France on Fridays: Été sur Le Lac

Summer on the Lake • Monday, June 12

It is warmer than expected here, as the spring weather we have enjoyed so far gives way to an incoming heat wave. There will be no snowballs in the Alps. Thankfully, the Made in India cotton tops we bought for 5€ at the market yesterday serve us well.

It is a perfect day for a cruise on Lac d’Annecy, so late in the morning we board Le Cygne for a cruise across this pristine and sparkling lake. The water is a surreal color of blue-green. Boats criss-cross in front of us, chalets and castles dot the shoreline. The Alps cradle us, Mont Blanc standing guard in the distance, as we enjoy this hour-long cruise around the lake. A Swiss flag flying at the boat’s stern notes our border location in crisp red and white.

After our boat ride, we wander around Old Annecy some more, stopping for chocolat chaud and sweets at a café next to the canal. Served in brightly colored mugs, we enjoy the festive atmosphere of this stop and the people-watching it affords us.

A few blocks away, we discover La Poterie du Vieil Annecy, the potter who created the whimsical hot chocolate mugs, and make our own selections. The decision now, as we prepare to go home, do we ship them or find space in our luggage?

More souvenirs in a busier part of town — Le Monoprix, delightfully here in Annecy, and a salon of glass-beaded jewelry called Saoya. At early dinner, we toast my Dad’s birthday with sugar-rimmed Kirs at a bustling bistro near the lake, then head back to the hotel to pack up for the final leg of our adventure.

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Les Deux Amis En France, ©2011 Jen Payne. All rights reserved.

See also:
C’est La Vie
La Plus Longue Journée
À Travers La Ville
Petits Oeuvres D’art
Escalier au Ciel
Plus Escaliers et Alors Nous Arrêtons
Le Voyage de la Route!
Les Américains
Saints et Soldats
Tapisserie et Tripe
Sur La Route Encore
Visions de Monet et des Montagnes
Choix d’un Pas Plus Lent

Photos ©2011, Jen Payne, DeLinda Fox.

8 thoughts on “France on Fridays: Été sur Le Lac

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  1. yummmmmmmm – hot chocolate AND kir AND lovely surroundings – i can’t wait for the coffee table book version to come out! or at the very least, a set of postcards that i can pop into a frame so i can perhaps pretend that i have been to france???

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