Annecy is an outdoor paradise. You can’t help but be active and outdoors. As a result, most people are trim and fit. Even the school field trips focus on fitness and the beauty of the outdoors. These kids are learning to kayak.
Outdoor Activities Observed
- Paddle Boards – standing up on one of these takes a lot of balance.
- Waterskiing – only in designated areas. This was at the far side of the lake.
- Paddle Boats – they always look more fun when you watch them than when you are in them pedalling and steering without making much progress.
- Hiking – I really blend in with my backpack and trekking poles.
- Biking – racers, tandem and comfort bikes. We chose the latter!
- Scuba Diving
- Gliding – parachuters were launching from the top of the Alps
- Catamaraning (Is that even a word?)
- Picnicing – families, friends, lovers
- Volleyball – sand and grass
- Tennis – mostly clay courts like the French Open
- Swimming – pools and in the lake
- Sunbathing – yes, there were a few topless women, but I can only assume that they are getting a large dose of vitamin D because their physiques were not attractive.
- Birdwatching – mergansers, grebes and, of course, the majestic swans
- Rock Climbing
- Camping – I wonder where they store their RVs and tents?
- Motorcycling – Rob and I have a licenses from a weekend certification course but will NEVER use them.
- Skateboarding – foot, electric or dog powered.
- Inline skates
- Scooters – manpower or electric
And this is all that I saw around the lake in one day!!!
We went hiking before we settled in for a picnic in the park.
French Haircut (very detailed)
Once we decided to take this yearlong adventure, I started to make a plan of action regarding my hair. Here is what I knew:
- You are a loyal customer since your hairdresser learns how your hair behaves. I would not be able to return to anyone who does my hair.
- Hair color matching is an art in itself. I would not be able to color my hair on the trip.
- Highlighting helps to give depth and interest after you have colored it all one shade. I would not be highlighting my hair.
- Hair care involves shampoos and conditioners. I would not be able to bring these large and often expensive items.
- Hair styling involves blow dryers and round brushes, mousse, gels and sprays. These items can’t come either.
So about one year ago, I decided to go gray. First, it was a short haircut so I didn’t have a “road of gray” also called a “skunk stripe”. There is about an inch of gray hidden in this haircut.
Once I had a good amount of gray, I went very short and spikey. This was fun and looked great, but my ears were always cold!! I also added some cat eye glasses as contact-wearing is over due to blepharitis, or dry eye.
Lastly, I was in “grow it out” mode and once I had some length, I got a loose perm (much to the sadness of my hairdresser who wanted it to be tight.)
Today, I had my first haircut on the road. Laura of Zepanek Coiffeurs gave me a wonderful haircut. (She was actually already booked but wanted to practice her English so she moved out a previously scheduled client.)
Laura thinks Americans are friendly. She lived in Washington, DC, for a year while her father, a cardiologist, learned better techniques. Her father encourages his children to learn English.
I told her about my brother, Dr. Jeff Boone. He is a preventative heart disease doctor. He is an excellent and entertaining speaker and gives speeches all over the world. Dr. Boone believes that no one should ever die of a heart attack. You can see some of his speeches online.
Laura put a weighted rubberized mat around my neck to keep the hair from getting in my shirt. (It felt like the vest that they put on you when you get an x-ray at the dentist.) She cut my hair dry. Then I was shampooed with a purple shampoo which is a must for gray hair.
Then a unique styling technique where dripping wet hair is squeezed free of water. (No rubbing back and forth to dry.) Then squeezed and lifted with a towel all the while scrunching it upward. Now just let it dry and don’t touch it.
All fixed up AND I have a place to go. Rob found an a capella vocal concert performed in the historic castle called Chateau d’Annecy. Additionally, there was a performance of a sonata by flute and piano that I really enjoyed as I have played both instruments.
Music certainly is the universal language – understood by all.