An early rise and we were on the road to Chamonix from Annecy by 8am. We had been looking forward to seeing Mont Blanc, catching the cable car and finally the lift, to the summit. The day was perfect to view the Alps as there was not a cloud to be seen.
Before long we had turned off the motorway and were heading up the valley to Chamonix. Nearby were the Italian and Swiss borders. This was a spectacular journey with snow covered mountains on either side of the road.
As we started to climb towards Chamonix ( 1000 metres above sea level ) we passed waterfalls tumbling off the mountain cliffs, crossed a huge and very high viaduct and drove through two long tunnels before arriving at the large Chamonix car park situated just as you come into the town on the right ( watch out for the big Aiguille du Midi sign). We were surprised by the lack of cars parked here ( in May), but gladdened by the possibility we might not have to queue for long at the Cable Car.
After a short walk we soon had our 50 euros each tickets for the L'Aiguill du Midi cable car.
We were quickly in the second cable car heading for the second pylon at three thousand metres. This leg was nearly vertical and a lot of ooh aahs could be heard !
This pylon is situated on a rock pinnacle with a three story building built around the rock. There is a viewing platform on top, restaurant, shop, and cafeteria with glassed walls providing stunning views. This is all accessed by a steel staircase on the outside of the building. Not for someone with a fear of heights!