The French Alps

French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey

Most winters all I can think about is escaping to a sunny spot in the world and feeling the warm sun on my back. Images of a beach side villa opening up onto a white sands and clear waters are what dreams are made of. So venturing further into a snowy winterland is most often not on my radar. However, after visiting the Alps during the winter my mind has most definitely changed.

French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey

Though I was in love with the Alps during the summer, I must say that winter is even more breathtaking (if that’s even possible!) We made our way to Chamonix, a beautiful little city in the French Alps and spent our time eating fondue and baguettes, enjoying the view of the mountains from a warm cafe. Even if you’re not a huge winter sports fan (I can’t remember the last time I strapped on some ski’s), it’s just as lovely soaking in the cozy atmosphere of the little alpine villages.

French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey

Though Chamonix had no snow, we took the Aiguille du Midi cable car all the way to the top of the mountain where we were able to see the Alps in all their snowy glory. It is an amazing feeling being up so high in the world and amongst these majestic beasts. You quite literally feel as though you’re on top of the world which is a feeling I highly recommend! The sun is incredibly intense all the way up in the sky and could possibly be sunnier than sitting on a beach! However, far colder! I must say being so high and being able to look out onto such an extreme landscape really humbles you and reminds you that there is much more to the world that exists in your view.

French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey

Anyway, enough with the words- I’ll let the images speak for themselves!

French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey
French Alps | Fig + Honey

European Road Trip: Day 3 Alpine Passes

Alpine Pass_1

Alpine Pass_2

Early the next morning, we left Innsbruck behind and set off for a long day of driving.  Originally, the drive was to take 4, maybe 5 hours.  As often the case with road trips, this one took far far longer.  12 hours to be exact.  This trip was not for the faint of heart.  Nor the car sick individual.

Alpine Pass_3

Alpine Pass_4

Though it was the longest leg of our trip, it was by far the most breathtaking.  The minute we started driving into the mountains I was in awe of the snowcapped peaks and vast green valleys.  As per usual, we stopped often to breathe in the fresh mountain air and attempt to capture even a fraction of the beauty around us.

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