My August visit found this bustling retreat high in the French
Alps sweltering in 90 degree (30 Celsius) temperatures. Streets
were filled with people and the
place had the feel of being at a carnival. The "cool"
factor for Chamonix on a 1-10 scale is a definite 10. It's a
place where outdoor activities like hang-gliding, rock-climbing
and hiking are on the agenda. Unfortunately I can't recommend
any places to stay. Why? I made the big mistake of coming here
without lodging reservations and of course, zilch was to be found.