Before visiting Chamonix earlier this year, I had never heard of this town! Chamonix is a resort town at the base of Mont Blanc (the highest summit in the Alps) and is mainly known for it’s alpine skiing. We went to Chamonix in the summer time with the intention to do some hiking and exploring which is certainly what we did!
We travelled to Chamonix via train from Paris so we were able to enjoy the scenery the whole way there. Upon arriving in Chamonix I was instantly in love with how quaint and picturesque the town was! The scenery was amazing, so much greenery, so many flowers, the cutest little chalet’s and not to mention the glaciers surrounding the town.
We stayed in two different hotels whilst in Chamonix, the first night we stayed at the Mercure Chamonix Centre Hotel in one of their suites. The room was lovely and we had a balcony which opened up to overlook the gardens and the amazing Mont Blanc. We arrived in the evening of our first night, so we didn’t have much time to explore, however we did have a walk into the town centre to get dinner and take in some of the scenery. I also managed to discover my favourite sweet shop ever! (typical of me being the sweet tooth that I am!) The shop is called L’Univers du Bonbon and it is packed with pick and mix sweets and chocolates. Needless to say, I went in there more than once!
Our second day was going to be a big day for us as we were going hiking in the alps so we were determined to make the most of our buffet breakfast. The breakfast at the Mercure was delicious, they had a wide selection of food, as well as a chef to prepare fresh crepes or any omelette of your choice. Unfortunately for us, on the second day we woke up to rain, which wasn’t ideal for our hike, however, we weren’t going to let that get in our way as this was our only full day in Chamonix, so it was our only chance to do some hiking in the alps.
After filling up on breakfast, we packed our bags and checked in to the hotel we were staying at for our second night which was a lovely hotel called Pointe Isabelle. The staff at this hotel were very friendly and for the price, we would have definitely have been happy to stay here both nights and would recommend it to anyone visiting Chamonix. Our room had a great view of the town centre, the beautiful gardens and of course the surrounding alps. While we were there, I also read up on the history of the hotel which was quite interesting as the hotel was named after the owners grandmother who was one of the first female mountaineering pioneers.
After we had checked into our hotel we started our hike up Aguille du Midi, the views were slightly restricted because of the rain but we still had fun regardless. It was amazing to be above the clouds and away from all of the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. We were hiking for about 7 hours in the end, we had such a good time and even met some mountain goats along the way. Hiking in the alps is definitely not something I would have ever imagined myself doing however my boyfriend talked me into it and I’m so thankful that he did!
By the time we had finished our hike, we were cold, wet and pretty tired so we went straight back to our hotel to shower and get ready for some well deserved dinner. We had dinner in a little restaurant in the town centre called “Le Carlina” and we decided that we would try some of the local cuisine, so we ordered garlic escargot and French onion soup for our entrée and went for the Crème Brulee for dessert!
We were lucky enough to have been there while there was a festival on, which was a complete fluke but we weren’t complaining! We didn’t have much time to partake in any of the festival activities but we did get to enjoy the fireworks on our last night which was a perfect way to end our stay in Chamonix.
On our last morning, we filled up on the buffet breakfast at Point Isabelle and headed out for a walk around the town centre to do a little bit of souvenir shopping and of course, we had to go to L’Univers du Bonbon one last time!
I’m so thankful that my boyfriend suggested going here as it is not somewhere I would have picked myself, but I loved every minute of it! We both really enjoyed our stay in Chamonix-Mont Blanc and will definitely be looking at visiting some similar towns in the near future. If you have any suggestions for similar places to visit, please feel free to leave them in the comments!