OK, so the Mont Blanc is really in France, but this gorgeous mountain provides some of the most beautiful and iconic scenery from the Swiss side of Lake Geneva and is a constant source of inspiration for me. Soaring to over 4,000 meters, it is the highest mountain peak in the alps and the second most visited place in France (after Paris, of course). There are many, many adventures to go on in this region but, since we were only there for one day, we chose to take the train to the Mer de Glace / Sea of Ice. The train transports you to a viewing station directly above the end of the glacier. Originally the train tracks ended with the glacier at your feet, but now you have to board a telecabin which descends about half way to the glacier. To get to the glacier and the gorgeous ice cave – yes, you go inside the glacier! – you then walk down 500 more steps. Additional steps have to be added each year as the glacier continues to melt. Previous levels of the glacier are marked along the way, demonstrating the real life impact of climate change. In the last three years alone, the glacier has diminished significantly. If you are a bit of a science geek like me, you might like this website and accompanying short film comparing the glacier in 1909 to what it was last year.
For this quick trip, we stayed at the Hotel Eden, a lovely small hotel that has recently been completely modernized and transformed by a wonderful young couple. The set up is very family friendly and the decor, service and food are all outstanding, as are the views of the Mont Blanc! We walked a bit along the river close to Chamonix and spent part of the next morning in Chamonix itself. Having these little tastes of this region only serve to entice me to go back again and again. I am all set to explore several alpine lakes in this region in the next few weeks – I think they will be the perfect setting for another epic family photo session. If you’d like me to join you on YOUR next family adventure and record your memories in photos, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by filling out the contact form in the main menu. In the spirit of adventure, Kate.