Heading towards the Alps

Deb: This was always going to be a crappy day - travelling by train and bus from Como via Milan to Courmayeur via Aosta. We did have a good find for the day - the manager at Hotel Frienze recommended the Como market on Thursday morning. It has been funny seeing so many of Melbourne's influences here in Italy, when I first went to Victoria Market in Melbourne it seemed so different to every other market I had seen. It was almost identical to the Como market - Italian influence mmmmm. The trip via train along the Aosta valley was wonderful...

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Aug 18, 2006 - Mont Blanc and Alps

Hello, from St. Moritz, SE Switzerland. A rainy, restful day in a peaceful ,kind home. Our story has been jumbled lately so I will hop you through the highlights and impressions. After "over doing it a little" in the Pyreneese we "over did it a little" in the Spanish Mediterranean town of Cadaques, famous for its Dali painting scenes and lively atmosphere. Ellian flew to Britain, Andre and I hopped across France by train. However, late in the hop the trains stopped, the station closed and sleeping outside in the park we were rudely...

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May 30, 2006 - Aosta, Italy

We awoke, well rested in Chamonix, France. We decided we would go figure out how to get to Aosta, Italy. As we stepped out of our hotel, we suddenly realized that it was snowing!!! There was no snow on the ground, but it was snowing indeed. We walked up the street and realized that the fog was too thick, and the snow too heavy to ride the cable car over, so we decided to bus it. Fortunately, God smiled on us again and we had 15mintues to get our things, check out of our hotel and then get back to the bus. Thankfully we made it. When our...

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