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Avoid changing money/cash machines in town center - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Avoid changing money/cash machines in town center

Typical pickpockets, theft of convenience

Like other tourist areas, in high seasons the pickpockets also come to town. Also if you have an expensive mountain bike or skis, be sure to keep an eye on them and lock them up when you can't watch them. Friends have had skis stolen out of their cars (unlocked car) and money taken from purses.

Recommend avoiding using the currency exchanges and cash machines in the open air in town center - pickpockets seem to hang out here 'targeting' their victims (they have a very good view from several spots where they can easily hang out and look like tourists). Then they will follow people they know have just withdrawn money until a chance arises to take it......

Report to the local Gendarmie office. Unfortunately don't expect them to give a toss....once it's gone you very likely won't get it back.

Other Contact: report to local gendarmie office

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  • Updated Jul 18, 2003
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Protest against Trucks in Mont Blanc Tunnel - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Protest against Trucks in Mont Blanc Tunnel

Inside voice vs Outside voice

This is a warning to avoid causing your own embarassment and living up to a particular 'stereotype' of rude judgemental tourists. I have overheard too many English-speaking people visiting this town doing something I find really horrible (it makes me cringe whenever I see it).

It is amazing what some people will say out loud when they think that no one they are speaking about understands the language they are speaking. They will say things they would normally keep to themselves (Inside voice) in quite a loud voice to their friends/table mates (Outside voice).

This seems to be done under the (very mistaken) assumption that the people nearby/person they are referring to have no idea what's being said.

Remember that many around you will in fact know at least some English (hello -- it is a very common 2nd language) and could get quite offended at your comments. Funnily enough, this does not add to good international relations!

And those of us who do speak English natively and live here really don't want to hear your ill-informed opinions that otherwise would be kept to yourself.

Imagine saying the same thing about your own countrymen or in your own country where everyone understands you, and decide whether or not the comment is appropriate before you open your gob! ;-)

I imagine this tip applies to travellers of every nationality travelling in any country with a language difference!!! Don't be a boorish tourist...... This sort of thing only makes everyone feel miserable in the end -- so don't add to the stereotypes, whomever you are!! Strive to make the world a less judgemental and happier place to live in!

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  • Updated Nov 20, 2002
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