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On to Annecy in France
Back to the airport and 6hrs into Geneva, where we found Mike and Jen at the baggage claim. ...
Spent €1.40 each first up this morning and caught the local bus service for the 6 Kim ride from our hotel into the centre of Annecy for a relaxing day of exploring.
Annecy is located just north of the French Alps and the brochures tell us that it is often referred to as 'The Venice of Savoie'. Build around the mid 14th century it attracts this comparison with Venice because of the many water canals flowing ...
... wine and took my time eating. It was fun until one of the waiters wasn't happy with me when I asked him to repeat what he said once, but an older couple were friendly and the waitress helped me and overall it was good.
After lunch I explored some more and went to a science museum (basically a children's museum) that had some fun exhibits and then I went to a museum on natural area near Chambery. It ...
... just fell down and rolled across a
valley, stoping at a small church which now has a huge gold statue of
Mary atop it. We stopped for lunch in a castle "cave" or wine cellar
before heading off to Arbin for a wine tasting at another castle. We
tried a red wine called 1248 after the mountain disaster, and another
called le Comte rouge after a former ruler of the region, among others.
The. It was back to school for the second class. This group ...
... and took the old D4 mountain road to the village of Reposoir. Call it a wake-up call! Already we had climbed 1000m before 10am when reaching the Col de la Colombiere! We were rewarded by beautiful mountain landscape, and great weather.
From there, it was a long downhill through the mountain villages of Grand-Bornand (D4), Sain-jeand de sixt (D909) and Thones before reaching the breathtaking lake of Annecy. We stayed close to ...