looking back over Lake Annecy

we’ve no pics bearing this date, so, before moving on, here’s few shots by way of an Annecy retrospective

(as usual, click on image to enlarge)

L’Église de Sevrier l’Église de Sevrier at Sevrier Camping Le Lac Bleu, Doussard the campsite at Doussard

jetty jetty at the campsite Jim taking picture of jetty

sailing back from Annecy:
the Château at Duingt, again Château de Duingt from the lake fellow passengers Aboard the ferry on Lac d'Annecy

Ruth sur le Pont de la Perrière, Annecy Ruth in Annecy Duingt : street marketstreet-market in Duingt

That’s it for the Alps for this year, then.

Will we be back??

Hope so, but it would be good to visit such a dramatically beautiful part of the world outside the main tourist season. Our memories for now are of a beautiful, but bustling, overcrowded and resortified area, awash with tourists and traffic.


day of the deux Lacs : #2 : Annecy

les Francais aiment leur lacs

and this one was busy.

Lac d'Annecy from Camping Bout du Lac

as were the campsites - les Néerlandais aiment aussi les lacs francais, it seems

Le Port at Camping Bout du Lac

Camping Bout du Lac

the next shot - cropped from the last - gives some idea of the aerial congestion we saw over Lac d’Annecy

Paragliders over Lac d'Annecy


up the Lac to Annecy

took a boat - “La Belle Étoile” - from its landing-place just by the campsite

La Belle Étoile

up the lac to Annecy, stopping along the way at a number of the small lakeside towns and villages...

Lac d'Annecy, passing Duingt

most of which seem to harbour at least one castle...

Small boats on Lac d'Annecy, near Duingt

Annecy is a busy town, its streets bustling with meandering tourists and purposeful locals. Main photo opportunity postcard-style is at the island prison, just off the harbour, in the town’s ...wait for it... ”petite Venise” in this case aka “la Venise des Alpes”. In this shot Jim waves to the camera, in true seaside snapshot pose...

Jim (waving) and the island prison of Annecy

Plenty of good lunch places, but Jim had tp pick the naff bar next to one of the best. Ho hum...

Lunch in Annecy

Once again, on the return sail, the skies above the lake filled up with paragliders

Paragliders over Lac d'Annecy

and Duingt emerged from the haze, framed by the mountains to the south of the lake

Château de Duingt

Later that night, in the campsite bar, after a meal of Cassoulet de Castelnaudry cooked on our bluet stove (straight from the tin), the chef relaxes

Au bar

into the Mountains

up in the hills above the eastern shores of Lac d’Annecy

the scenery and the architecture are Alpine

Alpine houses at Montmin, Haute-Savoie

and we dined on local cheeses (Raclette and Tomme de Montagne are memorable) and salade de chèvre at the Bar Le Chamois, near Montmin

Bar Le Chamois, near Montmin

with a view to la Tournette (2351m / 7713ft), the highest peak in this part of Haute-Savoie

Lunch at Le Chamois

(click here for our location on Multimap - the red circle exactly corresponds to the camera position in pic 2 above)

day of the deux Lacs : #1 : Nantua

we had no real idea what to expect of Nantua

and had not allowed any time to spend there. Just passing through on the way to Lake Annecy. The Rough Guide to France doesn’t even mention Nantua

Carnival in Nantua

...not its carnival...

Carnival in Nantua

Carnival in Nantua

... nor even its Lac...

Lac de Nantua from the town

the Lac de Nantua, cradled in its limestone cliffs, 1500 ft above sea level

Lac de Nantua from the town

Nice place. We will return!

And funny books those Rough Guides! More Nantua info here