Skiing at Grands Montets and looking round Annecy

The weather stays, for the present, warm and sunny. Yesterday I was at Grands Montets. Just for fun I took at least one ride on all the lifts. The snow on Pylones was pretty good except for lots of loose stones at the very top and crunchy ice at the bottom.

Elsewhere, the off piste was not at all bad, considering the hot weather we have been having. But by around 2pm it was starting to soften around the Lognan level. It was fairly quiet and the lift queues virtually non-existent; I just walked onto the Herse chair on both my trips up on that lift. The views were, as ever, magnificent from the very top. This one is looking back to Chamonix.

Today – according to the local weather forecast, the last of the really sunny days – we went to Annecy for a spot of playing idle tourists. It is a lovely and, I find, restful town. Annecy lake is nearly 15km long and up to 3km wide. Its average depth is 41m. It is the second largest lake in France. It is home to 20 different species of fish, one of which I had for lunch, and one species of crayfish. Mrs D spotted one of the crayfishes while we were strolling.

The town is the capital of the Haute Savoie department of France. I really cannot imagine anyone doing anything quickly there. Everything seems calm and everyone seems absolutely determined to concentrate solely on strolling around or eating/having a coffee. But maybe that is just my erroneous perception. We visited lots of churches, did our own strolling around the lake, and had a lovely lunch at a waterside restaurant. It was so warm that we chose to eat inside, out of the sunshine. In the afternoon, on the lakeside there was plenty of sun bathing going on, and T shirts and shorts on display. But no water bathing! The white mountain in the distance in the photo below (courtesy of Mrs D) is Tournette 2351m.


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