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We spent about 3 days in Chamonix at the beginning of September. For anyone who doesn't know, Chamonix is near Mont Blanc, which stands about 4810m (or ~15,800 ft) and is the highest peak in the Alps. Think of the region as an alpine playground designed for mountaineers and hikers in the summer and skiers in the winter. There are tons of shops, hotels, and restaurants to part you, the tourist, from your money.
Though we were jet lagged and had promised to keep the first day easy, we had to take advantage of the crystal clear blue skies. We raced up to Aiguilles du Midi on the cable car, then wandered around the viewing platform taking in the brilliant views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding peaks. We wandered from the middle cable car station to the Mer de Glace, taking the Montenvers cog train back down to Chamonix.
The second day, we took a lift on the other side of the valley (Flegere and Index) to take a two-hour walk to Lac Blanc where we had stunning afternoon views, an omlette, and a pizza. The Europeans certainly know how to enjoy the mountains!
On our last morning in Chamonix, we headed up to the Bossons Glacier for a coffee and a view of the glacier not too far from the place we stayed - Ice and Orange. The glacier was depressing because they have photos that document it's regression over the past thirty years or so. If you need evidence of global climate disruption, then just come see this easily accessible spot in the Alps.
Ice and Orange was an awesome spot to stay. Because we had a car, it was easy to get into and out of town. The breakfast was continental - bread, jam, butter, meat, cheese - and solid, though not low-carb friendly. The owners were super friendly and helpful. I can't recommend the place enough. Here's a link to their TripAdvisor reviews.