Carol-IvanTravels travel blog

Plenty of room for our bikes on the boat

Lac d'Annecy is bordered by mountains

Passed some lovely homes

Castle nestled in the trees


Lovely hotel at one of the landings


Old monastery; now a hotel

Private home

Looking across lake to Duindt & castle

Popular stop at Talloires

Saw a hang glider

And then 2 more

Large campground on the left

Approaching Duindt (reason for smoke unknown)

Our boat leaving us in Duindt

We ate our lunch down the street at the blue sign

Beginning of the bike path

Church along our ride

Wildflowers along the way

Lovely blues and greens in the water

Final rest stop near the end of our ride

Back in Annecy to return to our hotel

Love the flowers in Europe!

Had our hearts set on bicycle riding today on a bike path Rick Steves recommended but we had a challenge finding a bike rental shop. The first one we tried was not open today but a taxi guy told us of another one. There we rented 2 good bikes, 2 helmets, one basket and 1 lock. After practicing riding in a small park area, we boarded a tour boat at 10:15 to ride around two-thirds of Lake Annecy, getting off in the tiny town of Duindt. From there we rode the 7 miles back into town.

After getting off the boat at 11:40 we found a tiny bakery in Duindt where we bought and each ate a cheese sandwich with our water before starting out on the excellent (and busy!) bike path. It was a perfect day – sunny but not too hot as we were riding mostly in the sun. The mountain scenery (foothills of the French Alps) was magnificent; the various blues of the lake beautiful; the houses and flowers lovely! We stopped for photos or to rest several times along the way, thoroughly enjoying the leisurely pace. We returned the bikes and equipment 4 ½ hours later feeling we'd really shared a trip highlight.

About 7:00 we enjoyed a quiet dinner upstairs in a very old building, following the French tradition of a long leisurely meal: good salad, sausages and potatoes, wine, and ice cream for dessert. What a wonderful day!

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