Mount Blanc, Madrid and Mum

August 7, 2011 at 8:57 pm (Travel)

Mum and I set out with high expectations for the second part of our Europe adventure and we were certainly not left disappointed.  After a beautiful train ride through Germany (which I slept through), Switzerland and into France we arrived in the charming town of Chamonix nestled in between the alps with a wonderful view of the Glacier des Bossons.  We met our tour group and mum was very pleased not to be the oldest… of course no such luck for me as I was easily the youngest.

Over the next two weeks we walked around the Mount Blanc massif.  This included going up ALOT and then coming down again.  The views were simply stunning.  Literally breathtaking.  Not something you can really describe with words at all and in all honesty my photos do it very little justice.  We had both lovely walking days and wet horrible miserable walking days… but that is only to be expected.  Mum and I referred to this as ‘luxury’ camping as we had all our gear transported for us and only had to walk with a daypack.  Furthermore we had dinner cooked for us and our tents were already put up when we arrived at the campsite.

The highlight was when we went over the Glacier des Bossons in a cable car on one of our rest days.  The cable car ride from one side of the glacier to the other takes thirty minutes and is seriously breathtaking.  The panoramic viewing platforms were also spectacular and I definitely had one of those wonderful travel moments, which remind me why I am currently doing what I am doing.  Simply amazing.  Mum, Lin, Kit and I also spent some time sun baking on the glacier.  Now that’s something you don’t do everyday!



After finishing our tour we headed to Geneva for a couple of days to visit one of mum’s old high school friends David and his wife Yvonne.  While there, we visited Geneva and the French medieval town of Yvoird.  Geneva was actually much smaller than I thought it would be.  It’s beautifully situated on Lake Geneva but there is nothing going on on a Sunday!

Outside the Palacio Royal

From Geneva we flew to Madrid for the last part of our trip.  Here mum and I played the tourist and even stayed in a hotel!  We basically did all the touristy things and spent a lot of time just wandering the streets.  Of course we went to the three ‘must see’ art galleries: Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte reine Sofia and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.  Picasso’s Guernica was once again, another of those travel moments.  Actually all the galleries were amazing.  I saw Picasso flanked by two Dalis, Bosch, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt and Botticelli to name a few.  Crazy.  Of course, it wasn’t all art… we also had tapas, drank sangria and ate chocolate churros.  It was also lovely to walk around in a t-shirt and shorts without a cardy… real Australian summer weather!

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and we headed back to Darmstadt.  On Saturday I took mum to the Kletterwald (High ropes course in the Darmstadt forest)  OMG  I thought she was going to disown me.  I have never seen her quite at her limits before and I was extremely proud of her for getting through two blue courses.  She was probably the oldest person there!  We also went out for dinner a few times and walked around a lot.  Saying goodbye to her was particularly hard, but the bus driver let me go on the bus to the airport for free, which was nice.

 

So I am back in Darmstadt and slowly starting to piece my life back together.  Hockey is back on and we had our first practice game today winning 3 -2.  I have moved into my new flat and so far so good.  I’m living with three boys and it’s nice to come home to them playing playstation or watching football.  Just like at home.  😀  School starts tomorrow and I am pretty nervous, especially as there were some surprises with my timetable.  No worries… I am a big girl.


Lastly I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who made my summer holidays so wonderful.  I got to visit and see so many wonderful people and have some absolutely amazing experiences.  I truly am blessed.  In particular I would like to thank my mum.  We spent five weeks travelling through Europe together and we didn’t fight once!  I love you mum and the time travelling with you is something that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Tomorrow is back to reality… wish me luck.

xoxo

P.s  More photos?  Check out https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150328684475589.385814.509745588&l=856402fa47&type=1

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