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We awaken to fresh snow on the mountains surrounding Chamonix and after another amazing breakfast head to Annecy. It is an alpine town in southeastern France, where the River Thiou meets Lac d’Annecy. It’s known for its Vieille Ville (old town), with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-colored houses. Overlooking the city, the medieval Château d’Annecy was once home to the counts of Geneva. It is also called the Venice of Savoie. Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France. It is renown as "Europe's cleanest lake" because of strict environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s and is a popular tourist destination known for its swimming and water sports. The lake was formed about 18,000 years ago, at the time the large alpine glaciers melted. It is fed by many small rivers from the surrounding mountains and from a powerful underwater spring, the Boubioz.
Grenoble, a city in the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France, sits at the foot of mountains between the Drac and Isère rivers. It's known as a base for winter sports, and for its museums, universities and research centers. Spherical cable cars called “Les Bulles” (Bubbles) connect the town to the summit of La Bastille hill, named for the 18th-century fortress on its slopes. We gave serious thought to riding on the Bubbles but ran out of time (oh, darn).
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