Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mont Blanc and Chamonix

After leaving Yvoire, the town I showed in yesterday's post, we drove to Chamonix, France where we were able to get a good look at Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps at 15,777 feet. That is a glacier cascading down the side of the mountain in the foreground.

This sculpture in Chamonix shows Horace-Bénédict de Saussure with Jacques Balmat on the left pointing at the summit of Mont Blanc. Balmat completed the first ascent of Mont Blanc in 1786 and collected the reward that had been offered 25 years earlier by Saussure.

Casino Chamonix Mont Blanc

Church of Saint Michael.

Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and was the sight of the first Winter Olympics in 1924.

15 comments:

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Uma localidade com muitas tradições nos desportos de inverno.
Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.
Andarilhar

biebkriebels said...

It is an impressive mountain that many have climbed after the first one.

Marleen said...

I love your photo with the street, the church and the magnificent view.

Lowell said...

Your fantastic photos just keep on coming! Another beautiful and amazing place. For some reason I especially like the way you composed the one with the church at the end of the road. Did you do any gambling in the casino?

Sandra said...

I am blown away by the photo of the church with the flowers on the building. that is perfect for a post card.

Sharon Anck said...

A very pretty Alpine city!

William Kendall said...

These mountain views are glorious. Mont Blanc is another mountain I'd love to have a go at.

bill burke said...

What beauty you have captured in your photos. The one with the chrch is absolutely stunning.

Jarek said...

Great post and beautiful photos

Adam said...

sounds like an impressive site

RedPat said...

More lovely pics, Lois!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Breathtaking mountain -- interesting history ... and a charming town (love those red flowers in the hanging baskets on every balcony). What a treat.

Bethany Carson said...

This looks like a really neat place to visit. Love the view of the mountain, and interesting to see the glacier. I also like your shot of the church.

Kate said...

That glacier looks pretty frightening in contrast to the rest of the photo. I remember sliding down a glacier in the Himalayas years ago. Your photos are so beautiful. . .lovely country and scenery.

Jeanne said...

looks like and amazing place and really enjoyed your photos. Will be your newest follower .