Mer de Glace

Well, well, well…
This is what I can tell you :

Mont Blanc is MAGNIFICENT.

Monsieur and I had an extraordinary experience to see the famous Mont Blanc in Chamonix for the first time. We’d never thought that it would be soooo great.

We had to go to L’AIGUILLE DU MIDI by cable car to reach out [almost] the top. When we’re finally able to get close to 3842 m altitude of mountain, it’s very stunning!. We [or actually it was me!] were like “Oh my God…oh my God…how beautiful it is…!. We felt like the nature’s big and we’re so small.

We also took a red train from Chemin de Fer du Montenvers to go to MER DE GLACE [frozen sea]. Besides a beautiful frozen sea view, there’s a sort of glacier cave exposition underneath this frozen sea. We took a look, and got a little bit disappointed. So if you don’t want to see it, you won’t miss anything. I don’t recommend to go down there [the cave] if you have baby or toddler because it might be difficult to them to climb the stairs [approximately 400 stairs!] unless if you want to carry them.


• You need an access card to enter the tourisme spot in Chamonix. There’re various kinds of access card [with various ranges of price too!.], better do a research first from chamonix tourisme website before you buy it. We bought Mont Blanc unlimited pass [63,50€/person] to get all access in Chamonix tourist spots for one day. You can buy it online maximum two days before the day, or you can find an automatic counter in front of cable car center.

• Aiguille du Midi is not allowed for less than 5 years old children.

• We prefer to go in winter time to see all the areas of Mont Blanc covered by snow. But if you want to go in summer time it will be nice too, although you won’t get snow as much as in winter [less attractive for us].

• Check the weather!. It’s important because if the weather is not a good one, you will not get a good visibility of Mont Blanc [especially in raining and cloudy day]. Sunshine is always the best thing!.


Reserve Africaine Sigean, it’s a big park for animals [300 hectares surface] divided into two areas. First area is a drive through area, in this area you can see the animals such as bears, lions, and rhinoceros live in nature – cage free, from your car. You have to drive slowly [10 kph/6 mph], because occasionally some animals will be on your way and blocking the passage. You don’t want to crash them. Just be patient, and enjoy it.

Second area is the one that can be visited on foot. You can walk and see the animals live in their habitat, separated by the walls or ropes as their barriers to protect visitors from accident a cause the animals and vice versa.

I had a high expectation about this park, and finally it’s way too far from what I already imagined. For 32 euros entry fee [which is quite expensive for me], I feel this park has lack of interesting activities for the visitors, especially for children. Yes, they have a goat parc who can be entered, free of charge. But that’s it, I’ve seen better.

I think they have to start thinking about attracting young visitors by giving them some real activities, so they can feel attached by those animals. I can tell you that I don’t have a special attachment to this place. It’s too bad. So nope, Monsieur and I decided not to come back again.


• it’s better to visit this park in morning time, especially in summer time [when it gets too hot the animals prefer to stay in the shade so it will be difficult to you to see them].

• if at first drive you can’t see them try to come back later, BE PATIENT!. You have to be patient and keep your eyes wide open to spot them.

• if you are with kids, take your time to walk and see the animals. It’s a big park, make a break between your walk because your kids will be exhausted.

• bring your camera with a good TELE LENS if you want to take pictures, other wise you’ll get nothing because we can’t get too close to the animals.

• don’t forget to clean your car’s windows because you can’t open them to take pictures. So if your windows are clean it will be easier for you to take pictures from inside of your car.


Reserve Africaine Sigean

Address : RD 6009 – 19, chemin Hameau du lac. 11130 SIGEAN – FRANCE

Open everyday at 9.00 am or 8.30 am in June, July and August. The ticket box is closed at 6.00 pm but the park is closed at 7.00 pm.

Entry Fee for adult is 32 €, children [4 -14 yo] is 23 €, and for disabled person is 13,5 €. You can book your ticket by their website.