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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Lake Annecy

This is Chateau de Duingt on the western shore of Lake Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie region of France.

Lake Annecy was formed 18,000 years ago, as a result of the melting of the Alpine Glaciers in the area. It is the third largest lake within France, running 9 miles from the beautiful town of Annecy in the north to the village of Doussard in the south. The lake is surrounded by mountains in the one of the most astounding areas of France. Humans have lived in the Duingt area since at least the Bronze Age.

When I visited Lake Annecy in August 2016, I was immediately struck by the contrasts. By the contrasts between the heat of the August sun warming my skin and the snow capped mountains in the background. Between the turquoise water and the bright blue sky which was broken only by a few white cottonwool clouds. Between the pleasure craft monopolising the lake and the numerous paragliders soaring overhead.

I spent a very pleasant couple of hours stand up paddleboarding on the lake, on a rented board. The only real downside was the massive amount of pleasure craft, of all sizes, on the lake. The water was very broken up and we had to paddle carefully to avoid all the other traffic. I spent 4 days in the area, camping near Doussard, right next to the field where the paragliders were landing. It wasn't nearly long enough. I didn't even have time  to visit the town of Annecy itself, so I feel I have unfinished business in this part of the world.

Lake Annecy - in the immortal words of Arnold Schwarzenegger - 'I'll be back'.

Until the next time.

August 2015

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