Monday, 18 July 2016

Tour de France beauty

The Tour de France is heading towards the Alps this week and will showcase our beautiful Haute Savoie region over three Stages. Take particular note of Stage 19 on Friday the 22nd July when the Tour will pass through our village of Talloires on the Annecy Lake. 

  • Stage 18. 21st July. Time trial from Sallanches to Megève
  • Stage 19.  22nd July. Mountain Stage from Albertville to St Gervais. Passing by Lake Annecy and through our village of Talloires before tackling the Col de La Forclaz
  • Stage 20.  23rd July. Mountain Stage from Megève to Avoriaz passing over the Col des Aravis that divides the Haute Savoie from the Savoie.

Here is an avant-goût (taster) of the beauty that you will see. For more images of the village and the area do take a look at our personal site:

The bay of Talloires

Looking across the Annecy Lake to Duingt. Look closely to see the castle on the tip of the promontory.

The Dents de Lanfon are in the background

Hop off and on the ferry to visit the Annecy Lake

The Bauges Mountains with Talloires in the foreground.

Our gorgeous village of Talloires

The village

The Abbey - now a hotel but originally a monastery. Due to celebrate it's 1000 years in 2018!

The water of the lake is perfect for swimming, boating...

If you haven't visited - it really is worthwhile.

And, for more information about the Tour - click here


  1. What a gorgeous place! Just beautiful and so peaceful looking.

  2. Stunning natural beauty, so well cared for by its inhabitants. I'll bet they are very careful not to let the lake get polluted. What a lovely acqua color it is. Wish I were there right now!

    1. The lake is spectacular and great care is taken to keep it's reputation of being one of the cleanest. In summer, it is wonderful for swimming, water-skiing, kayaking or just relaxing on its grassy 'beaches'. In winter, it is spectacular, too, with the boats covered in snow. But, for me, the fact that you can be in the middle of the lake and look up to the mountains around makes it even more incredible. Do come and visit!

  3. Really loved the images Catherine, I've tried to post a comment before but it doesn't seem to have come through.

    1. Thanks Andrea. France is a beautiful country.
      All the very best with the countdown to your forthcoming move.

  4. Wow, you're right. The village and scenery are gorgeous. You must pinch yourself everyday that you live in the middle of a fairytale. I'll be watching the tour so wave at me!
    Thanks for playing along with Dreaming of France. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

    1. Ah Paulita. The thing is I'll be watching on my television too ... We couldn't quite organise to be in Talloires at the right time. Having lived there for several years with our children (the subject of my book 'But you are in France, Madame'), we had to return to Australia for a while. More on that next post ... Good luck with your recent novel.

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