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Great village of Chamonix among world's most beautiful

Mont Blanc is in the middle; tallest mountain in Western Europe

Mont Blanc is in the middle; tallest mountain in Western Europe

Always excited to run into old friends!; I could have used this guy for the steep downhills at the end of the hike

Always excited to run into old friends!; I could have used this guy for the steep downhills at the end of the hike

During WW2, a children's home operated here in which dozens of Jewish children were hidden from the Nazis

During WW2, a children's home operated here in which dozens of Jewish children were hidden from the Nazis

Heard the bells and what did I see?  Huge cows going past my hotel window. Not one or two, but three!

Heard the bells and what did I see? Huge cows going past my hotel window. Not one or two, but three!

I enjoyed sleeping with the balcony door open but Lee didn't care for it to be 40 degrees inside our room

I enjoyed sleeping with the balcony door open but Lee didn't care for it to be 40 degrees inside our room

Bosson's Glacier; Mont Blanc is the 11th highest mountain in the world and climbed by about 20,000 people a year

Bosson's Glacier; Mont Blanc is the 11th highest mountain in the world and climbed by about 20,000 people a year

Driving from Annecy to Chamonix it's incredible how the scenery changes as you enter the valley

Driving from Annecy to Chamonix it's incredible how the scenery changes as you enter the valley

Since the train wasn't running we had to hike down 2 1/2 hours which was just brutal; rocks, roots, slippery leaves, etc

Since the train wasn't running we had to hike down 2 1/2 hours which was just brutal; rocks, roots, slippery leaves, etc

Perfect weather for our long hike with Mont Blanc at our backs

Perfect weather for our long hike with Mont Blanc at our backs

In off-season all the lifts and gondolas are closed but one; seriously limiting hiking options

In off-season all the lifts and gondolas are closed but one; seriously limiting hiking options

Chamonix hosted the first winter Olympics games in 1924; year-round population of about 9000

Chamonix hosted the first winter Olympics games in 1924; year-round population of about 9000

The Arve River runs right through the center of Chamonix before eventually reaching Lake Geneva

The Arve River runs right through the center of Chamonix before eventually reaching Lake Geneva

We think this is Lee paragliding;  I must have seen 100 flights just today

We think this is Lee paragliding; I must have seen 100 flights just today

Lee and I have both been to Chamonix before, but still took the lift up to Aiguille de Midi for the incredible vistas

Lee and I have both been to Chamonix before, but still took the lift up to Aiguille de Midi for the incredible vistas

The Mer de Glace glacier has retreated significantly since my visit only 3 years ago

The Mer de Glace glacier has retreated significantly since my visit only 3 years ago

A couple of nice waterfalls across the glacier from the Montenvers train station

A couple of nice waterfalls across the glacier from the Montenvers train station

Everywhere you go in Chamonix there are tremendous views of Mont Blanc

Everywhere you go in Chamonix there are tremendous views of Mont Blanc

Loved the fall colors.  You can see how narrow the valley is that Chamonix occupies.

Loved the fall colors. You can see how narrow the valley is that Chamonix occupies.

Chamonix gets more than 5 million visitors a year but October is low season so it wasn't crowded

Chamonix gets more than 5 million visitors a year but October is low season so it wasn't crowded

View from Aiguille du Midi of the Italian Alps; France, Switzerland and Italy converge near here

View from Aiguille du Midi of the Italian Alps; France, Switzerland and Italy converge near here

Even in October, the French Alps looked so inhospitable; we saw plenty of mountain climbers; a tough bunch!

Even in October, the French Alps looked so inhospitable; we saw plenty of mountain climbers; a tough bunch!

Who could concentrate on tennis with this view of Mont Blanc in the background?

Who could concentrate on tennis with this view of Mont Blanc in the background?

One of the most beautiful places in the world and one of my all-time favorites!

One of the most beautiful places in the world and one of my all-time favorites!

Found a couple of friends at the beginning of our long hike

Found a couple of friends at the beginning of our long hike

Tried going to casino but needed to have passport.  Didn't get good reviews on TripAdvisor.

Tried going to casino but needed to have passport. Didn't get good reviews on TripAdvisor.

Great view from our hotel balcony.  Could see Mont Blanc looking the other way.

Great view from our hotel balcony. Could see Mont Blanc looking the other way.

Posted by VagabondCowboy 04:24

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