Travel ups and ups

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ― Gustave Flaubert

“To travel is to live.” ― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ― Marcel Proust

“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own.” ― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

A lot has been written and said about what travel does for people. Here I share two videos of my trip up to the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, France. While in France for a family wedding, my husband and I took a side trip to the Alps. For a while, I have had this wish to go back to the Mont Blanc and take the telepherique to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, the top of Europe. I had gone as a child and had very specific memories. It has been 40 years and I wanted to revisit.

Beside wanting to test my childhood memories, I wanted to challenge my fear of heights. Vertigo seems to be more prevalent in recent years. I was absolutely terrified and paralyzed going up and down the Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro a few years back.

The first video depicts my impressions upon arrival of the telepherique at the Aiguille du Midi station. The second video was taken after I tied to walk up to the very top!

Going down was not a problem, again the ride felt really secured, and stable, except when everybody screamed at once as the car dropped about fifteen feet to take up the slack in the cable, and then bounced momentarily. If anything, going down overlooking trees changing to their fall colors felt very much like scuba-diving in a rift overlooking coral reefs. This is where my imagination took me.


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