I went with Margo Bimler, a Kiwi who has lived in France for over 20 years and who sells dyes and related products like I do, to a quilt show in Morzine, in the French Alps. This is chalet territory, as you can see from this photo taken on the way there.
We were a long way up at this point, and the towns in the valley were a long way down. Mt Blanc was off to the right of this photo.
Even down on the flat, you can see the massive upheavels that must have occurred thousands of years ago to credate these kinds of rocks.
Morzine is a tourist town, and some of the hotels and restaurants were groaning with carved wooden statues, windowboxes of flowers and general alpine-ness.
Another example in the town square - in summer, which is the off-season, the town attracts many mountain bikers.