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A Guide to Chamonix, France
Chamonix is a town located in the eastern part of France in the Haute-Savoie department. A spotlight was first cast on this little town during the 1924 when they hosted the Winter Olympics and showed the world just how good this hidden gem was for winter sports.

If you still don't know Chamonix, maybe another name would ring a bell; Mont Blanc. Yes the town of Chamonix sits right at the foot of Mont Blanc, and without a doubt, Mont Blanc has become the main draw over the years. With Chamonix being famous for its winter sports, its safe to say most of the town is centered on being a key sports hub, in its own quintessential way. If you came for adventure, Chamonix will be your new best friend.

If you visit Chamonix during the winter, you've hit the jackpot. From beginners to the experts, take your pick from snow boarding to skiing on Mont Blanc and her sister mountains, go on a snowshoeing track or a glacier decent. Everything and every sport you try out, you can be assured, would feel like a world class experience. Even if you don't ski, I strongly suggest you take a cable car lift up to peaks like L'Aiguille du Midi, Les Grands Montets and Le col de Balme which offer panoramic views of clouds and mountains and beauty like you've never seen.

If you happen to stop by during the spring or summer, fret not, Chamonix is an all year round fantastic place to visit. Go hiking, mountain biking or paragliding if you dare, and enjoy yourself to the extreme; after all when people come to Chamonix, rarely do they ever come for a tranquil peaceful and quiet stay.

A lovely alpine town with a small population of about 100,000 people, Chamonix is like little paradise nestled between the valleys. Take time to walk around and explore Chamonix and you'll realize what wonderful architecture and history this town is filled with. Visit the alpine museum and exhibition center if you'd like to know more about the history of this valley.

Visit the statue of Horace Benedict de Saussure (initiator of the first ascent of Mont Blanc), proudly displayed in the towns center and when you've worked up an appetite at the end of the day, Chamonix's gastronomy will definitely not disappoint. From local specialties to fine dining and fusion food, you'll find something to suit your taste in an ambiance that speaks for itself.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Chamonix accommodation and Villa bookings.
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