Sunday, 26 February 2017

Sarah Travels | Chamonix

In January I was lucky enough to book a last minute trip away with two friends to the Winter Wonderland Chamonix in the French Alps.
I had never heard of it before but one of my friends mentioned it to me because she wanted to go and when I looked into it I knew straight away that I had to get there ASAP. 

We went for 3 nights and didn't ski or snowboard so because we went purely for the sightseeing, this was plenty of time. I think if we had been skiing then we would have needed a few more days. We stayed in the cutest little apartment (we all actually started jumping up and down with happiness when we walked into it haha) and it had the most amazing view from the balcony over the town.

I felt like the luckiest girl in the world waking up every morning and looking out the window to that view. You know one of those "I can't believe this is real?!" moments? That was definitely one of those!
The time we were there for was just magical. The place itself is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. We were lucky because when we went, thick snow was covering every inch of it which just made it even more beautiful. I think it would be beautiful all year round, but the snow definitely made it all that more special. 
We spent all our time there taking in the amazing scenery, laughing our wooly hats off, drinking the most delicious hot chocolate and eating crepes, waffles and all the gorgeous french food during the day and of a night we danced our legs off in the local clubs. My favourites were Le Bar du Moulin and Le Priviledge, and of course, we drank A LOT of wine! I definitly liked the fact I could go out in the nighttime in my jeans, a jumper, coat and hat, flat boots, hardly any makeup and no hair extensions and no one would bat an eyelid because everyone was the same. Imagine doing that in Liverpool?! 
Chamonix is quite an expensive place so we made the most of the local supermarket rather than eating out constantly because it was so last minute that none of us really had time to save any spending money. If you plan on doing some shopping there I definitely recommend taking a fair amount of Euro's with you.

On the second day we were there we decided to take a trip up the Aiguille Du Midi. We took a cable car up to the top, which is the longest and highest cable car in Europe. The cable car took us up Mont Blanc and it took us 3842m up to the highest accessible point you can reach on the mountain without climbing. The summit of Mont Blanc is 4810m so we were very close to the top. We paid $60 to go up and we were supposed to be going into the glass box up there called The Step into the Void, but unfortunatly this was closed due to the weather as it was so cold and frozen! To say I was gutted was an understatement as I was looking forward to doing that so much and had really been psyching myself up for it but at least now I have an excuse to go back haha. 
The views from the top were like nothing I had ever seen before. They just left me absolutely speechless and it just wouldn't sink in what I was actually seeing. The beauty of the mountains just took my breath away (the altitude probably never helped haha) and I actually got quite emotional up there. After taking in the views, we had a nice hot chocolate in the cafe looking over the mountains and Chamonix town below, and we treated ourselves to some souvenirs to remember our day by and then headed back down. I can honestly say that it was one of the most amazing things I have ever done and it is something I will never forget.

I mean, I still get blown away looking back at the photos. There's just no words to describe exactly how amazing it was. The photos honestly don't do it justice.
It was such a chilled and laid back holiday and I just felt the happiest and the most calm I've felt in the longest time when I was there. From the second I left on the plane to the second I boarded to come home, I just loved every second. It was definitely one of the best few days of my life and one of the best holidays I have ever had. I am definitely going to go back again and going to ski or snowboard this time. I will definitely need some lessons though because if I don't practice first I will end up looking like bambi rather than a graceful ski queen haha. I highly recommend everyone to visit Chamonix at some point and hopefully you will all fall in love with the magical winter wonderland just like I did!