Savoy

Savoy was an independant territory from the 11th to the 19th century. To defend itself againts France, this mountainous region built a number of forts along the border. In 1860 a plebiscite was organized and the people of Savoie chose to join France, along with the County of Nice.

This area contains some of the most exciting landscapes of the Alps in the Mont Blanc, Chamonix and Saint Gervais areas. We visited it in Summer 2011, but were not very lucky as July in that year was quite rainy. Still, we had some days of good weather and brought back a fair number of pictures.

Bionnassay

 Bionnassay

Bionnassay is a village accessed from a road on the side of the Contamines valley near Saint Gervais. It is the start of several hiking paths, including one that goes to the bottom of the Bionnassay...

Chamonix valley

 Chamonix valley

Chamonix is one of the largest communes of France, comprising no less than 16 villages and hamlet. The town is located in the center of a wide valley oriented North East/ South West on the Arve...

Contamines Valley

 Contamines Valley

The Contamines valley goes South from Saint Gervais. It ends near a small church at Notre Dame de la Gorge. In this area, the TMB "Tour du Mont Blanc" path starts and goes to the Balme refuge...

Mont Blanc

 Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc massif is a mountain range that extends in Switzerland and Italy. The highest summit in Europe is visible from far and can be photographed from many different viewpoints... provided...