Nous ne voygeons pas pour echapper a la vie mais pour que le vie ne nous echappe pas

We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us

The heart of any city offers glimpses of life that carry the quintessential watermark of the local flavours unique to the place. Chamonix enjoys a humid continental climate. Here the summers are mild and winters are cold and snowy. The weather thus agrees well with the visitors with varied interests, thus not allowing the city centre any spell of lull throughout 365 days.

Let’s start our stroll today through the pedestrian-only, ‘jaw-dropping‘ city centre of Chamonix- Mont-Blanc. 

Chamonix Village Center

Just a few meters away from the Gare de Chamonix Mont-Blanc is a notable city centre.

Alpine houses and mighty mountains

The bustle of the tourists and locals fills the air with life while the majestic mountains loom over existence with their mighty presence. Everyday life is punctuated by the drama played in the open skies by the low-lying clouds playing hide and seek with the snow-capped mountains.

While the upscale boutiques, gourmet restaurants, busy brasseries, and friendly casual cafes buzz with the activities, the old buildings with characteristic Alpine architecture provide a patient ear to all the humdrum.

The busy and buzzing city centre

The mural at Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix (Guides of Chamonix) attracts the attention of the jaywalker as it stands tall with pride. At the top of the mural is Marie Paradis, a waitress and the first woman to reach the summit of Mont Blanc (1808). The mural has a who’s who from the annals of the history of Mont Blanc mountaineering.

Mural of Mountaineers

To add to the vibrant mood are the ever happy, ever attractive flowers, planted in pots along the street, on the balconies, and adorning the windows.

A lovely Baroque-style church on one side of the city centre attracts visitors with its pious calm.

Baroque Church

The buildings of La Post (the post office), Hotel de Ville (Town Hall), and Office de Tourisme Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (Tourism Office) mark their presence with their impressive facades.

Hotel de Ville (Town Hall)

Right opposite the La Post building is the open area where a pretty red and white tourist bus awaits to welcome on board the visitors for a short ride around the city. The audio guide offers commentary in different languages including English.

My little shenanigans 🙂

Little away from La Post, a prominently placed statue of Horace Bénédict du Saussure is difficult to miss. Horace was a scientist and alpine explorer from Geneva. When he visited Chamonix, the majestic magnanimity of Mont Blanc possessed him. He offered a reward to the first person who successfully climbed it. And that led to the first-ever successful climb of the Mont Blanc!

Statue of Horace Benedict

A little closer to it is the statue of an unusual pair, one a doctor and the other a farmer cum crystal and chamois hunter, pointing to the Mont Blanc. They are none other than Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard who scaled the Mont Blanc successfully in 1786, for the first time in history! #

That’s me with world-famous mountaineers

An interesting mural at the back of the Cinema Voix (a cinema theatre) is entertaining as well!

Mural at the back of Cinema Voix

The city also harbours a noble and kind heart. During the Second World War, several Jewish children were safely hidden from the prying eyes of the Nazis in its ‘Children’s Home’ operated in Chamonix*.

Let’s call it a day and meet tomorrow for a thrilling day in this jaw-dropping city of Chamonix Mont-Blanc.

# For more information about the first successful climb of Mont Blanc, click here

* For more details about Children’s Home, click here.

This post is part of #BlogchatterA2Z challenge2022

Click here for posts so far in the “Exploring l’Hexagone” series


A Rustic Mind · April 11, 2022 at 9:19 pm

Scaling a mountain in 1786 must have been quite a feat. I wonder how they managed in an era when there were no fancy mountaineering and protection gear. Those murals look so pretty and the flowers have my heart as always.

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    This was exactly my thought when I first learnt about it Manali. Thanks for visiting and reading the post.

Yamini Ali MacLean · April 11, 2022 at 11:41 pm

Hari OM
Ah, found you – (your Blogger profile leads to disused blog!)

What a lovely place, the French Alps; fab photos bringing it to life! YAM xx

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Oops, sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for all the efforts to reach my blog Yamini. Indebted.
    Thanks for the compliment. But I feel the compliment goes to the panoramic views of Mont Blanc and the valley!

Matheikal · April 12, 2022 at 12:19 am

Amazing pics with sparkling narrative.

As Yamini said, it was hard to reach you since this blog is not linked to your blogger profile.

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    For the amazing pics, the credit goes to the natural beauty of Chamonix Mont Blanc. Thanks for the visit and the kind words.
    Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for reaching out to my blog in spite of the difficulties. Indebted.

Archana · April 12, 2022 at 3:48 pm

Amazing murals!! Its wonderful that you could explore France and we are lucky to see it through your eyes!

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Thats so sweet of you Archana. Thanks for visiting.

Tarang · April 12, 2022 at 5:19 pm

Such a lovely place! Must be a joyful experience. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    Agree with you Tarang. Thanks for visiting. However, I am missing your posts.

Sonia Dogra · April 13, 2022 at 6:57 pm

It’s actually jaw-dropping!

    Anagha Yatin · April 13, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Yes! Thanks for echoing my thought Sonia. Thanks for visiting

Aesha Shah · April 14, 2022 at 11:00 am

The murals are fantastic, Chamonix Mont Blanc is my favourite upto now, looking forward to discovering many more beauties of France through your posts.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    I am glad you liked the posts so far Aesha. Your kind words have motivated me to continue! Thanks a lot.

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