Sunday’s I Want To Go To There: Annecy, France

2010
05.23

Canal du Vassé - WikiCommmons

Annecy has been on top of my ‘To go’ list for a while but I didn’t get the chance to actually visit when I was in Europe last year. Now that I’m already planning my next adventure, here’s the info I’ve collected so far on this Rhône-Alpes town.

Located North of the French Alps, Annecy is an excellent highlight to any complete French trip or a great daytrip from Geneva. Well known for its eco-friendly habits, the city offers a very pure environment mixed with a charming setting and medieval architecture.

One of the main things to see in the Old Town are the canals and the pedestrian streets. The prettiest one seems to be, incontestably, Rue Sainte-Claire, dating back to the 17th century, said to be the most romantic sight of the region. Rue Royale, Rue Saint-Jean, Canal du Vassé and the Pont des amours are not to be missed.

Lac Annecy - WikiCommons

Amongst the most photographed monuments in France is the Palais de l’Isle, built in 1132 and located in the middle of the Canal de Thiou. It was last used as a prison in the WWII - cells and old Court rooms can still be visited today.

Another interesting sight is the Château d’Annecy, located on the Semnoz mountain, in the south-eastern part of the city. Built in the 12th century, it is now  the Museum of Alpine Lakes and Annecy History, thus offering outstanding views of the region and the town of Annecy and, most specifically, the Annecy Lake nearby.

Annecy Lake is the second largest lake in France and because of its strict environmental policies,  amongst the purest and cleanest bodies of water in Europe, making it an unmissable for anyone - from the watersport fan to the hedonist tourist (hello picnic) to the professional photographer. Crystal clear water reflects the surrounding mountains and creates a truly magic setting. For the art buffs, it inspired Paul Cezanne to paint Le lac bleu.

Palais de l'Isle - WikiCommons

While in the Haute-Savoie region, why not try a local cuisine speciality: the tartiflette. Made with potatoes, Reblochon cheese, cream and lardon. Definitely not the healthiest meal ever but very yummy.

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3 Responses to “Sunday’s I Want To Go To There: Annecy, France”

  1. Tara says:

    Wow! Je voudrais aller au Lac Annecy! I had never heard of it but it is so beautiful! Didn’t know it was the inspiration for “Le Lac Bleu” either. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Marie says:

    Thanks for your comment! Doesn’t this place look peaceful and slow-paced?

  3. Marie says:

    Excellent français, en passant ;)

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