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For ages my friends who live in Haute Savoie have been urging me to visit. I’ve told them I’m a rubbish skier and prone to falling over. “Come in the summer then " they said “Annecy and the ski resorts are so beautiful then – you’ll love it”. Well I couldn’t resist such a tempting prospect, so on a sunny July day I took the train to Annecy, a surprisingly easy few hours from Paris... Summer in the mountains When the winter snow melts and the sweet spring air rolls over the mountain tops, the French Alps undergo an astonishing transformation. White turns to green, carpets of wildflowers blossom and the lakes reflect the deep blue sky. Up in the mountains, summer temperatures can be high and sunbathing is just one of the many activities on offer. If you like sports and adventure then you’ll love the French Alps when it’s not ski season. White water rafting, abseiling, mountain biking, swimming, mountaineering, golf, hiking and so much more make the French Alps one of the most fun places to go for active holidays. And for foodies, this area is paradise with its lovely street markets, local cheeses and a whole raft of delicious specialities. Prepare to be won over by Summer in the French Alps!
Awesome Annecy Annecy is known as the petit Venice des Alpes thanks to its famous lake plus a network of little canals criss crossing the town. It’s a truly beautiful small city that’s blessed with more than one gorgeous lake, local ski resorts, stunningly pretty villages close by, awesome views, and fabulous local produce - including the most delicious cheese. (caused by plankton on the bottom of the lake) is said to be the purest in Europe, fed by melted snow on the mountains. Pop into the Annecy Tourist office – there’s always something going on from festivals to exhibitions: lac-annecy.com The old town of Annecy is an absolute must see, it’s not huge and is easy to walk around but pick up a map from the tourist office to get your bearings because there are lots of winding narrow roads and it would be easy to miss something - and you don't want to do that! Annecy’s most famous attraction is of course it’s lake, one of the most beautiful in the world. The turquoise coloured water
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