Four years ago after my son, then 15, met me in Geneva, we promptly headed for one of the most beautifully located towns in Europe, Chamonix, France, a mere 45 minutes away. In Chamonix you are constantly looking up, because mountains tower over you on all sides. We decided to look at them from equal footing, so paragliding we went. It's not cheap, but how do you put a price on a memory? I love staying in the Hotel Richemond. Old world charm. Sit in the lobby for a while and you will hear stories of hikers/climbers from around the world and, perhaps, tell a few of your own.