Annecy & Geneva
Trip Start May 01, 2008
43Trip End Jun 24, 2009
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I imagine at the height of summer Annecy would be quite crowded, as it is only half an hour to the mountains in one direction and about the same to Geneva (Switzerland) in the other direction. So as we had just come from the mountains we headed off to Geneva.
Unfortunately it was a rather rainy dull day, but it cleared up enough for us to have a walk around the city, and for Howard to ogle all the watch and knife shops which seemed to be everywhere
We had decided to stay here but yet again there was some sort of convention on and it was booked out so we headed back to France and stopped in a quaint little place called "Divonne les Bains" There are apparently Thermal Baths here, but as I write this we have yet to find them. There is however a casino. At first we thought it was just poker machines (a room filled with 350 of them), but then we found the other rooms. They were quite small, although very plush, only one stud Poker table; one blackjack and two roulette tables in operation. We boring old farts still didn't play though! H was intrigued watching one very large Arab chap playing on a roulette table by himself watched by two others, one who looked like his son. He kept putting huge piles on all over the table at random, and lost the lot every time. Guess that put us off somewhat! We found out later that it was here that the record European jackpot of 1,312,518euros was won with a stake of 2.29euros. If I had known that earlier I might have dabbled!!!!
From mountains to rolling hills
We set off from Divonne north towards Besancon after looking for and accidentally stumbling across the source of the great spring "La Divonne" which is the start of the river which flows into Lake Leman at Versoix
Heading north we hit the Jura mountains and passed through many tiny towns devoted to skiing. There seemed to be a never ending network of ski lifts and delightful Swiss cottages catering to the winter trade, rather quiet at the moment. At one lay over where we stopped for a coffee and a couple of "to die for" French tarts (strawberry and lemon) we could see Geneva and its large water jet, the same as the one in Canberra, though I suspect a bit higher. Suddenly a semi came screaming to a halt with smoke billowing from the break pads. The driver jumped out with the fire extinguisher and liberally sprayed the flames, before getting on his mobile phone and I suspect calling for help. We didn't fancy his chances of going down that way with suspect brakes as we had just crawled up it in fairly low gear the whole way!! But then we are driving a Citroen C3 and our Getz has more guts!!
Seems that morning tea is the time for excitement, as yesterday, when we stopped by the side of the lake at Geneva there was an emergency helicopter there, and soon an ambulance arrived and loaded someone onto it and flew off