Lac d’Aiguebelette en Savoie

We went to Lac d’Aiguebelette today, about 20 minutes west of Chambéry. It was a bit windy and too chilly for me to go swimming, so we just drove around the entire lake and took pictures of the beautiful countryside.  Next time we’ll rent a pédalo and actually go in the water.  We first attempted to get there by taking the scenic route, but turned around once we realized it would be 45 minutes of tiny mountain passes. The only other way to get there is to take the autoroute so you can go through the mountain instead of over it.

If you speak French, you may be wondering what a weasel (belette) has to do with this lake. Nothing, actually. The name means beautiful little water and it comes from the Occitan aiga (water) and French belle (beautiful) with the suffix -ette, meaning small or little. It’s also quite fun to say over and over again (like egg-buh-let).

There are two other big lakes in the pays savoyard, lac d’Annecy and lac du Bourget, but I prefer this one because of its pretty green color and the fact that its not overly-crowded like Annecy and there are plenty of beaches you can go to, unlike Bourget.  I also did not see or hear one motorboat on the lake, so it’s very calm and peaceful.

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I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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