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Published: September 16th 2009
Annecy - The lake...a sea of blue!Visiting lots of new places lately but felt like Annecy truly deserve a blog so here it is!
The nature and sport lover paradise
Annecy, famous for its stunning lake set on a mountain background and charming village, has somehow managed to get the best out of its Geneva heritage and French location. Located only 35 km south of Geneva, it is the perfect week end destination for nature & sport lover!
This week end was full of laugh and emotions as it was the occasion to catch up with my cousin Marlene who lives in Albertville and meet with her lovely family. Another traveler in the family so not easy to end up in the same place in the same time but when we do we make the best out of it!
Chilled out Saturday with lots to catch up and plenty of homemade gourmet dishes followed by a sunny day in Annecy…could not have been better!
The lake…sumptuous sea of blue!
The lake is truly stunning, from light to deep blue, it is fully part of the city and daily life of residents. Huge green areas cover most of the lake side and people would just lie down
and relax while getting sun tanned. The more adventurous can go for some hiking in the mountain surrounding the lake or simply rent a small sailing boat. Kite surf and hand gliding are as well some of the favored activities and the latest is definitely on my list for the next visit!
From blue to emerald green…
Annecy is as well a little Venice with water canals spread all around the old town. Flowers and trees are everywhere turning the blue water from the lake to an emerald green color and making it all the more charming. Tiny embarkations are parked here and there, one step only from the lake and water is never too far when walking around the town…
A medieval feel…
The old town reflects the complex heritage of this city that once was the capital of the county of Geneva before being conquered by France during the French Revolution. It was then returned to the kingdom of Sardinia and finally sold to France (as part of Savoy) at the end of the 19th century.
The town is made of plenty of tiny alleys; houses are colorful with distinctive wooden crossbeam
and begonia flowers hanging from the balconies.
Its castle date from time of the count of Geneva (12th century) while the cathedral offers a more baroque feel (16th century) and the Palais de l’Isles (old prison), one of the most photographed monument in France, a 19th century touch.
Truly enjoyed walking around, nice sunny day, surprising architecture, and lovely family catch up time… Loving weekends!
Not too much text for this entry, pictures speak best when it comes to architecture and landscape!
Enjoying the few last weeks in Switzerland and hopefully will find the time to write a blog on Geneva where I have been staying for a month now. Another lovely city, lots of new friends and great catch up with old ones before heading for new adventures…
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