The first of 3 sets of pictures from an impromptu return holiday to Chamonix-Mont Blanc.

  

Views of Mont Blanc from the Aiguille du Midi over the Cosmiques arrête. As it says on on the climbing web sites:  “It’s now time to look cool – and try not to fall off – as you’re being photographed by dozens of tourists on the viewing platform ahead!

  

(L) Alpinistes exit from the Aiguille du Midi station. (R) Returning alpinistes.

View across to the Refuge Vallot (4262 m), a mountain hut on the usual route up Mont  Blanc.

  

Views across the Vallée Blanche. (L) In the bottom middle you can just make out 2 sets of 3 gondolas of the Vallée Blanche aerial tramway making the traverse across to Pointe Helbronner in Italy.

  

High altitude construction: (L) Using an angle grinder while roped up must be a pretty specialist job! (R) Delivering construction materials for an extension to the Aiguille station by helicopter similarly can’t be dull!

Hiking direction signs at the Plan de l’Aiguille. These signs are excellent, although the timings are definitely on the brisk side!

Chamonix terminus of the Aiguille du Midi cable car.

There had been a Benedictine priory in Chamonix from about the 12th C, with the current church dating from 1709. The “onion” bell tower is fairly typical of the Savoy region, reflecting Germanic influences.

 

Chamonix revisited I

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