We had never even heard of this place. We decided to have a change of route as we were so close to Switzerland we would be silly not to visit for a few days. That’s when we saw Lake Annecy, the pictures looked lovely and we could get a stop over at a reasonable price. Not like in Geneva which was just up the road, campsites went to silly prices !!
For ease we decided to use the toll road for the first time since arriving in France. We thought, when you weighed up the time saved and the mpg saved by using the faster road it would work out to cost about the same. We were very wrong! We got to the toll booth and had to pay 23 euro 70 for the privilege of driving about 100 miles, it only saved us an hour or so. Another lesson learnt stay away from French toll roads unless you want to spend all your money on them!
The campsite was busy which was quite a shock as we are now out of season, we were surprised how many British motorhomes were here. How did they know about this lovely lakeside retreat and we had discovered it by chance?
We were situated right next to the lake and able to walk the dogs around and take in the stunning views. This lake is the 3rd largest lake in France and known as ‘Europe’s cleanest lake’ because of the strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960’s.
We cycled into Annecy which was a good 8 miles away, but the cycle path made it easy work and we had a look around the town. The town is very pretty and known as the Venice of the French Alps-we could see why. We had a bite to eat and then cycled back.
The next day we cycled in the opposite direction along the cycle path. The path is 50 kms much of which is along a disused railway, its mainly flat so makes it a relatively easy ride.
We stopped on our way back for a game of mini golf. We are both competitive and its always a battle to see who can win. We couldn’t believe it when we added up the scores and we had scored the same. Colin is prematurely celebrating his win in the photo below!!
The weather was lovely and about 27 degrees but rain was due so it was time to move on. We changed our mind about visiting Switzerland. There’s quite a lot to consider if you want to go to Switzerland- passes to buy for the toll roads etc.. so we decided to give it a miss and crack on to Italy.