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Julia Maxwell

Hotel Bouton d’Or Welcomes You Along the TMB

There are many elements of a hotel that make it a good one, and there are certainly plenty of good ones to be found in the Alps.  It might be the gourmet restaurant, the superb wine selection, the panoramic view… Whatever it is, combine a few of these elements in the same place and you’ve likely got yourself a great...

Running with Julia high above Champex, Switzerland: the Cabane d’Orny & Cabane du Trient

After a few weeks based in Murren, Switzerland, where I explored the Bernese Oberland region, I headed back to Chamonix, France.  The Chamonix Valley has no shortage of incredible hiking trails.  After all, it’s home to the legendary TMB (Tour du Mont Blanc) route, which covers roughly 110 miles as it passes through Switzerland, Italy, and France.  While the spirit of the TMB...

Running with Julia: the best burger (veggie too) joint in Chamonix — Moo

The best part of hiking Chamonix’s legendary vertical kilometer to the top of Planpraz is the stunning view of Mount Blanc from the top.  The second best part is building up an appetite big enough to fully enjoy the delicious spread of burgers, fries, drinks and sides offered at Moo - Chamonix’s best burger joint. [caption id="attachment_12755" align="aligncenter" width="770"] With...

Running with Julia: Aiguille du Midi

The Aiguille du Midi is Chamonix's most popular tourist attaction - a fantastic cable car right up to the world of ice and snow near the summit of Mont Blanc.  At the top, you have viewing platforms, restaurants, the thrilling "step into the void", and even a gondola over the glacier to Point Helbronner on the Italian side.  It's worth...

Running with Julia: lunch at Chalet la Floria

Chalet Floria is a charming old stone building brimming with flowers that is nestled into the hillside near Chamonix’s famous Petit Balcon Sud.  It’s open mid-morning to late-afternoon from June to November and offers a small menu of light lunch options, deserts, coffees, juices, beer and wine.  With sweeping views of Mont Blanc, the Mer de Glace and the Chamonix...

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