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Ponçon lake to the south of the

Alps was formed by damming

the Durance river to create the

second-largest man-made lake

in Europe. Still, my favourite has

to be Lac de Sainte-Croix at the

end of the Gorges du Verdon, a

canyon more than 10 km long and

3 km wide in the Var/Alpes-deHaute-Provence.

My fi rst visit here

was on a sunny June day as we

approached this stunning lake, we

were surrounded by hectare upon

hectare of lavender fi elds in full

bloom - a haze of purple fi elds to

one side with the deep blue lake

on the other - what a place to sit

and dream!

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on the Swiss side with its nearby

airport. The southern French side

boasts spa towns and resorts such

as Thonon-les-Bains and Évian-lesBains - the latter known

worldwide

for its eponymous water!

At 18 km long, Bourget is the

largest natural lake in France as

well as the deepest! Described as

both 'shimmering and romantic,'

it is the perfect spot to admire the

Epine Massif, Mont Revard, and the

Bauges at the southernmost end of

the Jura mountains. It's fascinating

watching aerial coverage of the

Tour de France as cyclists race

along its perimeter jockeying for

position almost on an annual basis!

Aix-les-Bains is the signifi cant town

here, but on the other side from

Bourget-du-Lac the lake runs along

the tree-covered mountainside of

the Dent-du-Chat, a name almost

redolent of fairytales!

There are massive lakes created

from hydroelectric schemes - Serre

lovely town of Annecy in the Haute

Savoie? Fed by mountain springs,

the water in Lake Annecy, thirdlargest

in France and reputedly

the purest in Europe, is crystal

clear. Annecy is a charming ancient

town - here you can lose yourself

in mediaeval cobbled streets

crisscrossed by winding canals and

lined with pastel-coloured houses.

Overlooking the city is the Château

d'Annecy, once home to the Counts

of Geneva. Beautiful villages dot

the shoreline and summer water

activities abound while a whole

new world of winter sports is

available just above your doorstep!

Speaking of Geneva, it would

be churlish not to mention Lake

Leman, also known as Lake Geneva,

which would count as France's

largest lake but for the fact that

it's split between Switzerland and

France! This crescent-shaped lake,

overlooked by the Alps, is home

to major cities, such as Geneva,

Lac Leman

Annecy has so much to o� er

- from its bustling town to

reputedly the clearest lake

water in France!

Lac de Sainte-Croix

Lac d'Annecy

BEAUTIFUL PROEPRTY !

Annecy

867,000 € Ref: 106848CEL74

CONTEMPORARY VILLA

Annecy

1,327,000 € Ref: 101734MAS74

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