Annecy (March 2016)

The journey to Annecy did not go to plan, as is often the case.  A delayed ferry meant I landed in Calais nearly an hour later than expected.  I arrived at my first choice aire in Le Cateau Cambresis to find it full.  Undeterred, I headed for my second choice, the aire at Catillion Sur Sambre was perfect for a quick nap before continuing my journey.

IMG_3012A 7:00 am start, saw me heading for Hirson and looking for fuel and a supermarket.  The going was quite slow and the temptation to head for Reims and the motorway tolls was almost irresistible.  I hoped to make better progress further on towards Charleville-Mezieres.  Montilbert in the Ardennes is certainly a lovely location to lunch.  If time allowed, I would have stopped at the fortified hilltop town of Montmédy, I imagine the views are magnificent.

I eventually picked up the A30 / A31 near Metz, bypassing Dijon, coming off at Dole and in time for another refuel. The Dole, Lons-Sur-Saunier route to Annecy was some of the most exhilarating driving I have experienced, it would be have also been some of the most picturesque, if were not dark as I crossed the Haut Jura.  The D33 to Lons-Sur-Saunier was particularly challenging, my satellite navigation does insist on taking me on the most inappropriate roads for a 3.3t motorhome.  A route, I am sure, that would not have been possible a few weeks previously.

Arriving in Annecy after 10:00 pm to the joy of finding two spaces left on the aire.  The Aire is situated about 1 km outside Annecy, the 15 minute walk to the old town makes it an ideal stopover for a short stay.

IMG_3030IMG_3028Annecy is quite beautiful, the day I was there it was very warm for the time of year, no stay can be considered complete without the obligatory boat trip on the lake.

IMG_3262IMG_3056IMG_3044IMG_3131IMG_3134IMG_3035IMG_3043The Palais de l’isle on the Thoiu canal dominates the old town of Annecy.  The quayside is lined with shops, bars and restaurants.  I spent the day roaming around the quay and arcades, taking in the sights and sounds of the old town.

IMG_3297IMG_3301I enjoyed my stay in Annecy, one day is certainly enough to get a feel for the place, I will return in the future.  For now, I prepare to leave Annecy and head for Lyon.

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