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The Aiguille du Midi (literally "the Needle of the South") is one of the sights of Chamonix, a mountain whose summit is as sharp as the name suggests. To admire the view from the top, there is no need to climb the perilous face of the mountain: you can ascend the heights in comfort, in the Aiguille du Midi cable car.
During this ascent, which takes you to an altitude of over 3,800m, you will be amazed by the beauty of the Alps. From your eagle's nest, you can admire the snowy peaks and the largest glaciers in Europe.
You may also spot some intrepid climbers who climb this mountain as training for the ascent of Mont Blanc. From the panoramic terrace, take a deep breath of clean mountain air and drink in the stunning view.
All aboard the Montervers train which departs from the pretty village of Chamonix! This cog railway provides access to the Mer de Glace - the largest glacier in France - in less than 20 minutes.
Passengers will see the most beautiful mountain scenery unfold before their eyes during the train ride.
Then, they can enjoy a gourmet break at the Hotel du Montenvers, located in the midst of beautiful natural surroundings.
Be sure to view the fine collection of crystals from Mont Blanc on show et the crystal gallery.
Sightseers can take the Brévent cable car from Chamonix that will transport them 2,525m above sea level unveiling Mont Blanc's southern slopes. The cable car is an easy way to take advantage of the breathtaking views.
Some lovely sights like Lake Cornu await trippers, and thrill seekers can make their way to the Grand Balcon Sud, which is a launching point for paragliding. Fans of climbing will be pleased with the proximity of the Plaques du Brévent, located only a five minute walk from the cable car.
And for those who just want to relax and enjoy the scenery, the restaurants propose local cuisine and panoramic views.
On 8 August 1876, for the very first time, men climbed to the peak of Mont Blanc. With this exploit, the sport of mountaineering was born.The highest peak in France, Mont Blanc stands 4810m tall and extends into France, Italy and Switzerland.
In 1924, the whole world was watching Mont Blanc where the first Winter Olympic Games were hosted, in Chamonix.
The Aiguille du Midi cable car was opened to the public in 1955, and in 1960, General De Gaulle opened the Mont Blanc tunnel. This 11,600m long tunnel linked the Valley of Chamonix with the Valley of Aoste.
A vast playground for mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders and parachutists, Mont Blanc still inspires many a dream.
Photographer Teresa Kaufman takes you to discover the Chamonix Valley and helps you immortalise the landscapes, whether you have an SLR or a simple smartphone.
You can discover scenes of everyday life, hamlets and villages perched on the mountain.
The routes off the beaten track are accessible to all provided you have good walking shoes.
Teresa Kaufman is known for her work on mountain life and traditions, as well as her passion for cats.