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French Alps

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Canal of Annecy

This is our day of countryside adventure--we are off to Annecy France in the French Alps. Due to a somewhat late start(one of us was quite a late sleeper), the tourist bureau pointed us in the right direction to access the A41. After paying the parking fee(similar to ones in San Francisco)to rescue the car, we headed out going east toward Switzerland. What a beautiful drive. The weather was very cloudy and threatening, but nonetheless the hills with their various shades of green, the totally white cows and the highway in part was way above the earth gave us the feeling of flying. The small village of Annecy had one major hotel according to our guide book, with a lake view and canals in the village reminiscent of Venice We discovered upon arrival that the "village" has a population of 85000--but as promised, the lake was gorgeous. The hotel where we had planned to eat was closed, but we found a wonderful cafe on a canal, la galejade where the pasta was delicious. After the late lunch, a trip on the lake was in order. We toured the lake in a catamaran with the camera buffs having a wonderful time--in spite of the brisk breeze on the upper deck. A stroll through a bit of old town on a canal left us with the wish to someday return and spend a few days to really explore the village. We returned to Leon to search for an authentic Leon meal--a meal with lots of meat I was told. Le Francois Villon fit the bill and after dinner we walked home while taking lots of pictures of the town at night --KC

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