Our flight from Nice to Chamonix was one I will never forget. Flying at 35K feet and seeing the alps pop up through the clouds was beyond anything I had ever seen and the perfect start to our time in Chamonix.
When we arrived early that morning we headed to our hotel, Hotel L’Heliopic, which was nestled perfectly in the center of all things Chamonix. The Aiguille du midi lift was literally a one minute walk outside our hotel door. This hotel is beautiful and I would go back in a heartbeat. Especially to enjoy their many spa services, which I unfortunately did not get to take advantage of due to our short stay.
Once we dropped our things off, we headed straight to the Aiguille du midi lift (Europe’s highest cable car lift) and ascended 12k feet in 20 minutes. When we walked out, we were engulfed in the alps — both the Italian, Swiss and French alps. Mont Blanc, the alps highest peak was in clear view. I have never experienced anything like it — the views and the altitude sickness. Ascending that many feet in that short of time made both Bobby and myself not feel so well. But once we got some food and hydrated, we recovered quickly. At the top, there is an attraction called Step into the Void, where you step into a glass cage, overlooking a 3000ft drop.
After our time at the top, we explored the little ski town of Chamonix.
Our next day we had planned to hike to Lac Blanc. but the lift to the half way point was closed and would most likely have been an all day hike for us, which we were not prepared for. So, we spent half the day hiking to Chalet La Floria, where we had lunch and enjoyed views of Mont Blanc.
I think both Bobby and I picked Chamonix as being our most favorite of the three cities we visited in France. We would love to travel there again one day.