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Trip Start Sep 04, 2011
Trip End Sep 30, 2011

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Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sun shining yet again today, we have been so lucky with the weather, I read somewhere that the weather in the alps is the opposite to what we have in Britain so I hope that doesn't mean it’s really cold over there now. We decided to drive down the east side of Lac du Bourget and go to Aix le Bains and check out the thermal baths as two years ago we went to a fantastic Thermal bath at Ax les Thermes in the Pyrenees and were expecting to find something similar.  These ones at Aix le Bains were looking very promising but we were put off by the large number of geriatrics waiting for treatment and thought maybe this was not really a pleasure pool but a true therapeutic therapy pool and Colin not wanting to be associated with geriatrics while still in his prime said we would give  it a miss and come back when the rheumatism and arthritis really sets in. This is a large town and didn’t seem to have the  historical ambience of other French towns we have visited, there was some Regency influence in some of the older buildings but a glass of  wine and a quick walk through the park, which was lovely, was enough and we headed back to the lakeside.  We stopped at Chatillon on the way back; the look out post for smugglers that we had seen from our boat trip on Sunday; and there we found a nice little restaurant right on the lakeside. We enjoyed a glass of wine and chatted to a lovely English couple also travelling around from lake to lake on their return journey from Italy.

Back to base for another canoe venture, would you believe it we spotted some white herons on the island in the middle of the lake, we thought they were quite rare as we had first seen them in New Zealand where they were protected in the White Heron Sanctuary.  Also very entertaining were the hundreds of ducks who seemed to walk on water when you went near in their haste to avoid human contact.  The ever present swans in flight a beautiful sight and a display from the shags as well. This is such a lovely spot for wildlife and a canoe is an ideal viewing platform to get near to the birds and see them at close quarters
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john mcphee on

the spotted colin has been seen in staines a few times ?

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