Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Annecy, France

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SummarySurrounded by mountains and healthy-looking people, Lake Annecy is a smaller French version of Switzerland's vast Lake Geneva.

spectacular views. On a clear day, you can see Mont Blanc.

There is also a wealth of wildlife. You are more likely to hear the squeal of marmots than to see them, but the bouquetin (ibex) are far bolder.

Wolves have also been reintroduced and the locals insist they won't hurt you, although shepherds have been complaining bitterly about lost sheep.

6 p.m. - Time to head back to Annecy, either by taxi or by bicycle.

If you opted for a taxi, you could have dinner and then take the night train.

If you're on your bike, you won't be able to return it to the hire shop until morning, forcing you to spend another night with the healthy lake-dwellers.

Annecy has a wealth of eateries in the medieval centre.

It also has the Centre Bonlieu arts complex, which hosts festivals and has matinee as well as evening performances for the rainy days when the great outdoors is less alluring.

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