Chamonix is Cool
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
16Trip End Jul 14, 2010
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It was hot in Lyon, and interestingly enough the mall was not air conditioned
We arrived in Chamonix a little after 7pm, and it looked like we had just missed a rain shower. The mountains create their own weather. Even if it is sunny ten miles away, clouds could emerge over the mountains and the weather could change quickly. The cooler temperature was a refreshing change from hot Burgundy. We checked into a really nice hotel just a couple minute walk from the center of town, the Auberge du Manoir. It is a small family run hotel that was recently renovated. The husband, wife and golden Labrador retriever, Orgeat, made us feel welcome when we arrived. Sofia instantly made a friend in Orgeat for the duration of the visit, and soon after discovered that a blind cat also lives at the hotel. We had two adjoining rooms on the top floor of the hotel that were connected with an outer door, so we could leave the inner doors open and easily go between the two rooms
Chamonix is the largest town in a narrow valley tucked between the mountains. There are a number of other smaller villages and towns in the valley, all connected by a train line that runs between each town. Mont Blanc and the French Alps attract people from all over the world. Strolling through Chamonix in the evening you could hear many different languages spoken--French, German, Italian, Spanish, English (both the American and British variety), Polish, Dutch, Japanese. Mountain climbers and hikers could be seen walking through the town on their way back from the mountains for the day. It seemed like every other person carries walking sticks. You can identify the mountaineers and outdoorsmen by their sunburned and weathered faces from their time out in the high altitude rays and wind. Chamonix has a laidback, easygoing vibe.