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Fluke postcard from Lake Bourget, Aix-les-Bains

23 2010

I’m taking advantage of a two-day work trip to Aix-les-Bains to share a few lovely views from Lake Bourget, Savoie, France, as I know some of my regular readers to be keen on my Fluke pictures.

The great thing is that I have been travelling alone which means I have been free to do whatever I liked after work hours. I’ve been lucky to be finished early enough to take a long stroll around the lake, in time to watch the sun set over the Cat’s Tooth peak (La Dent du Chat). I even found a great spot to play my uke without being disturbed.

Contemplation is a very relaxing activity in which I like to indulge, especially after the eventful and testing past weeks.

Sunset over Lake Bourget. Notice the Cat’s Tooth peak to the left.

A view over snowy mountain peaks in the distance…

Sunset light on Lake Bourget.

My faithful Fluke on the spot I played it.

I have also used my blog-break to try and practise a Celtic arrangement by Rob MacKillop, a traditional piece called Fairy Dance, on my new ukulele, a Koaloha Pikake Concert.

This piece is probably not very difficult for more advanced players but to me it was very challenging. It felt like I could play the different ‘sentences’ OK on their own, but as soon as I tried to play the whole piece I went wrong some place.

After many attempts, I give up trying to come up with a better video than this one.  I may have to leave it for a couple of months or I’ll end up hating this lovely tune. My left hand was shaking so badly on the last part which explains the mess I made of the end of the tune.


  1. Marcelo Silva on the 23rd of March 2010 @ 21:24

    Nice pictures and really good play.

  2. Herman on the 23rd of March 2010 @ 21:26

    I have done the whole “Lac de Bourget” by Kayak! But without ukulele!

  3. Armelle Europe on the 23rd of March 2010 @ 21:40

    Marcelo : glad you liked the pictures and thanks for the kind words :)

    Herman : kayak on the Lac du Bourget must be quite nice. But I think I prefer contemplation. No wonder this place has inspired poets like Lamartine (ô temps! Suspends ton vol…)

  4. PotofBasil on the 24th of March 2010 @ 03:49

    I hope you took care in introducing the new
    uke to the old one, Armelle. Could be a touchy situation if not handled properly. Your lake photos
    are lovely, lakes are lovely, showing off to us
    something different about themselves at all times of day and night.
    In the second shot, the Fluke looks like it just
    managed to poke it’s head into the frame. Some
    day when you have students of your own, you’ll show
    them this video and you’ll all have a good laugh at it. It might not seem like it now, though.

    A few of my favorite lines of nature poetry, courtesy of William Wordsworth, an English Lake Poet, of course –

    Then sing ye birds, sing, sing a joyous song!
    And let the young lambs bound
    As to the tabor’s sound!
    We in thought will join your throng,
    Ye that pipe and ye that play,
    Ye that through your hearts today
    Feel the gladness of the May!

  5. Armelle Europe on the 24th of March 2010 @ 21:30

    Ron : I agree, lakes are lovely. Thank you for the lovely poem by W. Wordsworth.
    I am definitely not planning to ever have students, you can be thankful for that !

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