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Exciting exit for us, Matt, Maddi, Ross and I from Brisbane and 14hrs into Dubai. Had a great flight and whisked to our hotel in 2xMercedes (don't you love Dubai). It was 42deg (don't you hate Dubai) and I do not have to tell you it was bloody hot. Needless to say we spent our day in the huge shopping mall attached to our hotel, 3 storey high aquarium, ice rink, sega world fun park with huge rides, a shopper and kids paradise.
... for lunch, and enjoyed hamburgers while the cyclists rode past nearby at around one lap a minute. I would hear someone blow a whistle just before they came by and found out later this was to warn the pedestrians crossing the road to get out of the way!! With the map from the hotel we started to wander around the old town pedestrian streets, noting that nearly every shop was closed. The town here had a very different feel to the other ...
Despite the rain, we eventually decided to go into town at Annecy because there was a pause in the rain for while, and so off we went. It's a good hike - maybe 2 km and quite steep so the old knees were protesting a bit, but finally we were on the flat and walked along the lake-front to the old city.
... the way up. More photos and then after 25 minutes I'm down. That wasn't as bad as I'd thought.
Back into Bourg d'Oisans for lunch and a souvenir bandana from the bike shop then onto the bus for the drive to Aix Les Bains. We were able to watch the Tour time trial on the bus' TV.
A quiet trip not helped by the result with Cadel loosing time to Wiggins.
Extremely satisfied with the day today but I think it will be a quiet night tonight
We arrived in Annecy early Saturday afternoon. It is a very beautiful city, reminds me of Nelson back at home. We spent a few hours looking around downtown, seeing things like the ancient prison and public park, grabbing paninis and hot chocolates, and then we left for St.-Jorioz.
About a thirty minute drive from the town of Annecy (although it might be different seeing as we visited Cyril's cousin & family at their ...