2012 provided me with an epic European holiday... we were lucky enough to spend six weeks travelling through Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and a tiny bit of France (Chamonix). Sadly, no where near enough time as there's an unthinkable amount of beautiful country and terrain to be seen.
Our little French experience came a little later through the trip and was fuelled by my Dad wanting to show us where he'd spent many of his mountaineering years. A trip up to Aiguille du Midi (3,842m) is a must for anyone considering a visit this part of Europe.
The cable car to the summit, the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, is an exquisite experience -- reaching the summit you'll be left breathless, quite literally, as this altitude is enough to start thinning out oxygen levels and in those unlucky enough, bring on very mild altitude sickness. The lift itself and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1,035 m to 3,842 m.
This is a 20-shot stitch and the final image is a 212mp image (it's been cropped substantially from the original 400mp+)
Nikon D800e + Nikon 50mm f/1.4