La porte Sainte-Claire
Cette porte dont le nom veut évoquer le souvenir de l'ancien couvent de Clarisses, édifié à proximité, est restée intacte : ses gonds usés, ses machicoulis, son clocheton témoignent assez du role joué par cette entrée de ville ouverte en direction d'Aix-Les-Bains et de Chambéry. Elle débouche sur le faubourg Sainte-Claire fermé à son extrémité par une large porte en ogive : "la porte du sépulcre" qui constituait une avant-défense de la cité.
This door whose name wants to evoke the memory of the former convent of Clarisses, built close by, remained intact: its worn-out hinges, its machicoulis, its clocheton testifies enough the role played by this open city entry in direction of Aix-les-Bains and of Chambery. It clears on the suburb Saint-Claire closed to its extremity by a large door in ogive: " the door of the sepulcher " that constituted one before - defense of the city.
Pont de la Caille
The Bridge of the Pont de la Caille or Charles-Albert, is located at the north of Annecy. This suspension bridge, built in 1839, 192 meters length, and overhanging Usses of 147 metres, is one of older bridges of this type still in service. The bridge was drawn by engineer E. Belin and was the only bridge to cross the gorge during one century. The vehicles take since 1939 the bridge with arches which borders it.
take a stroll around the lake, it s a really nice atmosphere and in the summer time lots of people just seating around in the park in front of the"prefecture".
or you can take a ferry boat and discover the surrendings of the lake.
or rent a pedalo.
there are also a few beach if you d rather have a swim and relax.
Annecy - a most beautiful lake in Europe
"Lake Annecy and old town"
The city is really picturesque. Its like a village you have long waited to see. Its a small city and you see a lot of cafe, bars, restaurants and shops. It is rather crowded in summer.
You take TGV from Paris or take a bus from Geneva (see my Geneva transport tip).
When i was working in Geneva, my mother from Japan annually visited me and we used to visit this lake city. Since then, every time I come here, I am reminded of her happy smile.
Every corner tempts you to take picture. Surprisingly, the big old house in the middle was an ancient prison. It must have been nice to be prisoned in such a place with a nice view (if it is not too long, of course).
"Crystal clear lake of beauty"
It is said that lake Annecy is one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe and its water is so lean. One can see the bottom of the lake, the fact of which attracts a lot of swimmers in summer. The combination of the beautiful lake and the old village makes Annecy a very popular place to visit in all seasons.
One of France's hidden gems
I first visited Annecy as long ago as 1988. On a family trip to France for 2 weeks, we made Annecy our base for much of the holiday. It certainly made an impression on me as I could remember it years later much more so than other childhood holiday destinations.
My next visit was 12 years later, when we stopped for a day on our interrail trip around France.
Annecy is about 3 hours from Lyon by train and is located near the Swiss border. The one thing that struck me arriving here was the freshness of the air - I certainly had been living in big cities for too long. Aside from Paris, Annecy is my favourite French town. I'd really like to live here one day.