Wonderful boat trip
Trip Start Sep 04, 2011
21Trip End Sep 30, 2011
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Interesting as we entered into Lac du Bourget there were stories of smugglers and a chateau built for the purpose of watching the boats coming and going into Switzerland and Italy; Château Chatillon; the borders have changed and parts of the Savoie were once Italy and up to 1860 this was a popular route for smugglers.
Lac du Bourget; the biggest natural lake in France is 18km long, in parts only
3km wide and 147 meters deep.
We passed a statue of the poet, Lamartine; I suppose he must be the French equivalent to our Wordsworth as he wrote romantic poetry about the lake. Then there was the Abbey de Hautecombe; property of the Italian Royal Family, the last king of Italy is buried there, Benedictine monks occupied the castle until 1994 and now it is a Christian community college. Fascinating, we had no idea this area would be so interesting, we only came for the canoeing.