every sunday morning (so i ve been told) , the market takes place in the old town called le veil Annecy.
it attracts a lot of people and gives a real buzz to the town, it s so crowded that in some of the streets you cant even walk.
you will find vegetables, all sort of cheeses( the "tome de Savoie" and the "roblochon" are tipycal from the region ), artisanal decoration, clothing, artisanal bread and much more.
do not worry, people dont have to take a boat to get to their houses, they can get in by a back street.
i ve visited annecy a lot, but i still can get enough of how pretty it is.
it s often called the "savoyarde venise" and has attracted a lot of artist who would come to paint it.
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.
There are quite a few shopping streets in the Old Town. All tastes and budgets are catered for. Probably the busiest of all the shopping streets is Rue St Claire which is lined with many historical buildings some with arcades with clothing shops, gift shops, craft type shops not to mention cafes and ice cream parlours galore.
There are some very good little clothing shops which are not overly expensive. As a matter of fact when I was wandering around the shops in Annecy, I was quite surprised to find that there were many bargains to be had.
There is a street market selling fresh fruit and veg and some clothing items and such, that operates on Fridays that I know for certain, but probably other days as well. This however, is not the best street market to be found in France, sadly. Not by a long shot.
"Doing the shops" is a sure way to fill a few hours very easily.
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.
One of my most frequent tips in towns and cities in Europe is to go for a walk and see what there is to explore in more detail. With Annecy there are two different walks that I would suggest. The first one is to walk the Old Town and the second is to walk around the Lake area.
So let's have a look at what there is to see in the Old Town. I won't go into any sort of history lessons here. Anything you need to know you can find out on other sites. I just want to give you some idea of the picture postcard quality that is predominant in Annecy.
The area around the canal is particularly picturesque and is a photographer's dream.
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.
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
There is a beautiful park that runs along the lake. You can find a bench that give you a great vista of the lake and the mountains. Lots of trees and a fountain make for a cool respite in August (They also have a public restroom).
This is yet another "Shopping" tip which I see more as a "Thing to Do". I have no idea of what it is called but who cares. Stroll around the shopping streets of Annecy on the opposite side of the canal from the Castle and you won't miss it.
Even if you are not hungry and are not in the market for some fabulous food, this is still a must see, in my very humble opinion. Once again I will let the photos do the talking, but if you need a recommendation, I can sure you that the food is beyond compare.
These photos were taken from the outside of the shop, there is just as much to be found inside.
Alright, alright, I admit that we had enjoyed a glass or two of vin rouge with our dinner but on the way back to the hotel we came across an ancient building with a crooked door! We all stopped to examine it and I couldn't resist taking a photo right then and there. Only problem was that when i got back to my room and had a good look at the photo, the door looked quite normal. Next morning I showed it to my friends who were just as disappointed as I was. So not to be beaten, one of my friends went back and took another photo in the cold light of day. And voila! one crooked door.
a street in the old town of annecy, doesnt it look pretty?
i definately prefer the old town to the new one.
you ll find plenty of artisanal shops, restaurants, local food shops, and is a very lively place to be, especially in the summer time.
Jean-Jacques Humblot is an Artisan Florist of renown with one of the most fabulous flower shops that I have ever seen anywhere in the world that I have ever been.
If you are in the market for some flowers, you will most certainly be spoiled for choice here.
However, I view J J Humblot's shop as a "Thing to Do" just as much as a "Shopping" tip. I think the photo speaks for itself.
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.
There are so many wonderful sights to see in the Old town in Annecy. Here are some wonderful houses mainly residential, to be seen as you meander through the little streets and laneways. So wonderful in fact, that I could be tempted to live here even if only for part of the year. I particularly love the flowers that are so prevalent on the houses and surrounds.
Once again, you need to have that camera on standby every step of the way.
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