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chamonix - a wonderland

A November 2002 trip to Chamonix by rhiannon1968

Montenvers et Mer de Glace Photo, Chamonix, France More Photos
Quote: November in Chamonix? Too late for hiking, too early for skiing... Well, I decided to go anyway, and check it out... Would it be worth it?

chamonix - a wonderland

Overview

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Yes, it was worth it, even in mid-season. Chamonix is the Queen of the haute Savioe... and its crown are the stunning mountains that surround it! Incredibly beautiful and only reasonably crowded - after all Chamonix is never "sleepy" - accommodation was easy to find...the weather...oh it was glorious! I wished I had planned on staying longer.

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Lovely, in a pink building right in the centre of Chamonix - by the river - and off the main square. Right in the heart of everything...

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2002

Vallée Blanche
36 Rue de Lyret
Chamonix, France
4 5053-0450

La Savoyarde

Restaurant

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It's a typical restaurant in haute savioe style...with a lovely wooden interior...dark...and with plenty of local specialities...which I would not call healthy. Then again, it was the traditional food of mountain farmers...whose work was really hard...and who needed a diet full of calories.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2002

La Savoyarde
28 Route des Moussoux
Chamonix, France
(45) 053-0077

Montenvers et Mer de Glace Photo, Chamonix, France
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It's a great idea for a day out... Behind the train station of Chamonix there's another little station - it's where the Montenvers mountain railway leaves from. It leads you up to the altitude of about 2000m a/s/l to a magical spot where you can see La Mer de glace, a 7 mk long and 1,2 km wide. You can walk down to it by following easy trails, visit the ice-cave (tacky) or the several small museums, or simply admire the panorama - right in front of you there's the Aiguille Verte (4 121m) and the Drus (3 754 m). A breathtaking sight!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2002

Montenvers et Mer de Glace
Chamonix Mont Blanc
Chamonix, France

O'Byrnes Pub

Attraction

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It's an Irish pub - for all those who need their daily fix of Guinness - and it's a really cosy and friendly place too. Rumours have it that the English-speaking community/travelers often gather here - so it's a good place to meet up with other ex-pats or travelers when you are tired of drinking wine and speaking French.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2002

O'Byrnes Pub
36 Rue du Lyret
Chamonix, France

from the train Photo, Chamonix, France
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Oh, there are so many ways to get to Chamonix... but my very favourite one is by train from Switzerland - and more specifically from the station of Martigny - which is only about 40 minutes away from Geneva's international airport. It's not the fastest way to get there - the whole trip Martigny-Chamonix takes about 2 hours... but it's breathtaking. The train is a narrow-gauge train and travels very slowly, climbing up steeply, and giving u plenty of time to admire both the landscape and the rural architecture... it's called the "train du Mont Blanc" and it crosses nearly the entire mont blanc range. So yes, the real adventure starts even before you get there.