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... Austrians if the capital was located in Turin). Chambery has a medieval castle which housed the dukes and counts of Savoy, and it is linked to a chapel which was built to house the Shroud of Turin (lots of money went into housing that shroud!!). Unfortunately the castle was shut when we arrived so all we got to see was the formidable steep wall facing the town. The old town (called 'Ancienne Ville' on all the road signs) has a number of quite wide cobblestone streets, lots of ...
... view was spectacular, so worth it in the end. You have to be really careful on some of these roads around the lake, they are barely wide enough for one car.
At the top of the lake, we decided to drive north to Annecy, which is about 40km from Geneva - I couldn;t convince Teresa to go that little bit extra to get to Geneva though, Drove around here for a while, and couldn't even ...
... lot of French information about it.
Acclimatised ourselves, and found a nice place nearby with a good happy hour.
The town itself is only small, and we are able to walk around it in one day easily.
After our first night, we have pretty much seen it all, Chambery was the capital of the old Savoy region, and its history is intertwined with Italy and Switzerland, and has housed ...
We managed to get some French TV and the forecast for the next 2 days was for full suns and temps of 16 deg. This meant we should have a good journey through the mountains
We went to bed with hot water bottles and PJ's and hoped that our water pipes didn't ...
... all day in this fabulous country I finally emerge onto the Route Napoleon just north of Gap. My road has taken me high up above the spectacular Lac du Sautet. It's a fast run now over to the unfortunately named town of Corps.
I book in to the Hotel de la Poste where I order a simple evening meal which turns out to be quite the opposite. But I will save that tale for tomorrow.