Souvenir de Chamonix

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The cliché September school essay, “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” will be no problem for me this year. Earlier this month, I fulfilled a dream of hiking in the Alps.

Our group of 17 headquartered in a nice hotel in Chamonix, France, the valley beneath Mont Blanc, and home of the first modern Winter Olympics in 1924. The slopes, which in winter are skimmed down by skiers, are grassy summer meadows in the lower elevations, crisscrossed by hiking trails. Assisted by chair lifts and ski gondolas, we were in Alpine splendor every day. One day, we hiked across the Swiss border, and a few of us took a gondola across the Italian border, too. We took a chilly, refreshing dip in a mountain lake on one hike; on another, we scrambled up a mountain snowfield next to a glacier, and after lunch in a hut on a little plateau, a few of us slid back down, giggling like children!

One of our fellow-travelers is putting together a DVD from our hundreds of photographs. He asked me for advice on music to accompany the pictures. I have some ideas, but I thought I’d share the pictures with you and ask you for thoughts. What musical works – classical or otherwise – come to your mind as you look at these beautiful mountain scenes?

The mountains near Chamonix.
The mountains near Chamonix.
One of our hikes.
One of our hikes.
Mountain Flora...
Mountain Flora...
...and Fauna.
...and Fauna.
The Aiguille du Midi is the sharp peak on the middle left, and Mont Blanc is the rounded white peak at center, and the village of Chamonix is below.
The Aiguille du Midi is the sharp peak on the middle left, and Mont Blanc is the rounded white peak at center, and the village of Chamonix is below.


From the Aiguille du Midi, a mountain peak above Chamonix, ice climbers walk out on a vast snowfield.
From the Aiguille du Midi, a mountain peak above Chamonix, ice climbers walk out on a vast snowfield.
Hiking up a snowfield.
Hiking up a snowfield.
My wife and I will never forget this amazing vacation.
My wife and I will never forget this amazing vacation.
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