Saturday, December 19, 2009
One of the few regions in France that we had never visited was the Alpes. Early last week we took off to see the high mountains of the Haute Savoie. We stayed at a little auberge called Le Chalet des Troncs in the Grand Bornand set among the Aravis mountain range, about half way between the beautiful city of Anncey and Mont Blanc, the highest mountain peak in Europe. Our first stunning view of the Alpes was from the Grand Bornand. Our chalet was outside of town, very cozy and rustic. We visited Anncey, the capital of the Haute Savoie, with it's large lake and charming historic town. Our second goal was to visit Chamonix and to catch a view of the glaciers and Mont Blanc itself (15,781 ft). The drive was spectacular and we enjoyed watching several brave souls ski off the highest peaks, open parachutes and with skis still attached, float across the valley and land outside town. We arrived back home on Friday to find that our litle town, (elevation 740 ft), looked just like the Alpes!