I was a little concerned by the accommodation situation this morning. But in the end it turned out OK. A cheap room – by Annecy standards – turned up on Booking.com and I snapped it up. It’s a ground floor room built for those with access needs. And perhaps those who have no desire for a view. It has windows but high in the room and I dare say if I climbed to look out of them I would see a back street. It would have been perfect if I’d had the bike with me – plenty of storage room and easy to wheel it in – but I don’t. I do regret not bringing the tent. It might have made life easier. And cheaper.
There were reports of fires beside the railway line between Dijon and Lyon but my train wasn’t affected. Lyon Part-Dieu station was full of touring cyclists. Was bringing mine ever feasible? Probably not bearing in mind what I’m going to be doing as from tomorrow. Here’s the pictorial story of the day:
Annecy is in a stunning location… but full of tourists (like me) so after a wander around I took sanctuary in the much quieter and cooler museum in the chateau up the hill. Various displays as well as nice views through the windows:
Did you spot the cycling contraption? It cleverly projects an image on the screen behind that resembles the peaks of mountains. More of it in the video.
And an interesting selection of Alps-themed images. Chamonix and the (walking) Tour de Mont Blanc is my destination tomorrow. I should be in Chamonix early afternoon tomorrow to meet up with my fellow hikers, whoever they might be. All the paintings below depict the mountain itself, Mont Blanc.
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