Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Mer De Glace - Ice caves in a Glacier!

Back On January 17th, we took a trip to Chamonix France in hopes of taking telecabines over the alps. This is near Mont Blanc and the Mattahorn. They end up in the Italian ski towns on the other side. Sadly, the winds were too high and our only option was to take the train up to see the Mer De Glace. Fortunately, it was one of the coolest sites I have ever seen in my entire life. Glaciers, as most know, are in danger of being wiped out due to global warming. So I took advantage while I can and went to go see one! It was beautiful. I almost cried. Really. When you touched the side the cave - it didn't feel cold! It felt like an amazing smooth glass. The inside was lit up with different lights that constantly were changing colors. 

Sorry for the amount of pictures - but it was truly amazing!

Mer De Glace - Wikipedia Link


I was so happy to be here. That's a genuine smile. 

What a great sign :)

The route from the train. Take the telecabiner to the stairway.

Another view of the glacier from the telecabiner

Ice Caves

From the stairway down to the glacier

The different caves are drilled every few years because the glacier is receding.
Can you guess why? Global Warming. 

The Ice Caves

MC and I outside the glacier

Looking outside from inside

Don't get your tounge stuck! 

MC

Love the lighting - It was constantly changing. 

MC again

Rob inside the glacier ice cave

Us inside the cave

Rob inside the cave

Amazing Crystal-like structure

Amazing Structure

You can see pretty deep into this one. 

Rob paying the parking and me putting MC to good use.

4 comments:

Young Traveler February 13, 2009 at 11:40 PM  

Great, great, GREAT pictures.

steph.kelley February 15, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

Spectacular! How wonderful you got to go. Big hug to you both. xoxo

Shaun February 23, 2009 at 5:56 AM  

Kind of ironic about having to drill the caves due to global warming. Tourism by its very nature is really bad for global warming... and we are all guilty of it...

Lori--visited Chamonix in 1999,  February 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

The glacier moves down the mountain because it's a glacier--it flows downhill. It's receding because of global warming--that means it's melting before it gets as far down the mountain so the lower edge seems to be moving back up the mountain.

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