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Haute-Savoie

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  • Day106

    Mont Blanc

    September 20, 2017 in France

    On the way to Sallanches, we drove through Chamonix, a very popular winter resort near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. Here we got an up-close and personal view of Mont Blanc and its amazing glacier.
    Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps rising 4,808 m (15,774 ft). Glaciers cover approximately 40 square miles (100 square km) of Mont Blanc. I can only hope the photos show how beautiful it is.Read more

  • Day107

    Sallanches France

    September 21, 2017 in France

    Sallanches is situated on the Sallanche river near Mont Blanc, west of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and north of Megeve. Our accommodation looks out to Mont Blanc. Seeing it from here without obstruction is very special. We did a quick tour of the town last night so today we are happy to stay here and enjoy this beautiful vista while we relax and soak up the clean mountain air. It truly is a hard life 😉

  • Day145

    Lake Annecy, in the French Alps

    September 23 in France

    Lake Annecy is surrounded by mountains, fed by mountain streams, and is known for its clear water. It is 9 miles long and 2 miles wide. At the north end of the lake is the city of Annecy, which has parks, promenades, beaches, a casino, and boat rides.

  • Day145

    The Medieval City of Annecy

    September 23 in France

    The old city (often called Venice of the Alps) has a river and three canals, making quaint and beautiful sights. The most picturesque view is of the medieval castle and prison, set on an island in the River Thiou. It was fun to wander around the old town, crossing and re-crossing the waterways, and seeing everyone having a wonderful Sunday. A street market was going on too. What great smells!

  • Day150

    Housesitting in Servoz

    September 28 in France

    We are caring for Maisie, a sweet black lab, this weekend. Servoz is a lovely little town with great views of Mont Blanc, and we can even see it from Maisie's front yard!

    Here are some views around the village, as well as Mont Blanc at sunset. We get to see this every evening--lucky us!

  • Day147

    Gorges de la Diosaz

    September 25 in France

    A natural gorge with a suspended walkway inside led us along and over the beautiful cascades for about 1.6 miles round trip. The path, constructed in 1875, is well maintained, with signposts along the way explaining the history, geology, plants and animals.

    A dam controls the water flow, and right now it is quite low. The highest flow is in June and July when the snow is melting, and of course after a storm.Read more

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Day145

    Old Town Annecy Churches

    September 23 in France

    The small, walkable old town has lots of Catholic churches, all beautiful. During the Protestant Reformation, Catholic priests from Geneva Switzerland took refuge in Annecy.

    A baptism was in process in the beautiful Notre Dame church.

    St Maurice church was a former Dominican convent chapel, built in the 15th century. The inside is a mixture of the old and new. The pews have been replaced by chairs and the altar is spartan, but the old organ, pulpit and side altars are restored. It is obviously a loved church.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Haute-Savoie, Departement de la Haute-Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Alta Savojo, Alta Saboya, Alta Savoia, Alta Sabóia

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