It’s winter. Have you planned your ski trip yet?
Chamonix-Mont Blanc, France
Two years ago, I spent a lovely week in south-eastern France with my friends Leyla and Ann in a small town about an hour from the Swiss border. They showed me around nearby towns including the famous Chamonix (sham-oh-NEE)–known for it’s beautiful peaks and popular ski resort.
Chamonix was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Mont Blanc, which is nearly 16,000 feet high (4800 meters), is the third most visited natural site in the world. This area is famous for a number of outdoor sports including mountain climbing, extreme skiing, ice climbing and rafting. While I didn’t participate in any of that, I did ride up the cable car up to the summit of Aiguille du Midi. When it was built in 1955, it was the highest cable car in the world.