We stayed in Annecy through Sunday afternoon, and then took the train to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, which, as the name suggests, is at the foot of Mont Blanc. It was incredibly beautiful. I realized that this was my first time in real mountains during the winter. It also helped that the weather was quite sunny :-)
The mountain in the middle behind these buildings is Mont Blanc. It's the white one :-P
On Monday we went up into the mountains for some mild adventures. I was too nervous to ski, but fortunately the risk of avalanche was only mild!
Instead we went snowshoeing. In the video you can hear the distinctive sound it made :-)
On Monday night we had a lengthy (4-hour) train ride back to Lyon. It was surprisingly crowded for Christmas eve!