Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps, Episode 121


Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps Trip Report with Katie and Nathan

Snowy weather in June at the Aiguile du Midi
Snowy weather in June at the Aiguile du Midi.

In the second installment of my conversation with Katie and Nathan, they tell us about their visit to Chamonix, Annecy, Alps  and also their excursions to the Aiguille du Midi and the Mer de Glace.  Katie and Nathan are from Durham, North Carolina. She's 26 and a teacher and he's 29 and a mechanical engineer. They visited France in June 2016.

This is the 2nd part of a 3-part series with Katie and Nathan:

  1. Ep. 120 was on Colmar and Alsace.
  2. Epi. 121 this week is on Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps.
  3. Ep.  122 next week is going to be on Verdon Gorge, Provence, and Carcassonne.
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Hotels Recommended in this Episode: Hôtel Vert in Chamonix, Hôtel du Château in Annecy

Chamonix, Annecy, and the Alps Trip Report with Katie and Nathan


On their way to Chamonix Katie and Nathan stopped and enjoyed the Alpine slide in Kandersteg (Switzerland) which looks like a ton of fun!

In Chamonix they stayed at Hôtel Vert which was 10-15 minutes from the city center, but they loved it anyway because it was such a lovely walk.

The fake ruin they mention is called Lac à l'Anglais, and they are right, it is scenic. Strange but scenic.

Chamonix photo Vasile Cotovanu
Chamonix, photo Vasile Cotovanu

Visiting the Aiguille du Midi

They had planned to take an epic hike by going on the gondola half way up (to Plan d'Aiguille), then hike all day to the  Mer de Glace, and then back down with the Montenvers train, but it didn't work out because of bad weather. So, instead, they took the gondola or (or "téléphérique" as it is called in French) all the way up the  Aiguille du Midi and back down. The next day they took the train to the Mer de Glace. Taking the gondola up was wonderful even though they couldn't do any hiking or see the amazing vistas.

Aiguille du Midi photo Ivan Borisov
Aiguille du Midi photo Ivan Borisov

Annecy and Lac d'Annecy

Katie and Nathan stayed for one night in a place called Metz-Tessy near Annecy at an AirB&B, then two nights in Annecy proper at a hotel called Hôtel du Château, a hotel they enjoyed very much, and reasonably priced. Their breakfast was particularly good. The hotel also had bicycles for rent, which they took advantage of to ride around the lake.

They recommend a beach on the Lac d'Annecy called Talloires, the water was beautiful and not as cold as other places they tried.

Katie and Nathan in Annecy
Katie and Nathan in Annecy

Discussed in this Episode

  • Kandersteg Alpine Slide
  • Chamonix
  • Aiguille du Midi
  • Mer de Glace
  • Annecy
  • France with Children

Let's Review

The Alps area was so different from Alsace that it almost felt like a different country. They also noted that this area is easy to deal with for visitors who don't speak French, there are a lot of English speakers in hotels, restaurants, etc.  This area would a great choice for anyone, but especially for families with children because you can do a lot more than walk around a pretty place, which tends to get boring for children after a while.


Lyon Area

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