Glacier d Argentiere, Haute-Savoie, France
The Argentiere Glacier descends from the heights of the Mt. Blanc massif below the Aguille or "needle" of Argentiere. Part of the Alps, these beautiful mountains and canyons display some very cool geology. From very old to young, and sedimentary to metamorphic to igneous in origin, these rocks have risen from the collision of two continents and been eroded by glaciers into deep valleys and high cliffs. Though retreating to the higher altitudes, glaciers still fill the tops of most canyons here.
Seracs on Glacier d'Argentier near the trail leading up from Argentiere, France, near Chamonic in the...
Standing on a rock near Glacier d' Argentier.
The Aiguille du Chardonnet rises from the Mt. Blanc massif above the Arve valley and the village of A...
Travaux de réfection de la voie de St Gervais à Vallorcine en 2012( Aout)
Elle fut construite dans un style baroque en 1724, les Argentéraux ne voulant plus se rendre au culte...
A handheld 360x180 taken on the summit of Aiguille du Tour
En raquette à neige, au dessus du Col des Montets, Chamonix.
A handheld 360x180 taken and Col du Midi Grand on a traverse of Aiguille du Tour in the French Alps n...
France is affectionately referred to as "the Hexagon" for its overall shape.
French history goes back to the Gauls, a Celtic tribe which inhabited the area circa 300BC until being conquered by Julius Caesar.
The Franks were the first tribe to adopt Catholic Christianity after the Roman Empire collapsed. France became an independent location in the Treaty of Verdun in (843 AD), which divided up Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire into several portions.
The French monarchy reached its zenith during the reign of Louis XIV, the Sun King, who stood for seventy-two years as the Monarch of all Monarchs. His palace of Versailles and its Hall of Mirrors are a splendid treasure-trove of Baroque art.
The French Revolution ended the rule of the monarchy with the motto "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity!" On July 14th, 1789 angry mobs stormed La Bastille prison and began the Revolution in which Louis XVI, his wife Marie-Antoinette and thousands of others met the guillotine.
One decade after the revolution, Napolean Bonaparte seized control of the Republic and named himself Emperor. His armies conquered most of Europe and his Napoleonic Code became a lasting legal foundation for concepts of personal status and property.
During the period of colonization France controlled the largest empire in the world, second only to Britain.
France is one of the founding members of the European Union and the United Nations, as well as one of the nuclear armed nations of the world.
Text by Steve Smith.