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    RIVER THIOU

    by balhannah Updated Dec 27, 2011

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    Have you ever known a River to be only 3.5kms in length?
    I hadn't, that is, until I came to Annecy!

    The River Thiou which runs through Annecy via canal's, is only 3.5kms long, and is one of the shortest rivers in Europe.
    Not only is that historical, but so is the old city centre where it runs through, and it is such a pretty turquoise Blue!

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    PLAGE DES MARQUISATS

    by balhannah Updated Dec 27, 2011

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    This is a public beach on Lake Annecy, and is close to the City of Annecy.

    The lake is a temperature of 22-25 ° C, and has several beaches for swimming. People were swimming and having fun in this area, there was a bikeway, seating and lawn's.
    Out on the Lake, looked to be a Yacht race taking place.
    It was a nice area to take a break and enjoy the Lake and Mountain view's.

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    CHATEAU DE MONTROTTIER

    by balhannah Written Dec 27, 2011

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    When we were leaving Gorges du Fier, we noticed a signpost pointing to Chateau De Montottier.
    We drove there, but you could easily walk, as it is less than 1km.
    The Castle was built between the 13th & 15th centuries, and is a pentagonal fortress with a cylindrical Tower and Battlement's.

    We just viewed from the outside, but you are able to visit the inside.

    ADMISSION FOR ADULT'S.....8 euro

    Guided tours take 1.15 hours

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    Take a Walk

    by Beausoleil Written Jun 2, 2011

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    Annecy is very walkable. You visit the European Gardens along the lake and walk across the Pont des Amours, a beautiful ironwork bridge. Walk through the Old Town enjoying the shops and cafes. Hike up the hill to the chateau and back down for lunch along the canal or river. Make a stop in Saint Pierre and if you're lucky, you'll hear some musicians practicing.

    Old Town Annecy Palace on the Island or Old Jail Pont des Amours Old Town with the chateau above Chateau entrance
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    St. Maurice Church

    by Maria81 Updated Apr 24, 2011

    The church has been started in early 15th century on the initiative of Cardinal de Brogny as a chapel of a Dominican convent, but is in a more restrained Gothic style than your typical one. Families and artisan corporations have constructed and dedicated a number of chapels in the nave and these are not to be missed (keep an eye out for signs, as a couple where reserved for prayer only).

    Also a must is the ancient "trompe l'oeil" painting, dating back to the earliest years of the church. There is also excellent stained glass (including the one depicting Christ offering the bread and wine).

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    Visitors center

    by Martinewezel Written Jan 11, 2010

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    We got ourselves a map and the small guide with several walks in town, called "Promenades en ville". I can imagine the Visitors Center also provides the guide in English.
    We chose the 2 hours walk in the old town, which took the whole day, while we included a museum visit, a boat tour, lunch and dinner.

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    The Former Prison

    by Maria81 Updated Jan 9, 2010

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    Where?

    On an island in the middle of the Thiou canal

    What?

    Palais de l'Isle was built in the 12th century as the residence of the local lord first, and then the rulers of Geneva. Now, it's among the most photographed monuments in France - some say it's the most photographed, but beating the Eiffel Tower? Who knows...

    After having been a residence, it became a courthouse, a mint, and them a prison. It's a museum now, featuring exhibitions on local history and culture.

    Annecy's Most Photographed Building
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    Carnaval vénitien d'Annecy

    by Klod5 Written Mar 6, 2007

    Tous les ans un carnaval vénitien se déroule dans la ville, organisé par l'association ARIA. En 2007, plus de 180 masques étaient présents. Après un défilé dans la vieille ville, une présentation est faite sur podium, puis les personnages masqués déambulent dans la vieille ville et au bord du lac pour le plus grand bonheur d'une horde (sauvage) de photographe amateurs ou professionels, et pour le ravissement des touristes.

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    Eglise de St Maurice

    by Kate-Me Updated Jul 21, 2006

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    L'eglise de St Maurice, consecrated in 1442, is well known for its rather macarbre 15th century mural of a decomposing corpse, found to the left of the altar.
    It marks the tomb of Philibert de Monthoux, a one time annecy noble. The macabre mural was finished a whole 2 years before its patron’s death and is thought to reflect anxiety over the 100 years war.

    exterior of St Maurice Church stained glass windows in Eglise St Maurice
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  • RENT A CITROEN 2CV !! TURN BACK THE CLOCK !

    by MarcLapierre Written Jun 28, 2006

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    I just came back from the French Alps a few weeks ago and we rented two citroen 2 CV ! What an amazing ride in the most popular car ever made in France !!! We went to Annecy, Chamonix and Aix-les-Bains by some of the most scenic routes we have ever seen in our lives... The name of the company is Route des Souvenirs and they are just great to deal with. They are based in Chambery.... They give you the inside scoops on where to go, what to see, where to eat in the Alps.... I really recommend renting these cars, its the perfect way to discover the French Alps... Really old school !! Check out the website: www.route-des-souvenirs.com

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    Basilica : Lake view, stained glass and wax models

    by iNorv9 Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    Perched atop a hill overlooking the Lac d'Annecy, the Basilica of the Visitation provides a nice vantage point of the lake and the surrounding mountains. Inside you'll find a large mosaic above the alter, several stain-glass windows, and two shrines to Saint Francois and Saint Jeanne containing wax models wearing their actual clothing.... or so they say.

    Bottom-line: Nice church, but even better view from the esplanade

    Annecy Basilica Interior of Annecy Basilica

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    Explore Old Town: Just follow the River Thiou

    by iNorv9 Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    Many of the buildings in Old Town Annecy haven't been changed for hundreds of years, giving it a nice rustic feel. The emerald green River Thiou often lined with blooming flowers serves as a good guide as you pass among plenty of little shops and some great traditional architecture.

    Bottom-line: The heart and soul of the town, no trip is complete without a little stroll through its cobblestone streets

    Old Town river blossoms View down the River Thiou Canal on the River Thiou

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    Saint-Francois church

    by Lilasel Written Nov 16, 2005

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    Constructed in the 16th century as the chapel of the first Visitation monastery called "The Holy Source, it has had a brilliant past due to the splendour of the beatification and canonization of Saint-Fran‡ois-de-Sales and Saint-Jeanne-de-Chantal whose tombs it enclosed. The church, which was richly endowed by all the princes in Europe who made it a place of Pilgrimage, was subject to the biggest downfall at the time of the Revolution. Partially demolished, completely cut up, only the tenacity of a group of faithful followers allowed the whole to be bought back at the end of the last century, then restored and opened for worship once more in 1923, and finally it was acquired by the town in 1968.

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    The Sainte-Claire gate

    by Lilasel Written Nov 16, 2005

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    This gate, whose name recalls the memory of the old Clarisses convent built nearby, has remained intact : its worn hinges, its machicolations, its bell-turret are witnesses to the important role of this town entrance which opens in the direction of Aix-les-Bains and Chambéry. It opens onto the faubourg Sainte-Claire (suburb) which is itself closed at its extremity by a large pointed arch gate : "The Sepulchre Gate" which made up the City's pre-defence.

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    Rue Sainte-Claire

    by Lilasel Written Nov 16, 2005

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    Bordered by irregular arcades, this street, whose existence dates back to the very origins of the town whose main route it made up, still surprises us today, by its width as well as by the spacious dimensions of the paths underneath the arches.

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