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The French Alps

It was a dark and cloudy late afternoon when the GPS finally found our B&B at Plateau D’Assy, above Chamonix in the French Alps, and we wondered if we would ever see the mountains

It was a dark and cloudy late afternoon when the GPS finally found our B&B at Plateau D’Assy, above Chamonix in the French Alps, and we wondered if we would ever see the mountains. That’s Pat middle right on our balcony.

Suddenly, at sunset, the clouds began to dissipate, and we were astonished to see Mont Blanc looming above us. We had no idea we would be able to see it from our balcony, or that it would be so huge. About a week after we returned. an avalanche on the mountain killed nice experienced climbers.

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The next morning we took the téléphérique up the Aiguille du Midi

(“South Needle”). It holds the record as the highest vertical ascent

cable car in the world, ascending 9,800 feet in 20 minutes from Chamonix.

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There’s a series of viewing platforms at several levels,

allowing for views in all directions.

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Those are not climbers, but “mere” hikers. We probably would

have done this part of the hike ourselves except for my

plantar fasciitis, giving me a badly bruised heel.

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We were lucky to have a chilly but beautiful day

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