Wednesday, 7 November 2012

First Snow in Chamonix

It was meant to be a quiet, sensible weekend at home in Paris, doing the housework, sorting out paperwork and perhaps indulging in a little trip to the cinema. But then a friend phoned with a reminder that her short-term rented flat in Chamonix had a couple of spare beds and that she was only there for one more month. And so, throwing quiet and sensible to the wind, I rushed out of work on Friday afternoon and straight to the train station.

 
The weather was so awful on Saturday that had it not been for the great company and two-and-a-half hours of James Bond, it would hardly have seemed worth the trip. But when we came out of the cinema on Saturday night, the pouring rain had been transformed into whirling snowflakes and on the days that followed we were treated to this:



And this:




And this:


It was that gorgeous time of year when autumn in the mountains turns into winter and the golden leaves contrast with the sparkling snow and clear blue sky:


And a short afternoon hike can make you feel on top of the world:


3 comments:

  1. Beautiful, I lived in Chamonix for a short while, arriving about this time of year back in 07. That was a complete disaster, but it's a fun place (spent more time drinking than hiking to be honest!)

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  2. Haha, yes, I would say it's a fun place to drink too. And eat fondue ...

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  3. Oh wow...! It's like winter in Ottawa (minus the gorgeous mountains, yeah small detail :-D). We don't have snow yet (*keeping fingers crossed, not ready to shovel yet!*) but it gets colder and colder every day it seems.

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