Postcards From Chamonix: Winter 2014

train mer de glace

Merry (belated) Christmas! I hope you all had a lovely day and are enjoying the holiday season.

I spent Christmas with my family in Chamonix Mt Blanc in the French Alps and had a wonderful time eating cheese fondue, playing silly board games and playing tourist with my honey. It even snowed at the end of our stay so we got to play in the snow like little kids and build a teeny tiny snowman (although what he lacked in size he made up for in style). We’re now off to celebrate New Years in the south of France but before I go I wanted to share a few pics of Chamonix with you!

Bisous, bisous!


 

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Since the first week of our stay was marked by mild weather and sunny skies, Mark and I made the most of it by visiting the famous ‘Mer de glace’ (a glacier located on the northern slopes of the Mont Blanc) and its ice cave.

The train ride up the mountains was magical. We were lucky to snatch seats right at the front and as the train got higher up the views over the mountain-range became more and more breathtaking.

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Once we arrived at the ‘Mer de Glace’ station, we were greeted with even more gorgeous scenery. It wasn’t quite the end of the journey though – to access the ice cave we had to take small cable cars down the hill and then walk about 400 steps down. I got a bit puffed on the way back (and then saw little kids running up the stairs which made me feel very unfit (mental note- do more exercise in 2015)) but the ice cave was worth the effort.

mer de glace

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cable car mer de glace

mer de glace cable car

The inside was filled with various pieces of furniture made of ice and also included portraits tracing the history of the ‘Mer de Glace’. It was a small but really well thought out space. If you’re ever in the area I’d definitely recommend you check it out!

cave mer de glace

mer de glace cave

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Besides visiting the Mer de Glace, we also took a lovely walk in a nearby forest and admired the many Christmas decorations throughout the town. Obviously many a mulled wine and pastries were had along the way (the diet can wait until 2015 too).

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And then a few days ago the snow finally came! Which was the perfect end to our alpine trip…

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snowman

Next up: Cannes and Monte Carlo!

Happy holidays!

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