France: Chamonix-Mont-Blanc & Paris

Favourite Experiences:

  • Watching paragliders take off from Planpraz at Mont Blanc
  • Cruising down the Seine with Batteaux Parisiens
  • Watching the Eiffel Tower light up at sunset

Before heading back to Paris, I took a day-trip to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, A ski resort area in the French Alps near the Italian border. In the wintertime, this area is a vibrant alpine skiing hub (featured in Bridget Jones’ Diary), and in the summer it’s an adventure seeker’s paradise. There is river rafting, paragliding, hiking, biking and more. Visitors can take a trip up the mountains in the year-round cable cars to see panoramic views of the glacier and mountains. The town of Chamonix has great restaurants and shops, as well as a tourist office to help organize any activity you’d like to do. Below are some of my favourite photos from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc:

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View of Chamonix from Planpraz

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The Italian Alps

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The Town of Chamonix from the River

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Views of Brevent from the town of Chamonix

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View of the Mer de Glace Glacier seen from the town of Chamonix

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Beautiful Chamonix

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Alpine views from the top of the gondola at Planpraz

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Hiking trails at Planpraz

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Paraglider’s taking off from the jump off at Planpraz

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Chamonix is tucked into a valley surrounded by the Alps

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Summer flowers along the river in Chamonix

The last stop on my trip to France this summer was Paris. This was my fourth time visiting Paris, so I had seen almost all of the major tourist attractions on previous trips. This time around, I explored some off-the-beaten-track areas of Paris like Le Marais and St Germain, and I took in the city from the water on a cruise of the Seine with Bateaux Parisiens. One touristy thing that I still always like to do when visiting Paris is to take in the Eiffel tower at sunset and watch the light-show that takes place in the first five minutes of each hour after dark. This time, I watched from a small park on the west-side of the tower, and the views were great! Below are my favourite photos from my stop in Paris:

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One of many corner bistros in Saint Germain de Près

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Eglise Saint-Sulpice in Saint Germain de Près

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Notre Dame

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Sunset on the Seine

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The Eiffel Tower at dusk – always a must see!

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Beautiful typical architecture in Saint Germain de Près

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Institut de France

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Pont Royal and the Seine

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Views of the Louvre from the Musée D’Orsay

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Notre Dame from the Seine

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Ile de la Cité from the Seine

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Pont Alexandre III from the Seine

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Il de la Cité

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Cruise boats from Le Marais

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Saint Germain de Près, still my favourite area of Paris!

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