Annecy and the Haute Savoie

It is our final week here in the Haute Savoie region, and it is hard to believe that we have been here for three weeks already. After travelling so much over the last couple of months, this place has really started to feel like home and it will be difficult to leave. I really enjoy being here, and Tony and I have been spending a lot of time out of doors, even when it hasn’t been that great weather-wise. Of course, we know that we can’t complain, especially when New Zealand has recently been struck by high winds and snow!

Col du Porthats

As you know the winter in France this year has been exceptionally long, as evidenced by the snow still visible from the lakeside in Annecy. Tony and I went for a hike in the mountains a few days ago and had to turn back as the snow obscured the track and we didn’t want to get lost yet again, especially in the mountains!

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Lac du Annecy fro My Veyrier

Overall though, summer seems to have finally arrived and the weather has been lovely with temperatures in the high twenties/early thirties on most days and we have definitely made the most of it. So far we have been on a few walks, biking, roller blading and even swimming in the lake a few times. We also went across the border into Switzerland, visiting both Geneva and Lausanne.

Port Ouchy

Tony and I also thought about doing a parapente, but when we watched them on one of our walks taking off the mountain, I quickly discounted it, as people were in some cases literally dragged off the mountain! Nobody cried out, which I’m sure if it was me I would have been screaming and there is no way I could have kept my eyes open! How there aren’t more accidents up there with so many of them in the sky at any one time, all so close together, is beyond me.

Anyway, what I also thought I’d quite like to have a go at while we are here is paddle boarding, much more sedate but still looks like it might be fun, as well as apparently being good exercise, so we’ll see how that goes and I’ll let you know.

Le Chateau

Le Port

Until then, wrap up and stay warm and keep up the good suggestions for where we should go in the UK as we are on a countdown for Europe with Tony’s 90 days drawing to an end and we don’t really want to risk the possible future visitor’s ban that he could incur if he overstays!

A Bientot