Friday, June 1, 2012

On Top of the Alps

We couldn't pass on the chance to see the alps from the air.  We booked a private charter on a Cessna high wing plane.  Our flight began in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland to view prominent peaks including the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau ranging from 13,000 ft to 13,642 ft elevation.  Then the pilot headed south to the Matterhorn which is located on the Swiss/Italian border in the Pennine Alps and rises 14,692 ft elevation.  The pilot approached the pyramid shaped peak and then circled it up close which was really cool!  Our final destination was Mont Blanc which lies on the Italian/French border in the Savoy Alps and is the highest peak in the alps rising 15,772 ft elevation.  It looks alot like Mt McKinley in Alaska towering over all the surrounding peaks and valleys below.  The flight lasted about 1.5 hrs and we were fortunate to have clear weather and a great pilot to give us an up close and personal tour of the snow- capped alps!!!
Mont Blanc