A quick visit to France’s Chamonix in mid-June saw the town in the French Alps heaving with activity; tourism numbers shown town residents in summer have actually surpassed those during the winter. In addition to day-trippers from Geneva, the town was also attracting a decidedly more far-flung and cosmopolitan group. There was an audience from North America, and Europe, and a sizable amount of Japanese and Chinese tourists tucking into the fondue and ambling with trekking poles around cobblestone streets. There was a beautiful contrast of elegant Middle Eastern women in abayas having lunch outside the Hotel Mont Blanc.Colin Nagy (Skift)