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Interest rates on loans repayable over a 20-year period have decreased by 0,30%

Interest rates on loans repayable over a 20-year period have decreased by 0,30%

With lower interest rates available at present, the French are having a change of heart with regard to purchasing real estate. Banks have greater access to relatively inexpensive resources that they can make available to their clients. The European Central Bank is making things even easier for banks and as a result the latter are increasingly motivated to lend money. 

Building the mountain huts

Building the mountain huts

The Mont-Blanc range, a playground of choice for skiers, mountaineers and walkers, offers 200 kilometres of exquisite mountain terrain and dramatic beauty as far as the eye can see. For protection from the cold and isolation, the Swiss mountaineer, Ferdinand de Saussure, created the first mountain huts in 1786. 

Les Grandes Jorasses

Les Grandes Jorasses

With its pinnacle rising to a height of 1,200 metres, no mountaineer worthy of the title can remain indifferent to the rugged face of the Alps’ Grandes Jorasses.  This imposing mountain cannot, however, be seen from Chamonix itself, as Les Grandes Jorasses rise up from the glacier known as the Sea of Ice, its jagged spurs a challenge for even the most experienced climbers. 

Exploring the Chamonix Valley

Exploring the Chamonix Valley

In olden times very few Chamonix natives appreciated Mont-Blanc. For the local peasants Mont-Blanc was synonymous with the frequent avalanches that destroyed their crops and their herds. 

Low-energy building-Energy efficiency label 

Low-energy building-Energy efficiency label 

This «low-energy building» label fixes primary energy consumption in a new construction at or under 50 KW/m2/year and at or under 80 KW/m2/year in a renovated property (with variations depending on the climatic zone and the altitude). This label imposes an air-tightness test and should be compulsory for all new dwellings from the end of 2012 onwards. 

A key profession: real estate agent

A key profession: real estate agent

A real estate agent’s career path is important. His principal vocation is the sale or rental of property.

Les Glières National Necropolis: The Departmental Museum of the Resistance

Les Glières National Necropolis: The Departmental Museum of the Resistance

A visit to the Haute-Savoie region would not be complete without taking the opportunity to learn and to discover some history and culture. The Museum of the Resistance is located along the road to Thônes, just a few kilometres from La Roche-sur-Foron. 

A perilous vocation: high mountain guide

A perilous vocation: high mountain guide

The advent of mountaineering gave rise to a noble profession: the high mountain guide. The first mountain guides had no formal training; they were simply local lads with intimate knowledge of the mountains they grew up in. 

Shelter at the summit for athletic holiday-makers

Shelter at the summit for athletic holiday-makers

All experienced hikers know that walking in the high mountain environment demands organisation, caution and humility. Taking off for several days’ hiking along high mountain tracks with a backpack full of provisions requires careful preparation and the mountain huts encountered along the way are always a welcomed sight. 

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Chamonix! Simply uttering the name is like taking in a sudden breath of fresh air, the liberating rush of oxygen that clears the mind and takes the weight out of your hiking boots. We naturally associate Chamonix with vacations but Chamonix also rhymes with rest and relaxation. 

The mountain playground

The mountain playground

In revealing the Mer de Glace, Mont-Blanc’s majestic sea of ice glacier, Pocoke and Windham paved the way for many other explorers who would follow in their steps decades later. The famous Horace de Saussure is another who came to discover the grandeur of the Chamonix Valley. 

The conquest of the Aiguille Verte

The conquest of the Aiguille Verte

As the keystones of Chamonix, the Aiguille Verte and the Drus have been coveted by many.  With its 4,121 metre summit, the Aiguille Verte is admired by most mountain climbers. Already in 1825, Christian Almer took a keen interest in this steep summit. The first ascent of the Matterhorn was achieved thanks to the determination of this high mountain guide.