A bit more wind today has brought out a few more sailors, though still barely any.
There’s an audio guide over the tannoy in both French and English. They tell us stuff like the width and length and depth of the lake, and what altitude we’re at, before spending most of the rest of the trip pointing out hotels and restaurants on the waterfront.
I do love me a mountain.
The route back is alongside a far more boring coast, however. We’re told that due to its location, one village is the windiest place in the vicinity; they also point out a water treatment work to us, while explaining there’s a sewage pipe all the way round the lake’s border. Laws have, since the 60s or something(?), kept the lake free of pollution and they claim it’s one of the purest and cleanest in the whole of Europe. It certainly does seem very nice.
An hour is about enough for the tour, truth told, and a 2 hour one might have got very boring - especially since the onboard drinks offering is soft only.
By the time we get off we’re still not hungry and still need to walk off the earlier cheese gluttony, so decide to head to the bit of the market where the ice rink and stuff are. Next to it is a modern shopping centre, which we go in so Helen can go queue up for a piss only to be queue jumped by Santa. Oi! Santa! What you bloody playing at?
Outside we attempt, several times, to buy a drink at one of the many drinks stalls. It’s difficult, it’s way too crowded, and we’re put off by the “band” playing above one of the bars. Accordions and very-much-sub-Edith-Piaf singing. No thanks. So y’know what, let’s walk back to the other market again and get a couple of mulled wines, which we drink near one of the “We <heart> Annecy” cable cars you can sit in.
Actually though, Helen fancies some cold wine in one of the wine caves we’ve seen around the city. So we walk, and walk, past many closed wine caves until reaching Beer o’Clock. Come on then. Misunderstanding the reload offer, I get €33 of credit (10% extra) rather than the €30 for €27 (10% discount) I’d expected. Oh well, I guess we need to drink €33 worth of beer...