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Around lake Annecy

We rented bicycles and went around the lake - about 30km. It took us all day with many stops along the way. The west side of the lake has a good bike path, while on the east side you ride on a narrow hilly road. But it goes right by the lake and has better views than the bike path.

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Chateau de Menthon Saint-Bernard

The first fortress was erected in the 10th century. The present buildings were constructed between the 13th and 19th centuries (which does not prevent the guides from showing the window through which St. Bernard has escaped the castle). It is still owned by the descendants of the original builder.

Bernard of Menthon - the future St. Bernard, patron saint of mountaineers - was born in the castle in 1008. He fled the castle the night before his wedding.

Uploaded: June 20, 2010