After my time in Utah, I definitely needed a break from photography. I was feeling distinctly uncreative and was functioning on autopilot. The Utah trip was definitely an amazing experience and it's an area to which I love returning. And on that, I’ll be back there in October…

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So, after two months downtime, Chamonix was my next destination. I have been wanting to visit this area for several years now. Partly for some photography and partly to spend time wandering around the mountains surrounding Chamonix.

The drive from Calais to Chamonix was fairly long and tedious, but the first few days in Chamonix allowed me to recover and get to know the town. As with most mountain resorts, the people here are incredibly friendly, and suffered my badly spoken French fairly easily.

What did surprise me is whilst I enjoyed staying in the town of Chamonix, I grew to love the neighbouring valley a lot more than the valley in which Chamonix sits. The villages of Vallorcine, Le Buet and Le Tour became my daily destinations, not exactly off the beaten track but a slight reduction in the number of tourists and some beautiful trails.

Definitely returning next year, Brexit permitting…

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