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ITTING BELOW THE

pearly white flanks of

Mont Blanc, Chamonix

has long been the

winter playground of

choice. And in summer its highland trails

provide some of the

French Alps' most thrilling vistas.

There's also a myriad of other

activities to enjoy, making Chamonix the place

you never want to

leave, even when skiing is over.

Just an hour from Geneva

airport, it's also one of the most

easily accessed Alpine resorts.

This is a boon for visitors and

those looking to buy.

At its heart, Chamonix

remains traditional, with lovely

Belle Epoque architecture.

Copper-topped public buildings

glint in sunshine, complementing the older green

roofs that

surround its centre. The council's strict planning ensures

that

no monolithic structures spoil

its charm.

Off the slopes there are

plenty of bars, restaurants and

nightclubs. Everything, from

bustling markets to high-end

shops, tempts and seduces.

Pretty cobbled streets offer

shopping from the tiniest

chocolatier to Chanel. It's the

perfect place to wander while

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Mont Blanc provides the most sensational playground

all year round, from winter sports to summer climbs - and,

of course, legendary après-ski

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you decide where to take your

morning coffee.

Think food and wine. Try

local delicacies such as raclette

and fondue, charcuterie and

patisserie. Enjoy divine cafés

where you can spend an indulgent

late afternoon with hot

chocolate and biscuit de Savoie

- a concoction as delicate as

snow.

Chamonix has a unique

appeal because it's a French

town in its own right, not simply

a resort. This makes it a sound

investment for buyers. Property

retains its value here and has

strong rental potential. Due

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