Friday, September 07, 2007

Day 12

Our first full day in Chamonix. We woke up early to catch the lift up to the top of the nearest mountain to get some up close views of Mt. Blanc. We had to take two lifts/gondolas to get to 10,000 feet. At this point it was freezing and of course we packed for summer so we were very cold. I was wearing as many clothes as I could put on, and was still freezing. There were people ice climbing, rock climbing and getting ready to trek to the top of Mt. Blanc.
It was kind of surreal to be at the top of a mountain and it took less than 15 minutes. And there was a building with a cafe and bathrooms, and it had ice caves too.
When we were on top we walked around, looked at the views, snapped pictures and then warmed up with some hot chocolate/coffee. When we thawed out we hopped on the gondola and took it to the halfway point. We took a little hike to Lac Bleu. I was glad we took this 30 minute hike instead of the 2 and a half hour hike down the mountain some of my other family members were thinking about doing.At the bottom of the mountain Mom bought a painting by a local artist. We spent the rest of the day having a picnic lunch, shopping and exploring the town. For dinner we went La Dru. We ate outside and had an amazing view of the mountains around us. We ate cheese fondue, soup, salad, the guys had a bar-b-que on their table that they used to grill raw meat. We finished with creme brulee and coffee.

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