Val Montjoie is the southwestern edge of the Mont-Blanc. Accessed by Saint-Gervais-les-Bains in this small valley running north-south with the village of Les Contamines. The neighboring towns of Les Contamines are Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève, Haute-Savoie, Hauteluce, Beaufort and Bourg-Saint-Maurice in Savoie and Courmayeur in the Aosta Valley in Italy. The valley of Les Contamines view from the Cey The village of Les Contamines is at an altitude of 1164 meters. The territory of the municipality is dominated by numerous peaks: To the east: the area of high mountain domes Miage (3673 m) and the needle Bionnassay (4052 m) located in the Mont-Blanc are ice all year . West: the ski resort extends on the slopes of Mont Joly (2525 m) and can reach the ski area Hauteluce by the collar of Joly. The top of the slopes at the head of Véleray offers a panorama of the Mont Blanc and the Aravis Valley Beaufortain. South: a path leads to the so-called Roman Col du Bonhomme leads to Italy. This path also leads to the refuge de la Balme, the neck of the window and lakes Jovet. Source : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Contamines-Montjoie
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.