Located just 5kms from Annecy, is the lakeside town of Sevrier.
Here, is the beautiful neo-gothic St. Blaise Church, that was built in 1887.
We stopped here, and I had a look at the Church inside and out, then went for a little walk.
The view's over the lake to the Mountain's are excellent, a good location for some nice photo's.
Just 30kms from Annecy we came across Lac Du Bourget, the largest and the deepest lake in France.
The lake has a few River's that enter it, the main one is the River Leysse. It was interesting to read that a Fish named [Bezoule] was found in this Lake, and is now extinct.
I thought it was a lovely area. We pulled up at Lakeside park, where there were seat's and a paved bicycle/walking track around the Lake.
The water was calm, and the views lovely. Mountain's and village's, and on the Lake were yacht's and fishing boat's.
By me, the Swan's were feeding and it looked to be an area for bird life. I could imagine this Lake being a very popular spot in Summer!
From Annecy, head to Aix-Les-Bains
The town of Andilly (which is not too far from Annecy) holds a medieval faire each spring starting the weekend of Pentecost (end of May normally) and also the following weekend.
The area where this fair is held is a beautiful woodland, with little encampments in the clearings and mock villages set up and real people acting out the roles of knights, peasants, artisans etc.. There were for example jousting displays, falconry, jugglers, battle re-enactments etc. all day long starting from 10am. Plenty of things for kids !
To reach Andilly - follow the signs when leaving Annecy to reach Cruseilles via Route Nationale 201, and this will lead you to Andilly which is just a few km past Cruseilles on the same road.
If going from Grenble or Chamonix, take the Cruseilles exit from the A41 motorway to get to RN 201.
2004 prices were 13euros for adults and 7 euros for children. Note that all the signs and presentations are in French so be sure you take a phrase book with you if you don't know the language well.....
Comporte un petit bassin creusé dans une niche et surmonté du buste du philosophe. Une inscription rappelle que c'est à cet emplacement, tout près de la petite maison habitée par Madame de Warens, aujourd'hui disparue, que Jean-Jacques Rousseau découvrit celle qu'il allait appeler « Maman » le jour de Pâques fleuri 1728. L'écrivain a longuement évoqué dans ses Confessions son séjour à Annecy qui devait se prolonger jusqu'en 1730. Il retrouvera deux ans plus tard Mme de Warens aux Charmettes près de Chambéry.
Include a small basin dug in a dog house and surmounted of the philosopher's bust. An enrollment recalls that it is at this site, very near of the small lived house by Mrs. de Warens, today extinct, that Jean-Jacques Rousseau discovered the one that he was going to call «Mom» the day of Easter in bloom 1728. The writer evoked for a long time in his Confessions his stay in Annecy that had to continue until 1730. He will recover two years later Mrs. de Warens in the Charmetteses close to Chambery.
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.
I had read about a gorge located near Annecy. It was 2kms from the town of Poisy, so we took a bus and after a few requests for directions we walked down a busy curvey highway, which we were told would take us to the gorge entrance -- well the cars were traveling too fast around the curves and the only place to walk was on this very narrow road. We chickened out and went back and ate ice cream (one my favorite things in France) on a park bench and enjoyed this little town.
The Gorges du Fier is about10 km from the west of ANNECY, it is touted as the most grandiose phenomenon of erosion by a river.
The GORGES DU FIER is classified as the most attractive curiosity of the French Alps. Since 1869, it's accessible to public by a footbridge suspended 27 meters above the torrent of the river.
Oh well, the town of Poisy was picture perfect and the ice cream was wonderful - also the bus ride gave us more beautiful vistas of the Alps.
74330 LOVAGNY FRANCE
If you're driving towards CHAMBERY - ALBERTVILLE - POISY.
In Lovagny which is only 10km from Annecy you can find this interesting area which the river Fier over the centuries has carved into a slot canyon in the middle of otherwise normal looking farmland. There is a small entry fee for seeing this. The access is very easy (compare this to the section of the Verdon Gorge called the Styx in looks but to see that area you must be prepared to do a decent hike) for elderly since it is all on a raised walkway. No need for hiking boots or fitness. There is also a chateau to visit nearby called the Chateau de Montrottier which is a chateau built in the 13th and 14th centuries. The visits to the chateau are only done with a guide and there is also a fee for this. You can ask for translations of the visit if you do not speak French, which will be handed to you on paper which you can read as you are lead to each room.
Only open Spring - Fall - 15 March - 15 October.
From Annecy take the N508 towards Belllegarde and then turn onto the D14 to reach Lovagny.
This area looks off the beaten track. I can't remember if we did walk here but it sure looks nice! We did at one point go for a long walk alongside the lake, and found a great spot to have quiet picnic. There were very few people around other than us and a couple of French women, sunbathing topless. If there is a heaven, this might have been it
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.
Here is the glacier. If you make this trip take a coat even in summer, it's a little chilly. From the end station you can make hiking trips into the mounatin, including ones on the glacier itself (proper clothing/equipment required).
And this is the big castle. It's huge for sure! You can also take a look inside, but this costs money.
Don't forget to walk into town and walk all the way up. You will find castles here. On the picture you can see the small chateau.
Geneva in Switzerland is only 2 1/2 hours from Annecy by train, incuding a change at Aix Les Bains (which is a nice Spa town in it's own right).
The Alpine ski resort of Chamonix is only 2 1/2 hours from Annecy by train (including a change of train at St. Gervais Les Bains Le Fayet). It's a good place for a day trip in the summer.