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Mar 17, 2019 - Chamonix Snowboarding!

The next morning Karin and I went to the train station and I was off to France! I was traveling solo to Chamoix France to snowboard. I have finally gotten the hang of carrying my giant snowboard back and figuring out what trains to take. I’m pretty proud of myself. Going into France was crazy. I only had a few minutes to make a connection and I wasn’t really sure what I was doing but I just got onto a super small train. EVERYONE on this train was an old German person that spoke no English. The train started and I was hoping that I was going...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Tramway du Mont Blanc

As well as seeing Mont Blanc from a distance there are a number of ways of experiencing the mountain range closer. Taking the cable car to L,Aiguille du Midi at 3,842m meant we would have to leave Daisy in the coach but it would have been a long day for her and it was too hot, even with the air con on. We decided instead to do the Tramway du Mont Blanc which meant Daisy could come with us. The tramway went from Le Fayet to Nid d’Aigle at 2,380m and up to the Bionnassay Glacier. We eventually found the station for the tramway as it was not...

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Jul 2, 2015 - Chamonix

Chamonix We caught the train from Lyon Part Dieu Station. It's a bamboozling place with a mesmerising array of alpha-numerical codes outlining not only which platform for our destination, but which part of the platform to stand on. Knowledge of process is assumed. It's difficult at times not being able to understand or speak the language - you miss out on a lot of essential information. Feeling like we had cracked the Da Vinci code, we got on the (right) train for the first in a series of three connections to Chamonix. The trains here are...

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Jan 3, 2013 - Time to leave Chamonix

So, it's been a few days since our last entry. New Year has come and gone. We've attempted to do the ski bit (my butt is still sore from a tumble). Taken a drive to other parts of the valley, and generally, just sat back and taken in the atmosphere of the place. We've had a wonderful time in Chamonix. It truly is a winter wonderland. Sadly, it's now time to move on. We leave today to head back to Paris. We intend to spend the night there, drop the kids off at Charles De Gaulle airport for their flights back home. Julie & I will be flying...

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Dec 29, 2012 - Chamonix, fun in the snow

Our first day in Chamonix was spent getting our bearings -where to eat, drink, shop, rent ski gear, etc etc. first order of business was to purchase some more suitable footwear to wear. The streets here are coated with ice, so our city shoes were slip slidin' all over the place. We found a really cheap place to buy footwear and ski jackets (well cheap by Chamonix's standards anyway). Wasn't long before we were negotiating the snow and ice as sure footed as mountain goats. Sam and Emily went off to investigate the ins and outs of ski...

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Dec 27, 2012 - Additional info Chamonix arrival

Additional info for our arrival in Chamonix. When we eventually found the apartment and found someplace to eat, we got around to unpacking some of our luggage. Remember when I mentioned previously there was more to follow concerning our luggage? Well, Emily unpacked her suitcase and found that someone had been into her bag and taken the Jimmy Choo perfume we had got her for Xmas. All that was left was the packaging torn open, but no perfume. Then julie unpacked one of our cases and found that someone had been into ours as well. Nothing had...

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Dec 27, 2012 - Chamonix and the Alps

And so on to Chamonix and Mont Blanc. Landed in Lyon ok. In fact we were 20 minutes early. Collected our luggage (more on luggage later), and found our way to the Hertz car rental office to pick up our car. They gave us a Peugeot 5008, the same one we had last year, so we were familiar with how it worked, especially the navigation system. By the time we got on the road, it was late afternoon and getting dark. Raining as well. Looked up BBC weather before we left Prague - it is supposed to be snowing in Chamonix tonight. Might make for...

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May 28, 2012 - French Alps

On Sunday, the blue skies had gone from Lyon as I set out for the mountains. Sunday morning traffic was nothing like Friday afternoon, and I sailed out of town toward Annecy where I parked and made my way down to the town by the lake. The weather was nice here, not as hot as yesterday. It was very festive, and I arrived in time to catch the end of the market. I got some sunglasses to replace the clip on ones that decided they wanted to stay in old Lyon yesterday. I didn’t think I’d need them today, but was pleasantly surprised. There was a...

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Jun 18, 2011 - Chamonix, France - Our Mountain Adventure

After our time along the Cote D'Azur, we headed inland and upward to the French Alps. Our destination: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France - a lovely town nestled in a valley amidst the mountains. It caters to sports enthusiasts and tourists who come to the mountains to ski, hike, rock climb and take the many lifts to mountain peaks for the fabulous views. The first celebration of the Winter Olympics was held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The skiing chase sequence in the James Bond film, The World is Not Enough, was shot on the slopes of...

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