Alpine Retreat

Alpine Retreat

by NormaK

Before starting back at work, I spent a few days in Chambéry visiting the surrounding area. The town is located in the heart of the Rhône-Alpes region in Southeastern France. With mountain ranges and national parks and lakes and is minutes to the Alpine heartland of France.

Aix-les-bains-et-le-lac-du-bourget

Aix les Bains, which is just 10 minutes by train from Chambéry, is also a nice town, with an old centre, but the highlight was Lake Bourget, the biggest natural lake in France. I took my lunch and just sat on a bench and gazed out onto the lake, it was so peaceful and beautiful.

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My favourite town in this area though would have to be Annecy, lying on the northern tip of a lake and just 35 kilometers south of Geneva. It is known as the Venice of Savoie. The medieval town centre built around a 14th century Chateau is dissected by small canals and streams running out of of the lake, which is clean, fresh and a wonderful azure colour. Its such a pretty town with the colourful buildings lining the canals and little bridges dotted around the place.

Laclusaz

I'm neither much of a snow-bunny nor a skier, but do like the authentic village in La Clusaz.  Friends tell me the pistes are good – I can only vouch for the hot chocolate and fondue…