I like France, for her diversity of any kind. Especially in nature. For example- living in Alpes does not mean the only ski but also walk & bath in plenty of the beautiful lakes!
Today I invite you for a small walk on the rope bridge Passerelle du Drac!
Apparently, this type of Himalayan bridge is very rare in Europe. The view of the lake & surrounding mountains is really breathtaking. You can make a hike and go back by boat, however, boats are available only during summer.
7,5 km (4.7 miles) from Les Vignes car park
9,5 km (5.9 miles) from La Mira pier
3 km (1.8 miles) from the beach car park
It is only 1h from Grenoble!
The bridge is accessible for pedestrians and mountain bikers…and if you have no fear, you can cross second -twin- bridge-Passerelle de l’ Ebron!
Chamonix was always on my list . It’s located in the heart of the Alps at 1035 meters and is famous because of Mont Blanc -highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe 4,808 m above sea level!
Of course to climb on Mont Blanc you have to be very well prepared – be fit and be experienced . If you never climbed with crampons or have never been in high attitude (thin air) -please do not go there, otherwise you might lose our life. As much as I love hiking I do not feel prepared enough to climb this mountain. (hopefully in the future).
Chamonix is a charming place surrounded by high Alps and is worth visiting any time of the year, however, it’s a pretty posh place and can be expensive. (All ski brands are easy to find and non -ski shops such Chanel as well.) We went there at the end of August and found a nice hotel with reasonable price.
Basically, what you should visit being there (it is a minimum I would say) is Aiguille du Midi Mer de Glace and Mont Brevent.
Restaurant La Moraine
Aiguille du Midi & Mont Blanc
Aiguille du Midi is 3842m high mountain with amazing view on Mont Blanc. To get there I advise to take cable car. It is not cheap, but is worth it (otherwise you can climb).
Aguille de Midi view from cable car
View there took my breath away. It’s a beautiful place, all year plenty of snow and you really feel that you are at the roof of Europe .
You can take lot of pictures and if you want it is possible to take another cable car to Italian part of Alps. We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we could not imagine better place than this one!
Mer de Glace Is a glacier situated on the northern slopes of the massif of Mont Blanc .
To go there you need to take small vintage train from Chamonix and during that journey you can admire beautiful landscapes. Glacier is approx. 7.5kg long and apparently it is the largest & longest glacier at the moment in France. It is sad but glacier is decreasing it’s level; it is melting due to climate change.
We went down to the glacier and we went inside ….I know it sounds bizarre but is real!
There is a tunnel & cave and some sculptures carved in ice- I felt like being an another planet!
Le Brévent -mountain which is facing Mont Blanc, and which you can hike or take cable car to PlanPraz stop at 1.999m, where you change for second cable car to go at 2.525m.
From Brevent you can do a lot of hiking on relatively easy level or try paragliding -if you dare:)
This mountain is very sunny and usually during summer is a lot of deck chair o you can get sun tan;)
Well, I think the best is just to look at the pictures:)
After 6 years in Ireland, we have decided that is time to move on. We did not know where we want to go, except it has to be sunny piece of land (if someone lived in Ireland will understand why).
One day we analyzed all directions and after few months of very intensive preparations we moved into French Alps. I have to admit that the idea of living in Alps wasn’t that what I wanted but I gave it a try.
That was exactly 7 months ago.
Now, I cannot understand myself what about I was afraid of. I simply love this piece of world. It’s quiet, sunny and has a lot of options for everybody! And food! Oh my God. It is simple and sublime. Everything is so tasty, starting from aromatic cheese & wine, finishing with Tartiflette.
Here in Alps you are going to slow down a bit.
First days were quite shocking for me – queuing in local boulangerie to purchase baguette and it take “hours” due seller is making small chat with clients asking how they are doing. Bit surprise for me after living in big agglomerations, where contact with customer was limited to: “Hi, how can I help you & goodbye.”
After rented a small apt À côté de Grenoble we have explored our neighbourhood. I took lot of pictures and some of them you can see under this post.