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    The Old City

    by Goner Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Annecy has an old town section with narrow streets and medieval buildings. You won't see many cars in the area so it's a very walkable area. There you will feel as if we were in a small, old French village. We found very few people here who spoke English, whether or not they understood, they didn’t speak it so be prepared.

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    The Canals

    by Goner Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    The Thiou canal is Lake of Annecy's natural spillway and has become one of the most attractive elements in the town. It’s actually a source of hydraulic energy, and a means of transport and an their water supply. The quays that run along this stream and are favored by artists who love to paint the"Savoyard Venise". The canal and bridges do give it an air of Venice.

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    Chapellerie

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 14, 2012

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    This is yet another little nook in a backstreet in Annecy that catches the eye whenever you pass. I had no idea what the word meant or what it was doing over that archway, but I felt that it made another interesting photo of Annecy so I snapped it and went on my way.

    I have since found out that "Chapellerie" is a name which is short for Chapeaux Gallerie, which of course is a French name for "Hat Shop" and through the archway is a designer hat shop of some repute.

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    J.J. Humblot

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 12, 2012

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    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.

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    SHOP'S!

    by balhannah Written Dec 27, 2011

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    SHOP'S! Plenty of them!

    I really wondered if there were more outdoor Cafe's [rather busy!] than shop's.
    The old town has plenty of shop's selling souvenir's and postcard's. I found this one with the Cat's for sale, I thought a rather different souvenir!

    If you want a yummy Ice-cream in a Cone, then there is a shop here with umpteen flavour's to suit anyone's taste bud. Stop, and try one!

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    Annecy at Night

    by Goner Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    The evenings in Annecy in the month of August are very festive. Lights are strung along the canals, people are out strolling, having dinner along the canal and walking along the lake. Street muscians and performers make for great entertainment - some of the best I've every seen. We saw a one man show that kept a crowd of 50 people mesmirized for an hour. He rode a unicycle, did magic tricks and included the onlookers in his act.

    Get yourself a big ice cream and take a stroll along the canals or Quai Napoleon and see Lac d'Annecy in the moonlight.

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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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    Walk through the old section of town

    by firechick Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Walking through the old part of town is fascinating in itself. You can also stop into the shops here - lots of small and unusual shops (closed 12-2:30pm) as well as some more expensive high-end stores are located here, as well as many restaurants and cafes.

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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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    SIGHTSEEING IN ANNECY

    by balhannah Written Dec 27, 2011

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    Annecy is one of those pretty old Town's that has canal's running through the city and old town, perhap's making it a little like Venice!
    Just wander, get lost, well, you really couldn't, and enjoy the finds you have!
    I saw many Archway's, Town Gates, old building's covered in Ivy, the Lake, plenty of shop's, and lastly plenty of People!!
    This is one city, that I think you will find a lot of people at any time so be prepared!

    We found a car-park at the Chateau on the hill, and from here, it was a short walk down the path and into the main part of the Old Town.

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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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    CHURCH OF ST. MAURICE

    by balhannah Written Dec 27, 2011

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    The former church of the Dominicans built in the 15th century, is located in the heart of the "old" town, and is always open.
    There are nice stained glass window's behind Christ on the Wooden Cross, and some old Mural's and a lovely Pieta.

    Something you must see, to the left of the choir, is the "trompe l'oeil" painting of the 15th century.

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    Market day in Annecy

    by GentleSpirit Written Sep 22, 2014

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    Just as it is in all French cities, market day in Annecy is a big production. What is neat in Annecy is that they line the bridges with vendors stalls and it doesn't appear to be divided up into sections selling breads,cheese etc. Its just one big group of vendors. There seemed to be a lot of emphasis on organic and variety of sausages the day I went.

    Watch out with the Cheeses, some of them are very pungent. I was told that fruits and vegetables were reasonably priced, but cheeses and meats were more expensive than the supermarket.

    Even in the rain!
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    Wonderfully shabby buildings

    by Maryimelda Updated Oct 13, 2012

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    There are a number of little alleyways and backstreets in Annecy's Old Town where you will find many buildings that are in disrepair especially where the paintwork is concerned. There would be many people who wouldn't be able to resist the temptation to renovate and restore, but I found them absolutely charming just the way they are.

    I have been in other towns in Europe (Colmar and Erfurt come to mind) where the shabby buildings are in actual fact, in danger of being lost because of severe timber and foundation neglect but these in Annecy are different. They appear to be strong and safe in their construction. They just have had some of the paintwork age in the weather. I feel that they add a lot to the already marvellous atmosphere and ambience in Annecy

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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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