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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.
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.
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.