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  • Day148

    Chamonix and Mont Blanc, France

    September 26 in France

    Chamonix is famous for its location at the foot of Mont Blanc (White Mountain), the highest mountain in Europe, at 4808 meters, or 15,777 feet. The first Winter Olympics was held here in 1924. River Lyret flows rapidly through town, and consists of meltwater from the glaciers. The church is pretty from all angles, since mountains surround the town.Read more

  • Day148

    Climbing Mont Blanc

    September 26 in France

    During non-skiing season, people flock here for hiking, paragliding (of which we saw many), and mountain climbing. We saw a great statue of the two first climbers, Paccard (a doctor) and his guide Balmot, 1786. One of the town's buildings has a mural of people who've been involved in climbing Mont Blanc, setting records along the way. The waitress in the top window of the mural was the first woman to climb Mont Blanc, in 1808. The second woman was in 1838.

    We went to the Alpine Museum to learn more, and got to see some beautiful gemstones and crystals too!
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  • Day87

    CHAMONIX, FRANCE

    June 25 in France

    This town is so cute I could pinch its cheeks (edited for Buz). It's directly out of a fairy tale. In the French Alps, close to the Swiss border. Think Sound of Music meets Beauty and the Beast. The village lies at the foot of Mt Blanc, nestled in a valley full of dramatic landscapes. On the train climb up we saw mountain goats, waterfalls, glaciers, and skinny, long train bridges. The apart-hotel, 'Le Majestic' is this stunning 1920's (??) palace. Look up Grand Budapest Hotel and I swear it's a spitting image. The long hallways are so wide I could lay across them 3 times. I honestly can't see where it ends. There is an incredible urge to cartwheel until I just can't cartwheel anymore. And it feels empty, which makes it even cooler! And more likely that I will cartwheel.

    Photos to follow... this is definitely is a playground I want to explore!!!

    THURSDAY
    Chamonix started off with a bang (literally) in a family paintball match. So. Much. FUN! I've never played paintball, but the boys were so enthusiastic to try we had to give it a go. There is something very therapeutic about shooting your loved ones. A young guy named Teddy set the course up in the woods in Les Tines. Loads of forested ground on which to play: many forts, hiding spots, cubbies... The boys were in seventh heaven. Priceless! We played for 2 hours and went through 3 bags of ammo. Buz seemed to be the overall winner, although Zach and Jesse are pretty good shots. I need to go to the shooting range for a bit more practice, it seems. We all had fun comparing our little bruises after (although the 5psi guns are pretty tame, they still pack a punch).

    Yesterday we took the cable car to Plan Praz. Buz and Jesse were extremely brave and carried on with cable car #2 to Breventz. I'm a bit ashamed to say that neither Zach nor I could manage to coax ourselves on. In fairness, the cable car is suspended between 2 super-high, rocky snow-covered peaks with nothing in between but sheer drops thousands of feet below. It's maybe an 8 minute ride across air. If something were to happen, I can't see a back-up plan. So I justify our cowardice as intelligence.

    After Buz and Jesse returned safely, we started off on an alpine hike to Flegere. AWESOME! The boys are turning into mountain goats and managed the hike brilliantly. Although it's 'level,' there was a lot of ascent/descent in between and a few hours of walking. There were patches of snow to play in, cliffs to cling to, scree to cross, and most of all just stunning scenery which I won't even try to describe.

    We liked hiking so much that we went back up to Plan Praz today and attempted the hike up to Breventz peak. Unfortunately we hadn't realised most of the track after a certain altitude was all snow. Zach only wore his canvas skateboarding shoes which were quickly soaked through. And Jesse hadn't eaten breakfast. But the REAL reason we didn't make the peak was that the boys were having too much fun turning their rain jackets into makeshift toboggans and spent ages 'sleighriding' - every time they got a bit of altitude they would fly back down. Australians and snow- they couldn't resist. And it probably ended up being more fun than reaching the peak.

    Buz kindly took the boys while I repeated yesterday's hike to Flegere solo. Because honestly he was having as much fun as the kids playing in the snow.

    Tomorrow more paintball is planned.
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  • Day92

    CHAMONIX, PART DEUX

    June 30 in France

    Yesterday was another game of paintball with Teddy. The boys were on such a high- they love it. Teddy has won some European paintball matches and he also professionally referees paintball tournaments, so their mutual enthusiasm for the sport was contagious. He brought out his pro-level gun to let us have a try at shooting it. It's like a machine gun and would definitely inflict a lot of pain. He even joined the boys in a match against Buz and I (we lost). Great fun!

    Our visit here also coincides with the 2018 Chamonix Mount Blanc marathon and ultra-marathon. Hundreds of superfit athletes have arrived. Yesterday was the 91km ultra through the mountains. Unreal! They started off at 4am, and at 7pm we were out lining the streets with the rest of the town to cheer them on as they trickled in to cross the finish. It has motivated me to dust off my running shoes. It even inspired Jesse to join the Kids Mini Cross 2km event this morning! I was super impressed with his effort!!! These European kids don't seem to get the idea of a 'fun run.' They sprint like the wind as soon as the buzzer goes off and sprint right on through to the finish! A few of the less fortunate even got tripped over and jumped over after the starting gun. Jesse did great!! He didn't finish first, but he wasn't last either! I was so proud he gave it a go.

    TUESDAY
    Hmmm..... let's see. Since the last entry... We tried white water rafting with our guide, Tom/Bradley (2 personalities: safety Tom / fun Bradley). That was BRILLIANT! We all loved it! I was a bit nervous after the safety briefing- thinking of everything that could go wrong and how I would prefer not to die by drowning in freezing glacier water. We carried the rafts over a rocky embankment that was filled with large bright red/yellow signs warning us in French about Danger and Do Not Enter! The water was churning about (Tom Bradley referred to it as the washing machine). We got in and paddled hard. Within minutes he was yelling 'Bonsai!' -our cue to grab the rope and duck down in the boat. So exciting! The boys got front seat and loved getting splashed and churned. When it got a bit calmer, he let us take turns jumping in to the water and trying to climb back in the boat. We practiced 'crashes' (boys loved that), and went over 3 little waterfalls. At the very end, we got to try swimming in the rapids, trying to reach our boat by swimming hard at just the right time before grabbing the 'rescue paddle of shame.' We all tried it and made it! And perhaps equally fun on the van ride back, Tom Bradley let the boys sit in the front of the van. He turned the French music up loud and drove crazy around the gravel roads.

    Then yesterday morning Buz decided to paraglide! I wasn't worried (much) as it was tandem, but still v glad when he landed safely. We had fun watching from ground level. I don't know if I will be able to watch when he does solo paramotoring!! However, we will cross that bridge later.

    Did a little alpine hike yesterday arvo (Le Petite Balcon Sud). The boys changed into togs so they could take turn pouring jugs of freezing waterfall water over themselves in various challenges, one of them was called the Nut Challenge, which doesn't require further description. No brain, no pain.

    Today we went up Brevent for another mini-hike and play in the snow. I think we could easily spend a whole summer here- soooo much to do!

    FRIDAY
    Tomorrow we leave this wonderland. Sigh. Had another great 4-hour hike from Flegere to Chamonix- most of it was descent, so pretty easy. To make it more challenging (of course you can't just enjoy the silence of an alpine forest) the 3 males devised a 'pine cone fight' so much of the steep descent was spent dodging prickly cones. The weather has now turned and there were some spectacular rain showers and fog yesterday. Of course, we are finishing up our Chamonix days with a paintball match tonight!
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  • Day49

    Glace de mer ( sea of ice)

    August 3, 2017 in France

    Yesterday we arrived at Chamonix. We came with nanny and grandad.(Chamonix is in France 🇫🇷).
    We woke up early and went to see the Glacé de mer (Sea of ice ) Glacier. We took something like a mountain train to reach the view point. The view was amazing!! Me, Mummy, Daddy and Nanny went down to see the Glacier and ice cave. We went really slowly because I was scared.
    Once we arrived at the ice cave, we went inside. It was freezing cold and I had to wear a jacket!!! Brrrrrrrrrrr!
    We walked up the steep slope and got on a cable car back up. I was really scared!! ( So was Nanny!!)
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  • Day89

    Chamonix 3

    June 27 in France

    Caught the cable car up to Brevent, which is the mountain on the other side of the valley to Mont Blanc with awesome views.
    Then walked 10km to Flegere Refuge Station and caught the lift back down to Chamonix.

  • Day90

    Chamonix 4

    June 28 in France

    Attempted to walk to the summit of a Brevent, but there was snow half way up so we spent the morning tobogganning on our raincoats.
    Then we watched the paragliders for a while.
    Then we headed down the mountain to the town for lunch.

  • Day94

    Chamonix 5

    July 2 in France

    Went tandem paragliding today from Mt Brevent.

    The guy that took me was super nice even though he had only 4 weeks experience of being a pilot!

    Also the paraglider was a bit old, it was a 1970’s design and made of cotton and string!!!

    Sorry Mum!!!

  • Day50

    Geneve japanese

    August 4, 2017 in France

    今日はアイルランドからフランスに移動する日だったので、寂しかったです。😭😭😭😭😭
    昨日はメラニーおばさんの家に行って、皆でご飯を食べました。私はハンバーグを食べました。いとこのカラムとジョシュと12スウィッチとバスケットボール🏀を遊んだのが、楽しかったです!
    私が今朝起きた時、ボビーとジギーをずっと撫でていました。どうしてかというと、犬はシンガポールにいないし、ボビーとジギーの事が大好きだからです。
    朝、ナニーとグランダのいえをでた時はすごく寒かったです、はく息が見えました!!
    飛行機の中は私がナニーのとなりに座って、コナーはグランダのとなりに座りました。ジュネーブにから、私達は95分車に乗ってダディの運転する大きな車に乗ってフランスのシャモニーと言う所に行きました。氷河や山が見えて、壮大な景色でした。あと、モン ブラン も見えました。(食べ物のモンブランじゃないよー。)今日は楽しかったけれど、アイルランドの事を考えたら、寂しくなりました。Read more

  • Day51

    Glaciers japanese

    August 5, 2017 in France

    今日は氷河以外はあつい日でした。大きな氷河を見る前、近くにある、小さい氷河を見る事にしました。私はぐあいが悪くなってしまえ、グランダとカフェ☕️で待っていました。私はファンタを飲んで、グランダとポテトチップスを半分こしました。美味しかったですー!人が氷河に歩いてるのも見えました。上に行く時は、ゴンドラを乗らないといけなかったんです。ナニーは高い所が過ぎじゃなくて、乗りたくなかったけれど、頑張って乗りました!ナニーに拍手!👏
    大きな氷河を見に行きました。私達はゴンドラを乗って、お外をみました。すごく小さな家が見えて、ダディは怖いと言いました。氷河は3度でした!ものすごく寒かったです。またキレイな氷河を見に行きたいです。
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Chamonix, Chamônix, シャモニー=モン=ブラン, 샤모니, 74400, Шамони, Шамони Мон Блан, 霞慕尼

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