Today is a rest day for cyclists in the Tour before resuming battle in the Alps and arriving in Annecy on Thursday for the 40K loop around the lake. Click on the map for a closer look.
Lac d'Annecy is framed by mountains, most notably Mont Veyrier, which is a haven for paragliders. The lake covers 10.5 square miles, with an average depth of 135 ft. and is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. The villages that encircle the lake are beautiful--Veyrier, Menthon-Saint-Bernard, Talloires--each with its own unique personality and offerings.
I am sorry I will miss the Tour as I don't arrive in Annecy until early Friday morning, but I'm sure I'll experience the remnants of this exciting event.