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Mont Blanc, and YES! There is beer in France!

June 6, 2010

Early Saturday morning we took a bus to Chamonix. Hands down, this place has the most beautiful mountains I have ever seen. Much different from Colorado mountains jagged and fierce instead of rounded and modest. We decided to take a train up the mountain. I promise, I will post pictures soon. The tracks led us up up up up to 1913 meters in elevation! After a photo shoot, Jenn and I got a beer and just sat trying to comprehend the view in front of us. Another girl, Yumi, was with us and wondered, “Why do people like mountains?” Such an odd thing for us Coloradans to hear! Then, we saw an avalanche! A loud boom preceded the falling snow, but what a breathtaking sight. Leaving the mountain there was a group of school children on the train. This was confusing at first, and then we remembered they have school for 1/2 days on Wednesday and Saturday. The rest of the afternoon was relaxing, just sat outside and enjoyed another beer. The trip was topped off with my first… and possibly last… visit to MacDonald’s outside of the US! MacFlurries are so good anywhere though. Dinner was bittersweet Daniele will be gone for a week to visit her new grandson in Paris. We had champagne to celebrate his arrival, my arrival, and Guillaume’s fantastic score on an exam (The scale was 1-20, most score 3 or 4- he got a 15!!!). Daniele made a meal inspired by Provence. The veggies were all cooked in the same pot carrots, potatoes, broccoli, and something I didn’t recognize. Then we had salt cured cod. This was ok, but a little too salty for my taste. As you all know, I prefer pepper! Ha. After this we had smelly cheese! My nose is so stuffed up now the smell didn’t bother me at all, and it tasted great. Dessert was a simple serving of wine soaked strawberries and the white cake from earlier in the week. After dinner, Guillaume took me to his favorite bar in Annecy- Cafe des Arts. We sat outside and spoke of the differences in French and American culture. I tried to explain “that’s what she said,” but failed. How do you do this with very limited vocabulary? And all in all, it doesn’t sound very funny if you haven’t seen Michael Scott say it… So it was reduced to the stupidity of the “your mom” joke. When I hadn’t heard of the French equivalent of the Oscars Guillaume remarked, “Me gan, you are very strange!” Then, he told me, that there is plenty of beer in France, and in fact, he prefers it! It was a long, but very excellent day!

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