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FRANCE part 6 #204890
09/18/2019 04:57 PM
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FRANCE part 6, August 2019



I woke up extremely o-dark early and my wife was sound asleep and the room was so dark and so quiet, I couldn't lie there anymore. I snuck out quietly on my own to watch the sunrise, which was unimpressive behind the heavy clouds. I was alone on the streets except for a rare passing work truck, I liked that. I made it to the lake and as far as a small marina. I was in search of bike or boat rentals. Our daughters roommate was just in Annecy and said the bike ride along the lake was a highlight. After watching the geese do geese things I found a cup of coffee and the cafe manger said he'll serve breakfast at 0700, so back to the room to see if she was stirring.



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Around 0730 we were up and about. We took our rain gear because it was that kind of a morning. A return to the lake was nice and still very quiet. Found some boating options then back in to town to try to find a new sim card because mine was out of data from mapquesting, 4G is not enough! Even in the occasional down pour we enjoyed our walk through Old Town, stopping in clothing shops and eventually entering the Eglise Notre Dame de Liesse, another beautiful church, candle lit!





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It looked like the weather was gonna be poor all day, that won't stop us, so we decided to hop in the car and drive to Chamonix to try to get a glimpse of the highest peak in this part of Europe, Mont Blanc. Weather ceiling was extremely poor all day, but the drive through the Alps was very enjoyable with dramatic cloud coverage. Chamonix reminded us of ski towns in Switzerland we have visited, it included a partial view of a close up glacier, pics not so nice, but nice just the same! The rain was intermittent so we shopped a little in the many outdoor gear shops. Decided to drive the back roads on the return to Annecy, even took a detour to the site of the 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville!



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After descending from the mountainside we were welcomed by glorious sunshine nearing Lake Annecy. We decided to stop for dinner at a micro-hotel on the water, beautiful sunset created great atmosphere for wonderful food and wine. Donna had a delicious trout dish and I had the thickest and most tender piece of veal I've ever had. By the way we found the prices for top notch dinners, including wine, to be really reasonable all throughout France, but if you want to spend $$$ that is available too!



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Back in Annecy we spent the rest of the evening walking the lovely town in outstanding weather. Annecy stays awake until about 10pm, then it becomes sleepy, the way we like it most of the time.



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To be continued....

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Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: BEERMAN] #205086
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Another wonderful installment!
Your shot of the meal has my name all over it!

Chicken babies and cow parts - love it!


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: TomB] #205539
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Thanks Tom, enjoy your trip!!

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Beerman--you have such an eye for a good shot! Most people just take pictures. You take slices of life... Thanks!


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Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: Carol_Hill] #205639
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Beerman--you have such an eye for a good shot! Most people just take pictures. You take slices of life... Thanks!

Indeed!


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I spent my money on booze, broads, and boats...the rest I wasted.
Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: jphart] #205651
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Thanks Carol and JP, I appreciate that! Part 7 in the works....should probably try to knock it out before the playoffs start tomorrow night GO NATS!

Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: BEERMAN] #205681
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Sitting in BWI headed to JFK and then Nice.
Thanks for your help.
Still debating with myself about blogging live or waiting till we get back.
Will post if I decide to do realtime.


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Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: TomB] #205687
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Whatever you decide Tom, I'm sure it will be great! Enjoy your trip! Looking forward to reading all about it!


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Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: TomB] #205707
09/30/2019 03:23 PM
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Relax and soak it all in!! Look forward to reading all about it when you have time! But perhaps you can post a selfie with Kamel ;-) !!!

Re: FRANCE part 6 [Re: BEERMAN] #205878
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Great day with Kamel
Pictures forthcoming... not sure when 😊


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Excellent!!

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I have decided to wait until our return to put the blog together.

6 hours, 3 wineries, a picnic lunch, a wonderful day in the hills overlooking Nice with Kamel the amazing chauffer!

And the wines of Bellet were very nice!


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Kamel!!! thanks for the pic!!


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