Boat ride on Lac du Bourget

At the end of the hike to Mont de Corsuet and Montagne de la Biolle, I went on a cruise on Lac du Bourget. I chose the 1h “Découverte” (Discovery) tour operated by Compagnie des Bateaux du lac du Bourget: Starting at the Grand Port in Aix-les-Bains, the boat goes to the Hautecombe Abbey on the north-western area of the lake and back.

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Grand Port of Aix-les-Bains

The Grand Port is a marina in Aix-les-Bains, on the eastern shore of Lac du Bourget. Beyond the marina, the area also has a promenade, parks and piers with a good view on the lake and the surrounding mountains. It is also where the cruise boats of the Compagnie des Bateaux du lac du Bourget depart from.

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Spido Rotterdam Harbour Tour

Spido Rotterdam Harbour Tour is a boat tour in Rotterdam: It starts near the Erasmusbrug in the center of the city and goes along the Nieuwe Maas river all the way to the port of Rotterdam, one of the busiest in the world. It is possible to see the shipyards, docks and the transshipping of containers. The tour lasts 75 minutes.

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Boat ride to Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island

After Pier 39, I boarded a boat to have a closer look at the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.

Above, the sea lions of Pier 39.

Above, SS Jeremiah O’Brien.

Above, Alcatraz Island.

Above, Golden Gate Bridge.

Above, Palace of Fine Arts (built for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition).

Above, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Above, going around Alcatraz Island.

Above, Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower.

Above, back at Pier 39.

Walk in Amsterdam

Starting in Museumplein, I walked to the canals in the center of Amsterdam. Near Amsterdam Centraal, I took a free ferry across the IJ to Amsterdam North (Noord). I went inside the EYE Filmmuseum then walked along the shore for a bit. I then crossed the IJ again and walked towards the Science Center NEMO.

Above, ice rink in Museumplein.

Above, “I amsterdam” sign in front of Rijksmuseum.

Above, Rijksmuseum.

Above, lobby of Rijksmuseum.

Above, Bloemenmarkt (Flower Market).

Above, Nieuwmarkt.

Above, Zeedijk Tempel (Chinese Buddhist Temple) near the Red Light District.

Above, the famous Banana Bar.

Above, Oude Kerk.

Above, Amsterdam Centraal railway station.

Above, on the ferry across the IJ river to Amsterdam North.

Above, EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM tower in Amsterdam North

Above, Amsterdam Centraal railway station.

Above, inside the EYE Filmmuseum.

Above, at the end of the promenade.

Above, crossing the IJ again.

Above, public library.

Above, Science Center NEMO.

Boat tour in Dubai

For my second day in Dubai, I had booked a boat tour with Yellow Boats in advance. The 90min tour goes through the Dubai Marina, the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab, which is a bit further away. I went on the first tour of the day (9am), so there were not a lot of people on the boat.

Above, view of Cayan Tower from the boat, still docked.

Above, a mosque in construction.

Above, Marina Mall.

Above, Yacht Club.

Above, Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Above, abra.

Above, exiting the Dubai Marina.

Above, Jumeirah Beach.

Above, hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.

Above, the Atlantis. We stopped a few minutes for pictures.

Above, Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai in the distance.

Above, Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Above, Persian Gulf.

Above, Jumeirah Palm in the distance.

Above, on the way back to the Dubai Marina.

Above, the artificial Logo Island, owned by Dubai’s ruler.

Above, this is the site where the ruler of Dubai parks his superyacht.

Above, under the bridge that leads to the Palm Jumeirah.

Above, reentering the Marina.

Above, Cayan Tower.

Above, back at the docks.

Boat ride on Lac d’Annecy

After looking at the Lac d’Annecy from all angles  from the surrounding mountains or the shore, I decided to go on a cruise. I went for the 2 hour cruise, which goes to all the way to Doussard, at the south of the lake, and back. It makes a few stops on the way so it is possible to hop off and on later, but I just stayed on board for the whole loop.

Above, northern shore of the lake.

Above, castle of Annecy.

Above, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Visitation.

Above, Mont Veyrier.

Above, looking south.

Above, Semnoz.

Above, taxi boat.

Above, at Veyrier-du-Lac.

Above, Dents de Lanfon, Lanfonnet and Tournette.

Above, at Menthon.

Above, Palace de Menthon.

Above, Castle of Menthon-Saint-Bernard.

Above, cliffs of Roc de Chère.

Above, Montagne d’Entrevernes.

Above, abbaye of Talloires (now a hotel).

Above, at Talloires.

Above, entering the Petit Lac (southern part of Lake Annecy).

Above, Castle of Duingt (Château de Châteauvieux).

Above, Taillefer.

Above, at Angon.

Above, southern shore of the lake.

Above, Taillefer, with Montagne d’Entrevernes and Roc des Boeufs in the background.

Above, former stone quarry on the Taillefer.

Above, marshland of Réserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac.

Above, Montagne du Charbon.

Above, at Doussard.

Above, the boat was almost empty before but a lot of people embarked at Doussard.

Above, castle of Duingt from up close.

Above, La Tournette.

Above, at Saint-Jorioz.

Above, beach of Saint-Jorioz, with the Semnoz in the background.

Above, church of Sévrier.

Above, almost back in Annecy.

Above, back on land.

Boat ride on the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay

From Asakusa, an alternative to walking for reaching Tokyo Bay is to take the Tokyo Cruise Ship water bus. It follows the Sumida River southwards until Hamarikyu Garden and Hinode Pier. It is then possible to switch boat to pass under the Rainbow Bridge and reach Odaiba.

Above, in Asakusa.

Above, Tsukiji Fish Market.

Above, Rainbow Bridge spanning Tokyo bay.

Above, Fuji TV Building in Odaiba.

Above, Yokoso Building.

Above, at Hinode Pier.

Above, looking north.

Above, Toyosu Island.

Above, under the Rainbow Bridge.

Above, Dai-San-Daiba Park.

Above, Odaiba and Fuji TV Building.

Above, in Odaiba.

Takeshiba Pier

Takeshiba Pier is a combination of ferry terminal and promenade. This is where the ferries to the Izu and Ogasawara islands depart from. It also has a great view on the Rainbow Bridge and the mouth of the Sumida River.

Above, Harumi Passenger Ship Terminal.

Above, Rainbow Bridge.

Above, Sumida River.

Above, jet ferry to the Izu islands.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Above, inside the ferry terminal.

Above, on the way to Hamamatsucho.