don't plan on this!
Two of the sites that i had seen in preparing for this journey are not available.
St Maurice church is a 15th century church done in flamboyant gothic style. Today it is under restoration, you cannot access any part of it at all.
The Hotel de Ville, which had a gorgeous facade in the pictures, is also under restoration. You can still get in the building, but the facade is being redone.Related to:
- Historical Travel
RENT A CITROEN 2CV !! TURN BACK THE CLOCK !
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.comRelated to:
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St Pierre Cathedral
The Cathedral of Annecy (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre d'Annecy) was originally built as a Fransiscan convent, later it was restored to Cathedral status in 1822. Like so many other cathedrals in France it was used as a storage facility during the French Revolution.Related to:
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Wherever we travel, we find out when market day is. For a comprehensive list of markets, have a look at the website: http://en.lac-annecy.com/markets-70.htm . We visited the Rue Sainte Claire Market twice, on Tuesday and Friday. There is also a market here on Sunday. Just look at the produce on offer.Related to:
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parks near the lake
Walking from the Old Town we ended up at Annecy lake where at its banks right in front of the edge are three small parks next to each other. We didn’t spend much time at Le Champs de Mars but we walked a bit along La Paquier (which is actually part of Le Champs de Maris anyway) and Jardins de l’Europe that are connected by pont des Amours, a bridge that many couples choose to pose on because of the beautiful background (the lake from one side and a picturesque canal on the other).
From these parks you have lovely view of the lake but also of the surrounding mountains. At Jardins de l’Europe we noticed several plants (there are about 250 trees) but it was the Vasse canal along with Jules Phileppe dock where we spent more time because of the scenery (rows of picturesque fishing boats).
A statue that dominates Jardins de l’Europe is Le monument Berthollet (pic 5), a bronze statue made by Marochetti that was erected in 1844 (originally at La Paquier but moved 20 years later to its present location). Claude Louis Berthollet (1748-1822) was a famous chemist that later became vice president of the French Senate.
Saint Maurice church
Walking around in a lazy way and spending too much time drinking coffee and chocolate didn’t allow us proper visit to most churches in Annecy which now I regret a bit because most of them were open through out the day. We saw Saint Maurice church earlier in the day and then later in the evening but we managed not to get inside no matter how many times we passed by (it’s located in the middle of town)
So we just left with the information we’ve read at Wikipedia. It’s a roman catholic church that was built as a chapel of a Dominican convent in 1422 and is actually the oldest church in Annecy. It was built in gothic style with several chapels made by different noble families. I usually complain for the limited opening times of some churches but as I said this one was open all day and didn’t go….Related to:
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St. Maurice Church
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).Related to:
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Lake or Lac d'Annecy
This is the center of activity the lake at Annecy. It is call the green Venice and for good reason, canals in the city and big lake ,lots of water but green and nice.
Some of the towns around the lake with great views of it,and easy use of its services.
The North Shore is called the Annecy Agglomeration: common and Annecy Annecy-le-Vieux. The East Bank is called 'Rive du Soleil': communes of Veyrier-du-Lac, Menthon-Saint-Bernard and Talloires.The West Bank is called "rive gauche": communes to Sevrier, Saint-Jorioz, Duingt. The South Shore is called the "Bout du lac": municipalities of Doussard and Lathuile.
14,6 kms long with 38 kms of diameter is a nice size lake indeed.Lots of fauna, fish, and sport activities as well as boat rides. And the big Fête du Lac, or festival of the Lake.
which will be August 2nd this year, info at
we arrive by car and then walk all over the lake around Annecy and the Lake front. Nice.Here is the city of Annecy info on the tourist office
- Family Travel
- Sailing and Boating
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Museum Castle of Annecy
a wonderful fortress in the city now a museum, and great for the whole family while in Annecy. This was a fortress where the Counts of Geneva and the House of Savoie came to stays, then it was a police headquarters or caserne, and now is a museum of the borders of the Lake and the Mountains of Savoie. you great views from it overlooking the city and beyond Vieil Annecy (old annecy). You can come up on foot from several parking by the banks of the canals.
The fortress castle is first mentioned since 1371 on the rocky steep. The beginning are not really known but the most famous structure is the tour de la Reine, or queen's tower that overlook the entry to the castle from the 13C and its the oldest element of it. The Vieux logis or old lodgings was built in the 13C on the north side by the Counts of Geneva for five generations until the extinction of the line in 1394. In the 15C the construction of the tour and of the logis Perrière fixed the borders of the castle to the east. The tower guards the approaches of the castle especially on the district of faubourg and porte Perrière, one of the four with access to the fortress castle.
In the 16C the lodging of the logis Nemours and logis Neuf were done. From the 17C it was used as troops headquarters, such as during the wars of the Ligue d'Augsbourg 1691-1696, Spanish 1748-1752, and Austrians 1814. During the French revolution the fortress took the name of the "caserne de la montagne" or headquarters of the mountain. In 1796 worked is done to house before the winter troops of the French Republic for 800 men and 100 horses. At the union of the Savoie with France in 1860 the castle maintains its military presence.
During the WWI (1914-1918),Germans officers were imprisionent here. The French army finally leaves the castle in 1947. From 1956,exhibitions and expos began to be done with the salle des Colonnes restored,and eventually little by little more is held, then the tour and logis Perrière are restored (1988-1992). 40 years of work to finally have it all restore and nice museum available for all to enjoy.
admission adult is now 5,20€ and hours are From 01/10 to 31/12: open every day (10 h to 12 h and 14 h to 17 h) except on Tuesdays, 01/11, 11/11, 25/12.From 02/01 to 31/05: open every day (10 h to 12 h and 14 h to 17 h) except the Tuesday, 20/04, 21/04, 01/05.From 01/06 to 30/09: open every day (10 h 30 to 18 h).Related to:
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Carnaval vénitien d'Annecy
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.Related to:
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The Thiou quays
The Thiou canal, the Lake of Annecy's natural spillway, has always been one of the most attractive elements of the town. It has procured a constant source of hydraulic energy.
The Thiou quays
The quays which run along this stream remain a priviledged place where artists like to come and put up their easels to paint the "Savoyard Venise".
Hiking in the woods (see...
Hiking in the woods (see above). This view looks down onto the town, past the Monastery Chuch mentioned earlier on this page.
Great views and some good healthy exercise!Related to:
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Annecy by night is a lovely...
Annecy by night is a lovely spectacle, and strolling the streets and canalside promenades is a pleasant way to spend the evening.
Along the canals, there are so many bars, cafe's and restaurants you can choose from and I'm sure they all are wonderful and charming in their own little way.
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