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Chamonix | the little prince’s city of roses
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Chamonix | the little prince’s city of roses

Chamonix is the most famous town at the foot of Mont Blanc in France, the rose city in "The Little Prince", and the birthplace of world mountaineering. In 1786, Chamonix's doctor M.G. Pacal and the crystal quarry Balma made their first ascent of Mont Blanc. Since then, mountaineering enthusiasts from all over the world have flocked here, and it has become a place of pilgrimage for them. Riding on horseback in the mountains with fresh air, my mind and body were tightly wrapped by pure nature.

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Hike from Chamonix town to Flori Shepherd's Hut, the air in the mountains is so fresh, the valley is cool and pleasant in midsummer, the air is filled with the fragrance of pine trees and flowers, and there may be a clear stream in the middle of the forest. About 1,000 meters above sea level, the mountain turns around, and the eyes are suddenly open. A corner of the small town of Chamonix appears in front of you. There are row upon row of mountain wooden houses on the grass at the foot of the mountain, and when you look up, you can see the mountains covered with snow all year round. When they reached the terrace of the Flori Shepherd's Hut, they saw the hut with iron railings hidden in green vines. Everyone was deeply attracted by this place where flowers bloomed and overlooked the whole valley.

Mountaineering and skiing have always been traditional outdoor activities in Chamonix, but we wanted to do something new and ride a horse in the Alps. Found the home of the horse farm owner near the town of Chamonix. On the wooden corridor full of snowboards, a lady in riding boots and a plaid shirt was greeted. The hem of the plaid shirt was tucked into tight breeches, very sassy, ​​no one was there It can be seen that she is almost 60 years old. Beibei is her Chinese name. She was a Shanghainese who lived in the United States in her early years, but she liked Chamonix and stayed there. Her husband, Lao Bai, is French, but he is fluent in Beijing films. He used to live in China for many years as a French expert. Now Chamonix runs a ski school and teaches skiing in winter. The two are like a pair of fairy couples living in seclusion in the Alps.

There are more than a dozen horses in Beibei's horse farm. There are ordinary horses that can be ridden in the wild, top horses that can practice dressage, and pony horses that are ridden by children. They are only taller than seven or eight-year-old children. A little bit. The horse farm is named "Panda" as we know it, and there is even a statue of a clumsy Kung Fu Panda. Beibei is a professional rider who practices for an hour or two every day. However, those horses that are well-trained cannot be used for wild riding. We selected a few ordinary horses to go into the mountains.

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The instructor is a local French girl, who seems to be an outdoor expert with several stunts here. She is an equestrian instructor in the summer, a ski instructor in the winter, and loves the place and the way of life in nature all day long. She led us to ride along the mountain path beside the stream. Most of the time, it was just brisk and slow walks. When we arrived at the flat mountain pasture, we could let go of the reins and run for a while. The coach is very concerned about the horse's physical strength. There are tree-lined trails all over the mountains, and people riding mountain bikes and runners can be encountered from time to time. We must tighten the reins in time to avoid them.

As long as you look up on the horseback, you can see the towering mountains and shining glaciers, and even the crushed ice formed by the force of gravity on the front of the glaciers can be clearly seen. Sometimes passing by delicate villages, the silence of the village is broken by the sound of horses' hooves. The buildings here are all traditional wooden houses with two or three floors. The front and back of the house are full of flowers. Horses often like to get close and smell the flowers.

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Horses have specific travel routes, and some routes are not allowed by horses, so we can only go on foot. White Lake (Lacblanc) is a beautiful alpine lake hidden in the deep mountains. We will hike along the gravel road under our feet to the top of the mountain. Soon after departure, the wide gravel road gradually became narrower, the gravel gradually became larger and larger, and the road became more rugged. However, if you change the scenery, you can already appreciate the splendor of the Alps at this certain height: several snow peaks are arranged in a line in front of you, and many glaciers hang down from the groove between the two mountains like tassels, extending gracefully to the mountainside. The snow-capped peaks have been juxtaposed with our trekking route on the other side of the valley, faithfully creating a blurred background for hikers.

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Just as we were climbing hard under the scorching sun, a blue sheep gave us an unexpected surprise. It stood calmly on the cliff at the corner, and we almost collided with it. The long horns proudly curved slightly against the blue sky, and the bulging eyes stared at us uninvited guests. However, it seems to have long been used to the crowd of people passing by. After looking at each other for a while, it passed us and left leisurely, leaving us dumbfounded people standing there and slowly returning to their senses. The static plants are also the masters of the Alps like the smart life. As the altitude gradually increases, a large number of alpine flowers appear around them, most of which are purple and red, and are placed in the low bushes against the background of the distance. The snow-capped mountains are even more handsome.

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The road signs pointing all the way are very clear. After turning over a small slope mixed with ice and snow, Baihu suddenly appeared in front of us. The lake in front of you is like a crystal clear sapphire, inlaid on the ground, shining brightly under the sunlight, the overall artistic conception is peaceful and beautiful, full of poetry. On the other side of the lake, there is another scene: the beautiful and tall snow peaks are reflected in the lake water, creating a pure and peaceful atmosphere. Distant mountains, near lakes, and far and near levels are all reasonable and coordinated. Under the blue sky, the majestic and magnificent momentum of the distant mountains rushes directly towards it, and a cloud of mist lingers on the top of the mountain, with distinct layers and great visual impact. I asked for a cup of coffee at the restaurant by the lake and indulged in the scenery of the lake and mountains.

 

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