Aguille du Midi

On a 3 day weekend in May, we decided quite last minute (as usual) to take a looooong (almost 9!) hours drive to visit the famous Aguille du Midi.  We left on friday, stayed overnight I think in Nancy, and then reached Geneva in the afternoon on Saturday.  We walked around the city a bit, but for some reason I was not into it.  Mostly because we passed by a lot of main streets in downtown that looked very…dodgy.  And the main attraction – the FOUNTAIN – was off!  Anyways, we did visit a random beautiful hotel lobby, the most charming lobby I’ve ever seen.

From there, the next day we visited the Aguille du Midi.  If someone told me before that I would be one day viewing the Mont Blanc in person – I would have laughed.  And here we were on this day, 3900 feet above ground.  With a completely breathtaking sight of the mountain ranges and the famous Mont Blanc.  The feeling was so overwhelming.  Literally on the top of the world.  I never imagined I would see nature like this in real life.  Over TV and magazines, yes.  But in person, in real life?  I know I say this a lot, but it’s because its true.   Things like these – I never dreamed of them.  Perhaps because I didn’t dare to.  I didn’t know there was to dream of.   Tom was SOOOOO excited to take me ….he said I’d love it.  And I was not sure.  I didn’t know what kind of view or sight he was taking me to.

And suddenly we were up there.  And I was speechless.  And I loved it.  I felt so fortunate, blessed.  That even though I was not a courageous mountaineer, somehow, I could on this day experience this sight.  If you are ever passing by this place – you must go.  But it needs to be a clear day, else it would be all foggy and you wouldn’t see anything.  We were sooo lucky that it was a clear day, but Tom told me he did check before leaving Belgium that the weather would be clear.  From here you can take 2 other cable cars and  go to a point where you can see three countries at the same time – Italy, France, Switzerland.  But those cable cars were closed (not yet in season), and the glass platform was also closed.

We were lucky – it was not peak season so it was not super crowded although still crowded.   And the cable card had JUST opened as they are usually closed in the off season.

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a really pretty lobby of a beautiful hotel in downtown (don’t remember which one)

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most charming fireplace I’ve seen.
with 2 chinese paintings on either side tooI

In the evening we stayed at a small town near Aguille du Midi at a nice Ibis hotel (Ibis Sallanches) with a view of the mountains.  Tom looked up a little french restaurant, and for less than 2x euros per person, we had a really lovely french dinner.  SOOOO goood.  It was called La Petite Cour.

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the BEST cocotte I’ve ever eaten!!! it was soooo cheesy yet still light!
and a stew where all the meat was cooked to perfection.

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veal stew here…yumm…. I loved that it was a clear gravy.

The next day, we drove to Chamonix, just 20 minutes away.  The cable car is not cheap at about 57 euros, but if you add 2 euros you also get the train to go up a hilltop town to see a glacier.

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the most spectacular cable car ride.  honestly, that they built all this there is already amazing too.  

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3900 feet above sea level

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BREATHTAKING.  left us speechless.

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and the views from above!
it reminded me of the view from halstatt.
and the moment when little foot finally reaches The Great Valley! in The Land Before Time.

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this man-made bridge is an engineering marvel to me.
the entire construction on this view point is brilliant.

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    see those 3 mountaineers!

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    see that one mountaineer on the top?  walking back towards the building?

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    do you spot the mountaineers?

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    just blue and white.  nothing and everything.  nowhere and everywhere.

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    craazyyyyyy.  They sleep overnight in the mountains.  in a wooden cabin.  about 40 persons in 1 wooden room.

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    now THIS is the highest bar in the world!

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    the view descending from the cable car.

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    little chamonix.

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    the part that is still white – that is where the waters used to be upto – and now its all dried up.
    scary
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    we entered a random restaurant for fondue – fondue wasn’t that great.
    and the place was FULL of tourists – all the restaurants I mean.
    made me wish we had gone back to the little restaurant for a good french dinner instead.

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    Tom booked us at a luxury hotel in town – with a view – and a michelin star restaurant.
    Unfortunately we were too late to book at the restaurant – amazing deal they had for lunch.

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