July 19, 2017

Picture post-card pretty Chamonix

We visited a very close and dear friend in Switzerland - a trip postponed for many years - and they drove us to Chamonix-Mont Blanc for the weekend. Chamonix is a resort area in France, near the junction of France, Italy and Switzerland. You drive up into the mountains and become part of a picturesque painting. It is a skiing destination. Cable cars take tourists to various peaks with beautiful views. On a clear day, you can see Mont Blanc from Chamonix. The air is fresh and there are wild flowers everywhere. And cherries, blueberries and raspberries too, that you can pluck off and eat!

Beautiful landscapes...
...wild flowers everywhere 
Chamonix is perfectly pretty!
View of the glacier from the village, near the farmers market. 

If you look closely, you see people taking rock-climbing lessons. 
This farmer was selling a huge variety of olives at a market. When I asked if I could take a photo, he thought we wanted a photo with him, and said, "Come, come"...and then as I took the photo,
he said, "This is my harem!" Ouch!...but it resulted in bright smiles :)
Arre, 'All is well' bolo na, hojata! Itte board-an kaiku?
Just kidding...I found this cute!
There has to be a Restaurant Indian everywhere! 
Chamonix has lovely woods to walk in, and they have a lot of beautiful birch trees.
It is a great place to just be.
The weather was unpredictable and clouds and rain were a constant. Walking around with rain coats on Day 1, we met a woman on the bus and got talking. She spoke English and wanted to know where in India we were from. My friend said, "Karnataka". She immediately asked, "Bangalore?" She obviously knew India. Then we spoke about the weather, and just before we got off, she said with an air of certainty, "Tomorrow there will be no rain. It will be clear".

The next morning looked gloomy, and we joked about meeting 'god ' on the bus, referring to the woman who had made the prediction about the weather. It looked like her prediction was not coming true. However, as the day progressed, the rain stopped, and although it was not sunny, it was dry and comfortable, and we had a great walk in the woods, sans rain coats! 'God' was right, after all!


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