Today we got up a little earlier to avoid the thunderstorm in the afternoon. The weather forecast here was quite accurate so far. For 3 hours a path led us through a forest – upwards to Montenvers (1913m). Tomorrow morning we will meet Gianni – our guide – at the train station. We both are glad that we climbed the 1000m today already – tomorrow will be exhausting enough. We have a very nice ‘old style’ hotel for tonight. Very old looking rooms – all made up of dark wood. From our window we can see the steep and dark Grandes Jorasses wall – one of the most famous north walls in the Alps. It is hard to believe that this has already been climbed many times… The dinner here was also fantastic. After the three courses I do not want to move any longer…. We had a vegetable soup, Tartiflette (potatoes with lots of cheese), green salad and an apple pie. All was served with French red wine, water and baguette. This was the best thing I have eaten for a while. I think if I would live in France I would become fat The sunset tonight was not visible directly – but the red light of the sun was shining on the summits and the clouds around. This condition only holds for a few minutes – it is a very special moment
This was a day with great weather - but a long day! We passed the Lac d'Anterne which was still covered by lots of snow! After a long way down to a small river we had to go up again to the Col de Brevent. From there you have an amazing view down to Chamonix. Close to the col we met some ibexes for the first time on this trip. We continued a path down to Chamonix. Finally, after about 11 hours we reached the town. We looked for a hotel and had some pasta and pizza!
Chamonix is really worth a visit! We stayed there for two days to relax.