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Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy October 7th 2019

As we left Beaune on Friday, October 4, there was a misty rain falling. Our GPS guided us to the motorway and most of our trip was on the beautiful French superhighways. They are beautiful because they are all toll roads and not cheap! Our toll from Beaune to Annecy (250km) was 19.50 E or around 28.00 Cdn. Our trip took us south toward Lyon and then east towards Geneva, Switzerland. The further east we went, the higher the mountains became. We travelled through three long tunnels. The rain intensified and even though the traffic was not heavy, there were a lot of transports on the road which made for a somewhat stressful drive at times. We were relieved when we left the motorway and headed towards Annecy on a two lane highway. The secondary roads, ... read more
One of the 3 tunnels
First Vistas of Annecy
Beautiful Place

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy October 7th 2019

On Saturday, October 5, after a bad start with an overflowing washing machine and a French neighbour pounding at our door because there was water running down into her apartment, we shook ourselves off and decided to take a ride around Lake Annecy. As we started on our jaunt, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day so we decided we should go to Chamonix since we wanted to stay in town on Sunday as it was Market Day. I had read that there was a scenic route and a fast route. Of course we would want to go the scenic route one way and back the other and that is exactly what we did. The distance is about 100 km. and the scenic route took us 2 1/2 hours not counting a ... read more
What I imagine Switzerland to be like
Our lunch stop

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy June 1st 2019

Spent this beautiful day enjoying Annecy. Started the day with a pain au chocolate from the bakery - a 1 min walk from our door. Everything baked on site with a great selection of breads and other goodies. About as authentic French as you can get. Probably a good thing we're only here for 4 days. Took a nice walk along the river that flows from Lake Annecy. Saw more of the "new" town. Very peaceful park setting and the path went forever. Once you leave the town proper fishing is allowed in the river and they even had small piers setup for wheelchair access to fish! Lunch was a special treat at a very nice brasserie recommended by the lady from whom we rented the flat. We had a great salad and a regional speciality, ... read more
More charming canals
City scenes
From modern to classic in one view

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy May 31st 2019

Started the day at the street market in the old town. It began right outside our door. The first trip to the market was very early, just as people were setting up (took some pictures). The second trip involved some serious shopping for our hike picnic (sausage, croissants and cherries - we already had the cheese) and for dinner ( roti chicken, veggies and a torte chocolate) - but no photos! The bus was running today so we headed down the east side of the lake to Echarvines and hiked to the Roc de Chere for our picnic overlooking the lake. Running out of superlatives, so we'll let the pictures tell the story. Coffee overlooking a golf course!! and the as we waited for the return bus we watched an amazing hang glider show. Will try ... read more
Market  Day
Market  Day

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy May 30th 2019

Yet another beautiful day for us to enjoy. Planned to take a bus along Lake Annecy to a village and take a hike. Walked to the bus station to check on the bus route only to find the streets empty and no bus - it is a national holiday - Ascension Thursday! This bus doesn't run on holidays. On to plan B - this was planned for later in the week, but today became explore the lake by boat. We took a boat that does a 2 hour loop of the lake stopping at a number of villages. We got off at a point 3 miles from Annecy and walked the rest of the way along the lakeshore. Spectacular views from the lake of the surrounding mountains and village. Gee saw a couple of houses she ... read more
A nice place for a lake house
Wonderful natural beauty

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy May 29th 2019

Trip toTurin, via Milan, went well yesterday. Stayed across from the Porta Susa train station in Turin last night in a B&B that was in a classic building. The room had 15 ft ceilings and it is the only place we've ever stayed that you needed 5 keys to get in the building and to your room. What we didn't have was a functioning internet connection so you didn't get your daily dose of "Where's Gee?" The train trip across northern Italy was very nice. The scenery ranged from mountains to lakes with lots of agriculture. Very neat and green. Had a short stop in Milan's central station - may get back there someday soon! Got up early today to get the train from Turin to Annecy, France. Within 10 minutes of leaving Turin you see ... read more
On the way to Turin
Parallel parking Italian style
Felt very secure

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy April 15th 2019

Sunday 14th April Our coach took us from Lyon to Annecy in about an hour and a half. One could see the country changing as we went along. Still morning when we arrived in Annecy, we had time to walk around and have lunch before our lake cruise at 3pm. What a gorgeous place! Beautiful lakeside parks and promenades, classic French architecture in the town, the old canals carrying fresh mountain water from the lake (yes, away from the lake, it is the outflow, which ends up in the Rhône River later on). The narrow streets are crowded with restaurants, and were very crowded with people too, as the weather was sunny and there were street market stalls. All this with the spectacular backdrop of rugged mountains. The Annecy Marathon on the Lake was also running, ... read more
The Cable Car
Up on top at Aiguille du Midi

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy September 8th 2018

Am letzten Samstag bin ich nach der 13. Woche in Bern nach Annecy gefahren. Das ist eine schöne Stadt an einem See und ich hatte eigentlich gedacht, dass ich die schon einmal 2003 besucht habe. Aber mittlerweile bin ich mir hier nicht mehr so sicher und ich glaube, dass ich damals im benachbarten Annecy-Le-Vieux war, denn ich kann mich an keinen See und auch nicht mehr die Kanäle der Stadt erinnern. Diesmal habe ich das Ziel dank Navi und dem neuen Tunnel hinter Genf prima gefunden. Nur mit den Parkplätzen war es schwierig da bei dem schönen Wetter viele Leute am See und mehrere Parkhäuser voll waren. Zum Glück habe ich nach einer gewissen Suche am Bahnhof noch einen entdeckt. Von dort bin ich zu Fuss in die Altstadt. Dabei bin ich auch an der ... read more
Am Fluss Thiou in Annecy.
Am Seeufer in Annecy.
Eine der Kirchen in Annecy.

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy May 28th 2018

From Lyon we went by car in the direction of the Alps. To see a bit more of the country and to safe the toll of the highway, we decided to take the national route in the direction of Aix-les-Bains. That was a stupid idea for the first part of the trip. On a friday evening, traffic was intense. Everyone was out to reach their week-end destination.But the closer we came to the mountains, the nicer was the route. Through beautiful landscapes with flowerfields we reached Tunnel du Chat. Once coming out of this tunnel we had an amazing view over the Lac du Bourget and Aix-les-Bains in the distance. We have to admit that this part of France or the landscapes and smaller towns and villages are much more appealing to us than the big ... read more
40m waterfall in Setheney, National Park of Bauges
old town of Annecy
Grotte et Cascade de Sethenex - a lovely place

Europe » France » Rhône-Alpes » Annecy June 21st 2017

This entry by Tom. Day off so we slept in a bit, but not a ridiculous amount. Just past 9am I took a walk to a bike shop not too far away, ProVélo, that looked better than average from its website. It’s always interesting to see brands of bikes, clothing, parts and accessories that we don’t get in Canada. The showroom at ProVélo was chock-a-block with Cube bikes, both road and off-road. There were also quite a few off-road e-bikes in stock. I guess that’s a thing now, here. Didn’t walk out with anything even though the shop brand jerseys and shorts were fairly attractive. Picked up some flat peaches and waffles at a corner grocery on the way back to the hotel and that was breakfast. Early afternoon we packed up our laundry for the ... read more
Tom and Caroline in Annecy

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