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Wednesday, August 7, 2002 – a day in Annecy

Today we were presented with the options of:

 

1. A beautiful bike ride along the lake

2. The climb to Cret De Chatillon        

3. The longer climb to Mont Revard    

4. All of the above, or                       

5. A rest day in Annecy                     

It was a tough decision but we decided to be tourists on vacation !

           

 

We know we missed some wonderful vistas but Annecy was just too intriguing to miss.

We spent almost the entire day in the medieval town centre.

Of course, eating was a major part of it.

 

       

 

Like most old French towns, this area is a maze of cobblestone streets and passageways,

and closed to through traffic.

       

 The Thiou Canal is the river crossing Annecy that gives you the feeling that you're in Venice

as you stroll along its embankments.

       

 

The spring fed lake of Annecy appeared 18,000 years ago and now covers 27km2.

Today, it is one of the cleanest lakes in the world.

 

           

 

We enjoyed a boat ride around the lake.

 

       

 

We saw castles and islands, chateaus and mountains.

 

       

 

In the evening we attended an organ concert at Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.

The organ was built from 1840 to 1842 in the style of Louis XIV.

We heard several classical pieces from D’Anglebert, Calviere, Balbastre, Boely, and Franck.  

Our favorite was Cantabile by Franck.