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the view from our friends' house in Matringes...
the view from our friends' house in Matringes...
lovely, day and night!
lovely, day and night!
in the old market area of Taninges, a nearby town
in the old market area of Taninges, a nearby town
the historic bridge in Taninges
the historic bridge in Taninges
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240654.8X0M9Ign.jpg t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240653.9rUzqRCP.jpg this majestic alpine area makes us feel small
this majestic alpine area makes us feel small
in SamoŽns, in a valley further into the mountains
in SamoŽns, in a valley further into the mountains
we enter the Jaˇsinia botanical gardens there...
we enter the Jaˇsinia botanical gardens there...
...built on a steep hill above town
...built on a steep hill above town
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240660.KVdzGLga.jpg the garden specializes in alpine flora from around the world, but includes other species also
the garden specializes in alpine flora from around the world, but includes other species also
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now we head up the Fer ŗ Cheval glacier valley....
now we head up the Fer ŗ Cheval glacier valley....
...and then back in SamoŽns to meet some locals
...and then back in SamoŽns to meet some locals
another day, at the abbaye d'Aulps, a 30km drive into the Chablais region
another day, at the abbaye d'Aulps, a 30km drive into the Chablais region
it was a Cistercian monastery; the church was completed in the 12th-c.
it was a Cistercian monastery; the church was completed in the 12th-c.
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240671.fnVfRGu4.jpg the monastery was abolished in the 18th-c....
the monastery was abolished in the 18th-c....
...then the building quarried for stone for another church in 1823
...then the building quarried for stone for another church in 1823
a view over the valley from the abbey grounds
a view over the valley from the abbey grounds
the monument operators have restarted the abbey farm, keeping bees...
the monument operators have restarted the abbey farm, keeping bees...
...and two gardens growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers of the era
...and two gardens growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers of the era
now we head up the Abondance valley...
now we head up the Abondance valley...
...to the tiny hamlet of Ubine, about 8km from Switzerland
...to the tiny hamlet of Ubine, about 8km from Switzerland
well, the reblochon has to come from somewhere!
well, the reblochon has to come from somewhere!
inside the tiny old chapel
inside the tiny old chapel
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240727.RCakrU86.jpg heading down the narrow road again...
heading down the narrow road again...
...to the church and abbey of Abondance
...to the church and abbey of Abondance
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240732.Jhe3DYPW.jpg the walls of the cloister were frescoed ca. 1430
the walls of the cloister were frescoed ca. 1430
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some of the twenty original paintings are fairly intact...
some of the twenty original paintings are fairly intact...
...others less so or missing
...others less so or missing
in a monk's cell
in a monk's cell
a last look before heading back to the house
a last look before heading back to the house
cooking at home was a real treat; here, mussels!
cooking at home was a real treat; here, mussels!
now we are heading to Chamonix, in the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif
now we are heading to Chamonix, in the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif
Jay is heading up the telecabin for the Aiguille du Midi station
Jay is heading up the telecabin for the Aiguille du Midi station
one of the massive glaciers, viewed from the cabin...
one of the massive glaciers, viewed from the cabin...
...and the view down to Chamonix
...and the view down to Chamonix
someone else contemplating the view
someone else contemplating the view
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in the distance: the Matterhorn
in the distance: the Matterhorn
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240756.qc8oV3Jt.jpg this group is very hesitant to step on the ice outside...
this group is very hesitant to step on the ice outside...
...for good reason
...for good reason
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240813.Ezy1xCuc.jpg hikers are visible at the lower right...
hikers are visible at the lower right...
...and waaaay down below
...and waaaay down below
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back in our area, here's the historic bridge in Mieussy
back in our area, here's the historic bridge in Mieussy
paragliding off the cliffs above Menthon-Saint-Bernard
paragliding off the cliffs above Menthon-Saint-Bernard
a small chapel above the old town of Sallanches
a small chapel above the old town of Sallanches
a river channel in MegŤve
a river channel in MegŤve
the luxe life, at toy scale
the luxe life, at toy scale
a view from Calvary Hill in MegŤve
a view from Calvary Hill in MegŤve
well, he seemed to like this!
well, he seemed to like this!
the historic spa town of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
the historic spa town of Saint-Gervais-les-Bains
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240832.kJSWDv32.jpg sometimes hunting for monuments can be tough work!
sometimes hunting for monuments can be tough work!
lots of historic chapels on this route
lots of historic chapels on this route
the view from Les Chattrix
the view from Les Chattrix
back in Matringes, we walk up the road from Les Geais...
back in Matringes, we walk up the road from Les Geais...
t4%2f66%2f607666%2f4%2f138240843.zVzd3jya.jpg ...to reach the tiny chapelle St. Grat above the village
...to reach the tiny chapelle St. Grat above the village
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a view over the Giffre river valley...
a view over the Giffre river valley...
...and down to the house where we're staying
...and down to the house where we're staying
the view toward the Mont Blanc massif
the view toward the Mont Blanc massif
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a last walk down to the house before we say goodbye...
a last walk down to the house before we say goodbye...
pano: abbey of St. Jean d'Aulps
pano: abbey of St. Jean d'Aulps
pano: Chamonix from the Mont Blanc telecabin
pano: Chamonix from the Mont Blanc telecabin
pano: Mont Blanc area #1
pano: Mont Blanc area #1
pano: Mont Blanc area #2
pano: Mont Blanc area #2
pano: Mont Blanc area #3
pano: Mont Blanc area #3
pano: chapelle St. Grat
pano: chapelle St. Grat
National Monuments in the Haute-Savoie
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