Cycle Trip to Annecy

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On Tuesday we had a leisurely drive from Digoin to Camping Municipal Les Champs Fleuris ( GPS : N 45.825801 E 6.188371 ) on Lake Annecy. This is very friendly campsite, almost deserted now, on sloping grass terraces. We are parked at the top of the site, with a view of the lake. There is an impressive backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Camping Les Champs Fleuris

Camping Les Champs Fleuris

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

Yesterday we cycled along the well maintained two wheel only voie verte (cycle track) to the town of Annecy. It is an easy and level 10 km ride. There is quite a bit of traffic, a mixture of high speed lycra clad experts, a few rollerbladers and an assortment of out of condition middle aged puffers. Guess which group we are in.

Embarcadere

Embarcadere

We arrived at the Quay where the the big pleasure boats tie up. There are restaurants on board.

Lunch on the Lake. Starting at €50.

Lunch on the Lake. Starting at €50.

We guess the Captains dream of taking the boats out in to more exciting waters, `Lake Geneva maybe, or the Atlantic.

I am taken for a walk

I am taken for a walk

We moored the bikes outside the Hotel de Ville, and continued on foot.

Almost Cloudless Sky

Almost Cloudless Sky

Hotel de Ville

Hotel de Ville

Flower Beds near the Cathedral St Pierres

Flower Beds near the Cathedral St Pierres

Restaurants and cafes pack the narrow streets running alongside the canals of Annecy. We arrived at lunchtime and business on the streets was clearly thriving.

Lunch by a Canal

Lunch by a Canal

Back Streets of Annecy

Back Streets of Annecy

Some sort of old Sluice Mechanism

Some sort of old Sluice Mechanism

French Windows

French Windows

There is much to photograph here.

Wisteria Lined Lane by the Chateau

Wisteria Lined Lane by the Chateau

Palais de L'ile

Palais de L’ile

Cafe on the Rue de la République

Cafe on the Rue de la République

We stopped for a glass of wine at the top of the old town.

One of the Canals dives underground here.

One of the Canals dives underground here.

We walked back along the canals, had a picnic lunch on Les Jardins de L’Europe, then mosied back to the bikes.

The Canal du Vassé with the Pont des Amours in the distance.

The Canal du Vassé with the Pont des Amours in the distance.

Boats for hire on the Canal du Vasseé

Boats for hire on the Canal du Vasseé

Calm Waters

Calm Waters

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy

We cycled back in the afternoon, photographed out.

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6 comments on “Cycle Trip to Annecy
  1. Gill says:

    Looks absolutely idyllic nia glad you are having a good time xx

    • Thanks Gilly. This is such a beautiful place and the weather is perfect. It was difficult to limit the pictures for this post because the lake and town are so photogenic. Today we are going to cycle in the other direction round the lake and explore one or two more of the lakeside villages. Hope all well with you xxx

  2. Rosie Pike says:

    Looks beautiful, so jealous and you have given me itchy feet! Tony pack the van, we are heading south!

  3. Mark Sutton says:

    Hi Nia,
    I hope you and Peter are both fit and well. It is great to see and read that you are again on your adventures south. Brings back happy memories of our trip to Annecy, it really is a stunning place. Anyway enjoy the rest of your trip, take care.
    Love
    Mark xx

  4. saltyvelo says:

    I love Annecy! Thanks so much for sharing!

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