3 place Arthur Lavy, Annecy, 74370, France
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Travel ideas in Annecy
I am coming to Annecy for the Annecy Festival. After 12th June, plan to go on a tour around Annecy. Suggest some places that are not far, but has village life experience. Maybe do some work on the farms, cycle around and get the flavor of medieval France.
Want to experience the next five days living simple daily life that ordinary people live in that part of the world. Want to live REAL LIFE, not cosmetic busy city life.
Please recommend and help!!
Re: Travel ideas in Annecy
There is a wonderful bicycle path around Lac Annecy. If you want more challenge, go up into the mountains.
St. Jean de Sixt is a cute small town near La Clusaz. Thones is a bit larger but quite nice. La Clusaz has interesting parts but is a bustling ski resort that opens the pists to hikers out of ski season.
If you truly want to experience medieval France, go to Burgundy and volunteer at Guedelon. They are building a castle there using 13th century methods and materials and have, in the process, built a complete village where they literally live a 13th century life. It is, I might add, swamped with visiting school groups and tourists galore but is still extremely interesting.
Near Annecy, look for a farm auberge. You might make arrangements with one of them to be allowed to help with some of the work. A bit of experience would help, of course. You could also check Gites de France and choose one on a farm or in a small village and contact the owners to see if you could help for a few days. http://www.gites-de-france.com/gites/uk/rural_gites
Good luck and enjoy a gorgeous area of France.
Re: Travel ideas in Annecy
Hi, Thank you so much! I really appreciate the time you took to reply and that too so quickly.
I am taking a printout of your reply and shall keep it with me during my travel there. Also I am looking forward to creating a videoblog, a picture book and a complete blog of my travel. These three would be interlinked.
So looking forward to attending hopefully some personal events like marriage etc in a family.
Thank you once again.
Travel Tips for Annecy
L'hôtel de Sales
Il présente une belle façade ornée de bustes de personnages évoquant les 4 saisons. Cet hôtel édifié par la famille de Sales au XVII ème siècle a servi de résidence à certains princes de la Maison de Savoie lors de leur passage à Annecy. Ce fut également le siège de la « Banque de Savoie » qui concurrença la « Banque de France » dans les premières années qui suivirent l'Annexion de 1860.
You can also go down to the...
You can also go down to the glacier and visit the slightly 'tacky' tourist trap of the Ice Caves. Inside are sculptures carved in ice. It's OK, but it is a long walk down and back up again, so if you are old, infirm or unfit think carefully about making this trip.
the "palais de 'ile"
it was the house of the Annecy chatelain around the 12 century then became the "administratif hotel" when the count of Geneva settled in Annecy.
then it was used as a prison and was doomed to be demolished at the end of the 19th century but was saved when it was classified as an historical monument.
nowdays, it houses exhibitions and museum.
"Day at the lake"
We only had a day out at Lake Annecy, it is a very charming old place, reminded me a bit of Venice, lots of little bridges along the river that leads to the lake itself, it is medievial and looks it, there are many bistros and cafes to eat at, we had a nice Anglo Saxon breakfast at one of them were the waitress squeezed fresh orange juice for us, to go with our scrambled egg and bacon with coffee, all for £3 we then had a walk around in and out of all the cobbled squares, looking in the cute little shops, before walking back to the lake itself, it was really turquoise, you could get a boat around it. Away from the lake it becomes more modern. I dont think i would stay in Annecy, but it was a good day out.